Making Agile work

End Meeting Hell: Part 3

Not taking time to Understand Together leads to confusion, frustration, and lots of wasted time. You can end meeting hell TOGETHER.

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End Meeting Hell: Part 2

More consequences of command & control behavior blocking the ability to get great things done. You can end meeting hell TOGETHER!

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End Meeting Hell – Part 1

Look familiar? End this meeting hell by involving & engaging, and understanding together to create ownership.

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Scaling Agile – Big Room Planning

Scaled Planning Scaled planning, including slicing and master planning, is a pragmatic approach to help you with your scaled planning challenges. Scaled planning uses the organization’s overall strategic objectives (the target in the middle of the illustration) as the starting point, and from there involves four levels of planning: Slicing Master planning Big room planning […]

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Scaling Agile – Master Planning Together

Scaled planning, including slicing and master planning, is a pragmatic approach to help you with your scaled planning challenges. Scaled planning uses the organization’s overall Strategic objectives (the target in the middle of the illustration) as the starting point, and from there involves four levels of planning: Slicing Master planning Big room planning Sprint planning […]

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Scaling Agile – Slice and Understand Together

Getting started The only right way to start a new development effort is to get slicing and a common understanding in place – and it is very difficult to do. Perhaps you might think you have it in place, and then you start planning and developing, and find out that actually you did not have […]

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Scaling Agile – a Real Story

Scaled Planning Scaled Planning, including slicing and master planning, is a pragmatic approach to help you with your scaled planning challenges. Scaled planning uses the organization’s overall strategic objectives (the target in the middle of the illustration) as the starting point, and from there involves four levels of planning: Slicing Master planning Big room planning […]

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Put the Feedback back into “Demo & Feedback”

Rename your “sprint review” or “iteration review” to demo & feedback, to emphasize that the purpose is to get feedback. Without feedback, we’re blindfolded in our attempt to follow the value and build something that will delight our customers. Demos are not Q&A sessions where every comment or doubt is handled like a question, answered and then forgotten. Instead, be curious and try to understand what’s behind the comments and questions. Nudge your customers to touch and feel your product during demo sessions, and make it very clear that you really, really want their feedback. Never challenge or diminish your customers’ thoughts and ideas during feedback sessions. The time for assessing and prioritizing is AFTER the feedback session, not DURING the feedback session.

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“Flirting” With Your Customers

All over the world, there are classes that teach people how to flirt. A German university even requires their IT engineers take a flirting class—not to attract a partner, but to learn how to interact more effectively in the workplace. While it may sound “light” at first glance, flirting means connecting with others, and connecting is the key to good communication. That is what the first principal of the Agile Manifesto: individuals and interactions over processes and tools is all about.

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Our Agile evolution, and then the revolution

There’s a lot we’ve learned in all the years we’ve been working with organizations looking to deliver value to their customers faster, adjust more quickly to market changes, and have happier employees. Discovering Agile methodologies: XP, DSDM, Crystal, and Scrum changed our lives.

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Communicate Business Value to Your Stakeholders

I’ll let you in on a secret: I don’t care what letter you put in front of ”DD.” I don’t care so much about how code is written or the ins-and-outs of software development. It’s not because I don’t realize how incredibly important it is – it’s because what I care most about is the value delivered.

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Make SAFe™ work -with Scaled planning

Why is it that figuring out what to focus on in the PI/Big Room Planning sessions is always difficult? In this video, we explain what it takes to make SAFe work with Slicing and Master Planning. This is how to make SAFe work – with Scaled Planning

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The Magic of Organizing around Customer Journeys

Did you know that Amazon can deliver your package in 30 minutes? In contrast, most banks take weeks to deliver a simple loan or service. Why? Because Amazon is organized around customer journeys.

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A simple hack to remove impediments

How do we get things done faster? Simple tools can make the biggest impact on our work environment. Use this impediment busting tool to get over the hurdles in the workplace that keep your team from doing their best work. This is one way leaders can fix the environment for their people. Watch this simple […]

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Follow the value – know enough to get going

Chunking work into shorter complete cycles by scheduling a pause gives us a chance to reflect on the completed work and decide on the next step. The added benefit of many completes within the scope of a project allows for improvements to take place.

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