Archive for the ‘Agile’ Category

Works on my Machine

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One of the most insidious obstacles to continuous delivery (and to continuous flow in software delivery generally) is the works-on-my-machine phenomenon. Anyone who has worked on a software development team or an infrastructure support team has experienced it. Anyone who works with such teams has heard the phrase spoken during (attempted) demos. The issue is so common there’s even […]

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Why not just define the solution in advance?

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If you’re familiar with our model of organizational transformation, then you know we’re fond of the metaphor of taking a journey in a specific direction, possibly (but not necessarily) ending up at the farthest imaginable point of that journey. We think of the journey as a series of expeditions, each of which aims to fulfill a portion of a vision and plan. […]

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Get Clarity

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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

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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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Is There Life Beyond Scrum?

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When Scrum was first defined, it addressed a number of issues that plagued IT organizations of the 1980s. Functional silos and their key side-effect, cross-team dependencies. Lack of clear communication. Extended lead times. Poor alignment of solutions with needs. High defect rates. More. To this day, Scrum continues to be a valuable tool for teams […]

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