As Lean thinking began to permeate the Agile community in the mid-00’s, a set of guiding principles emerged. The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) website includes a list of these principles and some good definitions. The first Lean-Agile principle is take an economic view. You may ask: An economic view of what? Well, basically everything we do, at all levels. One way to think about it is to consider how much value we obtain compared to the effort necessary to obtain it. I like to call that the value-to-effort ratio. A value-to-effort ratio greater than 1.0 might be okay. A value-to-effort…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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A recent discussion got me thinking about how governance (assuring regulatory compliance, etc.) fits in with “Agile” delivery methods. We were discussing how to advise a client about where to apply agile approaches and why. When the subject of governance came around, someone tossed out a statement along the lines of, “Well, that’s just like waterfall, so there’s nothing to do there.” The statement took me aback. I asked for clarification. The reasoning was that governance requirements are predefined and fixed, while agile methods are based on collaboration and feedback loops to discover stakeholder needs and to steer work in…read more
I’ve worked for LeadingAgile for the better part of four years. Did you hear that? The word is even in the name of the company that pays me. Agile. It used to matter to me, but now that I’ve been an Agile practitioner for almost 15 years—I’m not even really that passionate about it. I’m sure by the time this is published I will have had to reassure my executive team and peers that they don’t need to worry. However, don’t get me wrong. Agile techniques and practices are about the only tools I would ever use in my consulting…read more
You’re not Agile. That isn’t Agile. That isn’t how you do Scrum. That’s not SAFe. When did we decide to canonize the gospels according to Cockburn, Schwaber, Sutherland, and Leffingwell? What ever happened to: “we are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others to do it?” When did we begin putting Agile over Agility? Let’s be real. Most companies can’t actually do Agile. They can’t do Agile at scale. They aren’t built for it. Faced with that reality, you have two choices—change Agile, or change the company. Most companies will benefit from better organizational alignment.…read more
Suppose your organization doesn’t truly know what would be valuable to your customers and you don’t have good technical practices, delivery capability or Agile project management. What would you improve first? Would a focus on customer value lead to improved technical practices? Would a reliable delivery process enable the organization to explore and meet customer needs more effectively? Okay, let me ask you this….Is there any point in a software development team learning to build higher-quality software and learning to do it faster if it doesn’t solve a business problem, remove a constraint, or help meet our business goals? Focusing…read more
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