Ponder this scenario… Suppose you have an Agile team building applications based on data API’s that are managed by a services team. Suppose that you cannot change the structure of the organization. If changes are needed to get a different data field from the API in support of a feature in your app — what do you do? The answer is a cross-team story. A cross-team story is really two parts: the validation piece of the story stays with the team that identified the need, and the actual development work story goes to the team that completes the work. If both…read more
Adopting agile is never about adopting agile practices. It’s not even about adopting an agile culture. While those things are important, if you don’t achieve better business outcomes, adopting agile is not worth the investment. Your journey toward greater business agility starts by identifying what outcomes are most important to your company’s success. This knowledge helps you lay a foundation for making decisions about how to tailor your approach and guide your transformation to measurably show progress toward your critical business objectives.
Agile tends to focus on adaptability, but predictability is most often cited as the reason for an agile transformation.
As organizations scale, product quality often suffers. Agile focuses on quality from requirements through implementation.
Many organizations struggle with 18 month delivery cycles. Agile helps your team accelerate time to market and revenue.
Cost savings are tough to promise, but agile can help make sure you are only spending money on the features most likely to generate revenue.
As companies grow sometimes they slow down and lose the ability to innovate. Agile can help you get back your competitive edge.
Delivering on time is only important if you are delivering the right product. Agile can help you get the feedback you need.
We start by helping you take a look at what your company values from a planning perspective and comparing that against what your customer values from a delivery perspective. Organizations often find themselves operating in ways that don’t align with the goals of their customers. They might try to adopt agile to get things in sync, but end up out of alignment with how the rest of their company does business. Getting everyone working together is a process that can be planned and executed with clearly defined goals and measurable outcomes.
Far too often agile is sold as a predefined set of roles, artifacts, and ceremonies, and when those roles, artifacts, and ceremonies don’t work in your organization, it’s somehow your fault. The problem is that adopting agile is more about creating the conditions for agile to thrive rather than simply teaching people a new process or a new way of thinking. Adopting agile is about forming teams, building backlogs, and regularly producing working tested product increments. Transformation is about systematically removing barriers to making that happen.
Making the journey involves defining a team based organizational structure, a governance model to coordinate value, and a metrics strategy to guide and shape your transformation activities. We help you craft a pilot approach to exercise the structure, validate the framework, and challenge any assumptions made during planning. Metrics guide and inform our progress and help to shape the remainder of the transformation. Finally, we prepare your team with the knowledge and skills necessary to sustain the changes after our consultants have moved on.
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I did a post last week called ‘Are People Really Afraid To Change’. If you have a minute, go check it out before you read on… we’ll wait… I’ve never been skydiving. Almost went in my early 20’s, but when the time came to go, I didn’t have any money so I had to stay home. Kind of a bummer. Fast forward a few years and Kimi and I started having kids. I had a job, responsibilities, a mortgage… people in my life that were counting on me to provide for them. I still wanted to go skydiving. I never…read more
Mike Cottmeyer’s last blog, ‘Are People Really Afraid of Change?’, offers important questions for creating a successful transformation. A transformation of any kind – whether personal or organizational. I am reminded that fear may or may not be at the root of resistance. Often, fear – resistance – edge behavior is precipitated or reinforced by the absence of fundamental change practices: Lack of Information Do I/we have enough information/content understanding about what we are changing? How will it specifically help our organization? How will we take a great idea and make it work in the context of our organization? What…read more
Thought Exercise One Let’s say for the moment that I am the CIO of a mid-sized company. I have a team of 100 or so people building software. Let’s also say that those 100 people are largely dedicated to 10-15 smaller products, there are few dependencies between those products, and we are currently using traditional project management to coordinate the flow of value across the organization. Let’s also say for the moment that my traditional project management approach isn’t working so well and I seem to have as many Project Managers as I have developers. I hear about this new…read more
Maybe. Sometimes. But here is my take. I think most people are reasonable. If there is a better way to do something, they’ll consider it. Just because they resist, doesn’t mean they are afraid. It might mean you haven’t made a compelling case. It might mean that they have legitimate constraints that you haven’t taken into consideration. It might mean that they don’t value the same things you value. It might mean their priorities aren’t the same as your priorities. It might mean you haven’t created enough safety. Sometimes we show up with a shiny new hammer and want to…read more
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If you’re ready to get started, or even if you’d just like more information, the first step is to reach out and let us know you’d like to talk. Our team will setup a quick call to learn more about your organization, what you’d like to accomplish, as well as your budget and how soon you’d like to get started. Next we’ll put you on the phone with Mike, Dennis, or Jim to dive a little deeper into your goals and current challenges. If we both think there is an opportunity to help, next step is to get in a room to talk and explore our approach in more detail.