Metaphors are used extensively in technical fields. I was pondering some basic questions about them, such as: What is a metaphor? What is a metaphor not? How does metaphor aid in understanding unfamiliar concepts? What is the value of metaphor in human communication? What are the limitations and risks of metaphor? Metaphors that have become defining terms Metaphors people may have forgotten are not defining terms What new metaphors have been adopted to describe emerging technologies and capabilities? How much weight should we give metaphors to help us understand technologies and capabilities (new or old)? What Is a Metaphor? According…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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The original working title of this post was A teleological perspective on the reconciliation of antinomies in interpersonal interactions and the implications of reconciling ambiguities for clarity of communication and improved understanding, because I wanted something bright and punchy, but ultimately it ended up different. Hope it’s okay. TL;DR Version Notwithstanding the wide range of disparate disciplines involved, our field is characterized above all by endless, circular debate over seemingly-trivial differences in word-meanings. After many years as one of those irritating people who’s always harping on word-meanings, I’ve come around to thinking it’s not the precise use of clearly-defined words…read more
If you’ve met a great product person you’ve met a time traveler. The great ones, in fact, find themselves moving through the dimensions of time in the same day—sometimes even before lunch. It is essential for the success of their products that they can do this well and never get stuck in any one dimension (past, present, future) too long to neglect the needs of the other two. Is time travel for you? If your hope is to build compelling products that customer love, then you should make it a part of your routine today, and tomorrow—and yesterday. Why Time…read more
Previously in this series, we’ve discussed the value of unit testing shell scripts and explored how to roll our own test script, how to use the shunit2 library, how to use bash-spec for a behavioral-style approach, and how to use Pester to test-drive a Powershell script. Now we’ll look at two unit test frameworks for the server provisioning tools, Chef and Puppet. Value and Limitations of Unit Testing Provisioning Scripts In general, functional checking performed early in the delivery pipeline is faster and cheaper than checking performed later in the pipeline. The test cases can be of very small scope…read more
So far, in this series of posts on unit testing shell scripts, we’ve covered several tools for unit testing scripts written in common *nix shell languages like bash, korn, and zsh. The same concepts and methods apply to any shell. The tools covered so far are general-purpose test frameworks for shell languages on *nix systems: shunit2, BATS, zunit, bash-spec, and korn-spec. There are also unit testing frameworks designed to support specific use cases, like Pester (for Powershell), t-rexx (for Rexx), ChefSpec (for Chef recipes), and rspec-puppet (for Puppet). In this fourth installment, we’ll take a look at Pester, the unit…read more
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