This one is for software developers. One of the basic ideas of agile software development is that the requesters of software have the primary responsibility to understand customer value and to explain “the What” to the people who build solutions; while the makers have the responsibility to determine “the How” when they build solutions. Yet, a chronic problem throughout the industry is that the makers allow the requesters to dictate “the How.” In particular, I’m thinking about the notion of keeping the software design clean at all times. In clarifying the widely-misunderstood idea of “technical debt,” Ward Cunningham reiterates that…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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Warning: Snark alert. I read something recently – might have been on social media somewhere, but I don’t recall exactly – a story about how test-driven development (TDD) had caused a software development team to allow a defect into their product. The feature in question was a funds transfer operation. A customer could use the application to move funds from one account to another. The thing is, there’s a possibility that a customer might try to transfer funds from and to the same account. The application is not supposed to allow that. Yet, it was possible to do it in…read more
When it comes to software development tools, bigger is better. Apparently. Feature Bloat Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) keep growing. Some of them have so many features I don’t even know all the things they can do. The world in my window High-end IDEs can display many different panels giving various views into system configuration settings, project directory tree, project configuration settings, various “consoles” and log files, and different kinds of source and data files. All or most of these panels can be enabled/disabled and expanded/contracted, and some appear automatically whenever the IDE thinks they should and not necessarily when we…read more
Years ago we lived in Ohio. In our front yard there was a circular bed with a small tree in the center, surrounded by thick shrubbery. The shrubs throve, but the tree looked as if it was barely alive. We called in a tree specialist and he told us the bad news: The tree was dying and we should have it removed. We couldn’t afford to do anything about the tree just then, but we thought the circular bed would look a lot better if the tree were surrounded by flowers rather than by plain bushes. We pulled out the…read more
I was tempted to inject a typo in this post just for the irony. If you find it, post in the comments. Software development is challenging. [tweetable]In an agile world, baking quality in—defect prevention—is the norm, or at least it should be.[/tweetable] Done well, this kind of development can be incredibly rewarding and the feedback loops are almost instantaneous. When teams are test driving, the world of software development simply shows up differently. [tweetable]Working, Tested Product is the primary measure of progress and the value of new functionality for changes can be recognized by customers quickly[/tweetable] Automation and quality is…read more
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