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Field Notes

Posts by Derek Huether

Get Clarity


I believe the number one reason for failure or waste is a lack of clarity or understanding. If you get clarity on something, it gives you the freedom to decide if you want to do it or not.  If something is ambiguous, you may agree in principle but you don’t know what you’re really getting […]

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E-Shaped Staff


Because organizations rely on an ever increasing number of technologies, we often wind up with an increased number of specialists on staff.  When departments over-specialize, they develop silos and increase the number of organizational dependencies.  Everything begins to require multiple handoff and things slow down.  To counter silos and increase the flow of value moving through the system […]

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Definition of Done


Is it done, is it done done, or is it done done done? I bet you’ve asked that question before, if you are in the business of application development.  When asking the questions, it is important to note who you are and your level in the organization. Delivery teams, program teams, and portfolio teams define […]

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5 Gaps In Scrum

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I recently spoke at a corporate community of practice event.  My session presented a useful model to identify indicators within a system to predict its failure. First, we started by applying the model to everyday systems everyone could relate to.  Next, I asked the attendees to map a system of their own. As I walked them through my […]

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Top 3 Dependency Types


True agility comes by breaking dependencies between teams across the organization. It all begins by defining a rational system of delivery for the enterprise.  Next, healthy culture and solid practices should emerge within that rational delivery framework. For those who wish to transform their organizations, solving for the issues that get in the way of effectively […]

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