This is part 1 of 2. Part 2 will help self-organizing teams work with micromanagers. Well, it’ll try. Those “Agile” people are always telling managers how they should run things, as if they knew better. Allow people to form self-organizing teams, let them take ownership of their work, give them a prioritized list of objectives and the resources they need to get the work done, and get out of their way. Then the magic will happen. That advice can be pretty counter-intuitive for a traditionally-minded manager. I wonder if the problem is the way those “Agile” people talk. They describe everything…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.
LeadingAgile facilitates the process by providing a unique blend of service offerings designed to help you define, implement, and sustain your agile transformation. Consulting and Media provide the foundation to implement the LeadingAgile change management approach. Training and Talent help you build the necessary infrastructure to find, hire, and develop your people as the organization grows. Studios and Labs work side by side with you to sustain the change, build products, and create innovative new solutions for your market.
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When organizations move to agile for software delivery, there is often tension with traditional portfolio management. This talk illustrates how an organization can move from traditional portfolio management approaches to one that embraces agile software delivery. Doing so enables organizations to become predictable, improve the flow of value delivered, and pivot more quickly if necessary. We will demonstrate the use of governance that allows a more adaptive portfolio management approach.read more
Recently, a client asked me what an ideal feature-estimation-week would look like. It was a fairly straightforward question, but I knew she was setting a trap. We had been training on and using ideal weeks for six months already, so this caught me off guard. It took me a little bit to wrap my head around the idea of an “ideal week” and to figure out why she was even asking You see, it wasn’t just a random question. The client was wondering if she should take into account how many team members would be working on the feature. She…read more
People who want to join LeadingAgile in a technical consulting role help us gain a sense of how they approach common problems by working through one or more hands-on exercises. Just as a picture is worth a thousand words, a demonstration is worth a thousand interview questions. Somehow, a lot of candidates seem to miss the point of the hands-on exercises. We’ve examined the instructions carefully to see if we forgot to mention something important, and we don’t see what’s missing. Of course, anything can be improved, and feedback is always welcome. Yet, around nine out of every ten candidates…read more
It’s no secret that Agile is becoming more and more mainstream. Some might even say that it’s crossed the chasm and is considered to be the preferred method of software development. As a viable option for organizing work outside of the IT world, the industry is seeing new applications for Agile every day in a multitude of industries such as supply chain management, retail, and even fast food. So, as Agile has become more prevalent, people from traditional project management backgrounds have jumped ship en masse to make the journey to become Agile. Some are seeking to make a complete…read more
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