Technical teams who are building or supporting application software usually work from a prioritized list of improvements, new features, and ideas to try out. (Scrum calls the list the Product Backlog.) They have a plan for completing the items on the list. Except in cases when the totality of the work is completely understood in advance, contemporary practice involves rolling-wave planning or multi-horizon planning in some form, whereby teams pull a subset of items from the top of the list and work out the details, rather than specifying everything in the plan in detail up front. That way, they avoid…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 Talk, The Presentation, and The White Paper First, we’d like to thank all of you that were able to attend Mike’s talk at Agile 2018. We know that it was a lot of information to digest, so we wanted to send you home with a little something extra to make sure that all the ideas and concepts remain fresh in your mind. That’s why we’re giving you his deck to take with you, and a white paper that will continue to build the case that a systems-first Transformation is truly the only option. If you weren’t there for the…read more
If you conduct hands-on technical training classes or workshops, you may have experienced some delay at the start of the session in getting all the participants configured and connected so they can start working. In my experience, it’s common to burn half a day and sometimes more dealing with setup and connection issues on everyone’s workstation or laptop. Strangely, even when participants are using similar equipment the gremlins of software and networking find ways to give each person a unique problem. Often, we have to call in a local expert to diagnose network issues. Trainers and consultants address the issue…read more
Organizations that build and support software have many unique challenges. They also have quite a few common challenges. One of those is how to help new technical team members come up to speed on the technical environment, coding standards, naming conventions, code base, build and deploy tooling, version control standards and conventions, and so forth. Not long ago, someone posted a question on Twitter to start a discussion: People replied with a number of suggestions, including: Diagrams Flowcharts (and a tool recommendation) The C4 Model Source comments Commit messages Overview of the code Where to find things How to run…read more
So how does an Agile consultancy go about redesigning a website? I’ll give you a hint, a big bang launch isn’t the right answer. I’ve been a part of website design, and redesign, projects for a long time now and the conversations always seem to start the same way. Leadership: “We want to get the new website out quickly so let’s only touch what we have to” Designer: “Well, I’m thinking of a design revolution that is going to impact every part of the site. Before I get started, don’t you think it’s time to update the content on the…read more
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