Archive for the ‘Agile’ Category

The Hawthorne Effect Revisited

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A recent article on BBC reminded me of the well-known Hawthorne Effect. Or maybe it isn’t as well-known as I thought. A factory in the Chicago area, the Hawthorne Works, commissioned a study in 1924-32 “to see if their workers would become more productive in higher or lower levels of light” (quoting Wikipedia). There was a temporary increase […]

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Zombie Scrum

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A year ago, your organization adopted the Scrum framework. Scrum helped you break down functional silos, improve communication with stakeholders, increase collaboration on your team and across teams, and facilitate cross-disciplinary skill development among staff members. It was exciting at first. Everyone was engaged and everyone was enthusiastic. Stable teams were established, and work was […]

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The Real Work of an Agile Transformation

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The work of Enterprise Agile Transformation

A truly Agile organization will always have these three things in place: Cross-functional teams Clearly articulated backlogs The ability to produce incremental, working, tested software. Anything that gets in the way of making these three things a reality is considered an impediment and removing the impediments is the work of an Agile Transformation. Mike and Dennis […]

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Agile Metrics: A GQM Approach

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When undertaking an Agile transformation, there is a need to collect data to demonstrate progress and show improvement, but where does one even start? Common Agile metrics approaches do well at measuring team velocity and throughput but can sometimes overlook the requirements of executive sponsors, product management, and other key stakeholders. This problem is often […]

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