A conversation with Enterprise Transformation Consultant Jeff Howey about Agile practices being used outside of IT organizations. How did you start working in HR? When I started working with the HR business organization, it was actually helpful that most of the technology teams were individually running with a basic form of Scrum or Kanban already. The leaders of the business area understood the value of visibility, predictability and adaptability that were improving through the practice of Agile in the technology teams. They knew they also wanted predictability, to focus on value, to make and meet promises out of the HR business…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 design pattern is a re-usable form of a solution to a design problem, given a context. The idea was introduced by the architect Christopher Alexander  and has been adapted for various other disciplines, most notably computer science and software development. If you come from the development side of the house, you should be familiar with patterns. Back in the 90’s a bunch of really smart dudes known as the Gang of Four (GoF), inspired by Alexander, published one of the all-time great software engineering books “Design Patterns – Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software”. This book ignited the concept…read more
My wife dragged me off to do yoga this morning and I’m glad she did. The instructor really got me thinking with some of her instruction. She had a theme today around how yoga is not the poses or the positions or even the movements, but rather a state of mind. She repeatedly pressed us to get in a yoga mindset. The mindset of balance, and centering and relentlessly seeking effectiveness with our bodies in such a way that it propels us not just through the yoga session, but through the rest of our lives. Pretty existential stuff really, but…read more
A conversation with SVP, Senior Consultant Marty Bradley about how developer maturity plays a role in forming software development teams. Hey Marty, so what’s the difference between a programmer, developer, engineer or consultant? To me the biggest distinction is that developers don’t do things more than once. For example, one of the first things we try to get a team to do is move towards at least a daily build. Initially they will have to do it manually. What will happen with a developer is that once they have done that once or twice a night they get tired of it. Then…read more
My life just does not work without this. I have always had my general to do and tasks lists and ever famous highlighters to mark them off when they’ve been completed. I’ve always said if it doesn’t get written down, it won’t happen. But it wasn’t until I attended Agile2016 and Catherine Swetel’s Personal Kanban session took me to the next level. It was life changing. That may sound melodramatic, but let me explain. I have always had my general to do and tasks lists but Personal Kanban session took me to the next level. Companies have their own…read more
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