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Agile Transformation is a Journey (Part 6)

Part of what makes an agile transformation difficult is the cultural change required. That’s what makes an agile transformation a journey. A client said to me, “I want the agile. The agile is good stuff: faster delivery of smaller stuff that we can get revenue for. I want it now. How fast can I get it?” This manager is not ...

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Agile Transformation: More Possible Organizational Measurements (Part 5)

I’ve been thinking more about possible measurements in an agile transformation journey. The first Possible Measurements post focuses on product throughput measurements. This post will focus on measurements you might see when the culture changes with an agile transformation. Again, do start with your why. Without knowing why you want to use agile approaches throughout the organization, you can’t generate reasonable measurements. ...

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Agile Transformation: Possible Organizational Measurements (Part 4)

“What should I measure???” is one of the questions I see when I work with people going through an agile transformation. Too often, managers measure people as individuals. (Traditional measurements focus on resource efficiency instead of flow efficiency.) Resource efficiency measures don’t measure what the organization delivers or what prevents the organization from delivering. This measurement question can be the ...

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Product Owners need 4 things

To be an effective Product Owner – and that includes product managers and business analysts who are nominating work for teams to do – you need at least four things. You may well need more than these four but these are common across all teams and domains. 1. Skills and experience There is more to being a Product Owner than ...

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Agile Transformation: See Your System and Culture (Part 3)

If you read my scaling agile series, you can see that becoming an agile organization requires seeing your organization as a system with a culture. You can start with teams, move to programs and the product part of the organization. If you don’t also address the cultural problems of rewards, you won’t continue with your agile transformation. You know why ...

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Agile Transformation: Practice Change (Part 2)

Agile culture is about the ability to change. (You need to know why you want to change, but once you know that, agile cultures promote change.) We (as agile teams and organizations) deliver something to get some feedback and learning. We use that feedback and learning about what we just did to challenge our assumptions and experiment with our next ...

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Agile Transformation: Introduction &Answering Why (Part1)

Introduction to an Agile Transformation series… I’ve seen several agile transformation challenges. Since I want to address those challenges, this is a series of posts about agile transformation. The  problems I’m planning to address are: Understanding why agile, why now Change and why we might not be so facile with change and how that challenges a transformation How to see ...

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Just Hired! Our new Digital Scrum Master (and a total geek)

Whether your team is agile or not, whether you envision to build a great agile team, taking baby steps towards that or have no idea what this is, we discovered an awesome tool that will help you manage and build culture in your team. Initially created to bridge the gap of agile methodologies and distributed teams (aka co-located, remote offices ...

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Minimally Viable Team in a nutshell

Last week I was in Holland helping a client with their agile adoption and digital transformation. When the subject of teams came up I started talking about Minimally Viable Teams. Yesterday I found myself writing an e-mail to the client expanding on the idea. And it seemed to me that the e-mail – or an edited version – was worth ...

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