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Defining “Scaling” Agile, Part 6: Creating the Agile Organization

We might start to think about agile approaches as a project change. However, if you want to “scale” agile, the entire culture changes. Here is a list of the series and how everything changes the organization’s culture: Defining “Scaling” Agile, Part 1: Creating Cross-Functional Feature Teams. Without feature teams, I don’t see how you can have the necessary collaboration for ...

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4 Daily Scrum Tips for Product Owners & Product Managers

The Daily Scrum meeting is a common meeting for agile teams. But I still find that some product managers and owners aren’t sure if and when they should attend it. This post shares my recommendations on if, how often, and how you should participate in the Daily Scrum. Tip #1: Know what it’s all about The Daily Scrum meeting, sometimes ...

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What are you defining as “Done”?

Agility is why most organizations adopt Scrum. The actual agility an organization achieves is rooted in how sophisticated Scrum is being employed. Beyond the mere adoption of Scrum, enterprise agility is much accelerated if the organization re-emerges its structures around Scrum. With re-vers-ify I remind people that structures need to be re-imagined, rather than predicted or copied, often upon re-imagining Scrum. Through ...

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Defining “Scaling” Agile, Part 5: Agile Management

One of the challenges I see in organizations is how managers can use agile approaches. One of the biggest problems is that the entire organization is organized for resource efficiency (think silos of functional experts). Agile approaches use flow efficiency. Thinking in flow efficiency changes everything.               Many people in organizations believe that dividing ...

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Thinking About What to Call Team Members and Managers

Bob Sutton (@work_matters) tweeted this the other day: Perhaps companies ought to stop using “IC” or “Individual Contributor.” It seems to absolve such employees from helping others I retweeted it and we had some back-and-forth about what to call people i organizations. Let’s eliminate these words for people who are not managers: Individual Contributor: There are no one-person projects or ...

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Defining “Scaling” Agile, Part 4: Sharing Agile Outside of Product Development

Here’s where we are so far in this discussion of what it might mean to “scale” agile approaches: Part 1: Creating Cross-Functional Feature Teams (Teams that can produce features on a regular basis) Part 2: Programs of Cross-Functional Feature Teams (Programs (multiple teams working together) that deliver features on a regular basis) Part 3: Agile Product Development (Adaptive and continual planning ...

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Balance Your Portfolio with the Product Portfolio Matrix

The product portfolio matrix is a handy tool that helps you make the right product portfolio decisions. This post explains how you can effectively apply it to manage a portfolio of digital products. The Matrix Reloaded The product portfolio matrix, also called growth–share and BCG matrix, wants to help you achieve the right blend of young and established products in order to ...

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