Simplicity

In 201x, the global financial markets collapsed. Reason: mortgages were given to people who couldn’t afford them. This debt was then repackaged and sold to banks and other institutions as good debt. (“The Big Short” by Michael Lewis is an excellent indictment of this time). However, the bigger question remained. Why didn’t the financial regulator system catch the problem early, while it was...

Overhaul to "It’s not just standing up"

Jason Yip has overhauled his definitive article on running stand-up meetings. The update incorporates his latest understanding on what separates a valuable meeting from a waste of time, emphasizing the "walk-the-board" style of stand-up.

So You Think You Can Agile?

Your corporate organisation has just publicly declared it’s “agile,” but what does that really mean? Since the Australian Prime Minister announced, "The Australia of the future has to be a nation that is agile," we assume he is referring to our role as an...

Top 100 Agile Web Sites

Oikosofy have written this list of the top 100 agile blogs or web sites: http://blog.oikosofy.com/100-top-agile-blogs-from-2015/ I think this is a really useful resource for people hence why i'm posting it here. I was very pleased to be on the list and...

“Because Our Competitors Are” is No Reason to Become an Agile Organization

Companies are starting to fall into a trap, and it goes something like this, “Our partners/competitors/… are Agile, so we need to be Agile.” Becoming Agile without a valid reason will harm your organization. I can’t state that any simpler. In the ‘80s...

The Top 10 Pitfalls of Agile Capitalization

As part of your agile transformation, have you engaged with your finance and accounting friends to include agile in their accounting practices? Maybe you read the Why Agilists Should Care About Agile Capitalization article and you’re trying to help your finance...

3 Simple Productivity Metrics for Agile or Waterfall

I want a number, a metric, that tells me how productive our teams are” challenged my former Head of IT, some years ago. Certainly, it’s a reasonable request to ask how productive a team (or a whole system) is. But first let’s look at the why behind the...

How to Create the FASTEST Teams

Over the last 30 years at work, I have observed many re-structures.  Some I was part of.  Some I created.  Some worked.  Some didn’t.  And some created only marginal benefits.  Others – in more recent years – were truly transformational and catapulted...

Enterprise Tipping and the Rules of Three

Enterprise tipping is NOT the corporate version of cow tipping, although it is fun to play with the analogy. ;) Consider rewriting the following description of cow tipping (Wikipedia) replacing “cattle” and “cows” with “business units.” "The urban legend...

Selling Value and Creating Safety

I did a post last week called ‘Are People Really Afraid To Change’. If you have a minute, go check it out before you read on… we’ll wait… I’ve never been skydiving. Almost went in my early 20’s, but when the time came to go, I didn’t have any...

Accidental Agility

Thought Exercise One Let’s say for the moment that I am the CIO of a mid-sized company. I have a team of 100 or so people building software. Let’s also say that those 100 people are largely dedicated to 10-15 smaller products, there are few dependencies between...

‘All About Agile’ Now Available as eBook

Finally, due to popular demand, my 380 page book is now available as a PDF eBook. To purchase and download a copy, click here.    

12 Failure Modes in Agile Transformation: Transition

Up to this point in this series on the 12 failure modes in agile transformation, I’ve covered topics around failure in leadership , failure in workflow and failure in congruency. These last three failure modes concern the overall sense of “transition”: How...


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