For starters, let me just say there’s no problem with story points. Story points are a way of expressing the relative sizes of stories. They can be helpful for short-term planning of software development activities. Unfortunately, sometimes people get hung up on the numbers, and they lose track of the substance. People can get into the habit of repeating the buzzwords and marketing phrases that go along with a particular named or branded Thing. I’ve noticed a lot of software development teams bring certain buzzwords into their everyday vocabulary and use them creatively (or carelessly). It’s cool for a team…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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This talk covers techniques and approaches to developing and communicating roadmaps to your organization. Balancing Agility and predictability in a roadmap is a challenge, and stakeholders require transparency in order to effectively drive organizations forward. Product teams that efficiently deliver value to market require the flexibility to make decisions using the latest discovery and learning, while giving their team time to plan for the product’s direction. Whether your team is a startup looking to define your product strategy, or an enterprise looking to remain competitive while coordinating across hundreds of teams, this event will deliver valuable insights and techniques…read more
In slide #9 of this deck about using cycle time analytics in forecasting, Troy Magennis shows that when four people plan to meet for dinner, there is only one chance in 16 that all four will arrive on time. Typical corporate management thinking would solve this problem by creating a Department of Dinner Planning and promulgating detailed procedures, based on Industry Best Practices, to ensure people arrived on time for each dinner. When that didn’t work (and it wouldn’t, of course), the typical response would be to tighten the screws. Make the procedures even more detailed. Limit the choice of…read more
I work with some really smart people. On a regular basis, they create and do things that challenge and inspire me. This morning I got up and read this post by Dave Nicolette. In it, Dave shares his thoughts on the relationship between Quality, Craft, and Value. He uses the metaphor of the impact a jazz solo has to explain the relationship between these things. Because I have consumed an irresponsible amount of caffeine this morning—and because I love trying to connect music, art, and what we build… I’m Having All The Thoughts and They Must be Set Free Dave…read more
“Unit test” is a funny term. It seems to be the subject of all kinds of debate. Most of that debate is unresolvable, as it involves personal opinion and emotion above all else. Most of the issues people have with the term come down to just two things: The word “unit,” and the word “test.” People can accept the other words in the phrase, as long as we remove those two. Some people object to the term unit test because of the word “test.” An executable unit test is really a functional check; not the same thing as testing the…read more
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