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The Lean Change Method: 1000 Mile View

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Why Lean Change? There are number of key risks to any change initiative faces, the lean change method is an attempt to provide agile change agent with tools and techniques to help manage those risks. Perhaps the biggest challenge any significant change faces is one of resistance. A combination of fear, resentment, and simple inertia causes groups of people to ...

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Refining a Change Canvas to Represent a Minimum Viable Change

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Using a change canvas helps change agents deliver on the first promise of the Lean Change method, that change be negotiated. Following the principle of negotiated change, successful change requires that both change agents and change recipients engage in a cocreative process ensures that any suggested change meets the particular needs of the people being asked to change. The use ...

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Using Story Mapping For Defining Business Requiremets

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Story mapping is a lightweight and collaborative approach to defining and structuring user requirements. Story mapping involves describing the system as a list of features that provide a sequential story of requirements in a user-centric way. It supports iterative delivery where the story is divided into Features which can be prioritized and grouped by planned Releases/Minimum Marketable Features. Approach To ...

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Client Reviews: From Waterfall to Agile

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We are currently transforming a large organization with 200+ people to adopt new agile behaviors. The transformation started off with identifying 3 pilot projects to be the first adopters of agile skills and techniques. The 3 projects started their agile journey with creating a story map to organize and visualize their business requirements. The story mapping technique enabled the project ...

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The Demise of IT Business Analysts

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IT departments typically staff themselves with a group of folks known as business analysts. These folks have the responsibility of talking to folks that work in the business and translating their needs into a format that more technical folks can understand, because for some reason or other, most managers think that developers are unable to speak the same English that ...

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Five Step Illustrated Guide to Setup a Kanban System in an Enterprise Organization

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We’ve been through a significant number of Kanban implementations and our approach has largely been based on the approach outlined in David J. Andersons Kanban book. During our travels, we find that we sometimes need to make certain adjustments to the standard steps and during our recent work with a large-scale organizational transformation where we are applying Kanban across the ...

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What Scrum, Kanban, RUP, and ITIL All Have In Common (which causes them to fail)

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Putting aside the considerable differences in these methods, RUP, CMMI, Scrum, etc are foremost all products, built using a traditional product development approach. This means they have users. Coaches, Managers, Developers, and other knowledge workers who desperately want to achieve better outcomes delivering business technology solutions. These folks read the case studies that accompany these methods and dream of emulating ...

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