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Field Notes

Posts by Rick Austin

Portfolio Management in an Agile World

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When organizations move to agile for software delivery, there is often tension with traditional portfolio management. This talk illustrates how an organization can move from traditional portfolio management approaches to one that embraces agile software delivery. Doing so enables organizations to become predictable, improve the flow of value delivered, and pivot more quickly if necessary. […]

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What Do You Mean The Ship Is Sinking?

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How do you know if you are making improvements where they can have the most impact? Can you be sure the improvements being made will provide the benefits expected or that those benefits actually help deliver more value? Those of us that work in software development organizations have many opportunities to improve how work is […]

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Can You Hear It?

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A few nights ago we were watching The Voice. Every few minutes and seconds both audio and video would pause. The inability to hear feedback from the coaches or understand the context of their comments because we couldn’t hear the full song being performed was very frustrating. We eventually just stopped watching. This made me […]

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Outcomes Over Being Busy

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How often have you asked friends or co-workers how they where doing and they respond that they have way too much on their plate and feel like they are constantly juggling things? I often feel the same way. When I look the constant channels of input – email, texts, phone calls – it is no […]

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Definition of Ready

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In an Agile Transformation, one of the first things we work towards is to create an ability to deliver in a predictable manner. As described in our Compass and our Journey, there is a clear path for organizations that embark on an Agile Transformation. By becoming predictable, an organization can make and keep promises. In […]

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