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How Well Do Your Policies Create Desired Outcomes and Trust?

Every organization has policies of some sort. The smaller the organization, the fewer policies you might have. And, the larger the organization, the more policies you might think you need. I keep encountering policies that prevent people from delivering the outcomes the organization wants. Worse, the policies destroy trust. Why have policies anyway? We often need policies about how and ...

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Create More Management Transparency

In the agile and lean communities, we talk a lot about transparency. This image is the transparency principle we used in From Chaos to Distributed Agile Teams. I see the most product and program success when the various teams create transparency between them, the middle of the continuum. That’s the full-product transparency. I see many organizations succeed better when the ...

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Process Agility: An Impossibility?

I’ve seen several cases of process standardization recently. Those processes don’t translate to the current context. The processes don’t have sufficient agility to deliver the necessary results. Yet, people who want to use agile approaches don’t want to apply agile thinking to their processes. Some clients want to create their custom agile process— and then standardize it across the organization. ...

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Top 13 Challenges Faced In Agile Testing By Every Tester

Even though we strive for success in whatever journey we undertake, sometimes failure is inevitable. But in most cases, if we just avoid a few blunders and get through major challenges hampering progress, the path to success won’t seem so challenging. The same goes for agile testing teams where the pressure of continuous delivery can be overwhelming. Now, I’m not ...

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Radical Remote Tip: No Standups

Every single person in a leadership position struggles with (agile) team transparency. These leaders think the team members work alone. (I think they’re correct.) The leaders worry that the team won’t finish the team’s work. (Correct again.) What can the leader do about this lack of finishing? More standups. One leader thought he could get people to conduct standups at ...

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Using Enterprise Architecture Framework (TOGAF) in an Agile Way

Ensuring your organization follows best practices, frameworks, tools & deliverables recommended by an Enterprise Architecture framework like TOGAF is a daunting task. Often, we start with high-energy and commitment but the journey to get it in practice in your organization is not an easy path. A pragmatic & progressive way towards building an enterprise architecture capability is similar to Agile ...

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We Won’t Return to Normal; We Will Discover Normal

Many people talk about “going back to normal.” We aren’t going to return to normal. That old normal is gone, at least for a year, if not longer. (I suspect we will cycle between remote work and office work for the foreseeable future.) What we can do is discover a new normal. Discovery requires different skills than delivery. Discovery requires ...

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Coaching conflicts

Last year I was coaching a team. One of the big problems the team faced was excessive work in progress – and tendency for developers to start new work when they hit a blockage. Eventually, with the help of the Product Owner who saw the problem too, we starved the work pipeline. The team actually ran out of work. We ...

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Five Tips for Managers of Newly Dispersed Teams

Are you a manager accustomed to Management by Walking Around and Listening (MBWAL)? You can use MBWAL with collocated teams. MBWAL doesn’t work for distributed or dispersed teams. Remember, working remote is Not Business as Usual. (And won’t be for a while.) And, you might still have this question: “If no one’s in the office, how will I know what ...

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