Transparency – Two Way Visibility

What does the value of Transparency really mean?Nextgov: How do you define transparency?Fung: My definition is quite a bit different from the conventional wisdom about transparency. A transparency system is designed to allow people to improve the quality of decisions they make in some way, shape or form, and it enables them to improve their decisions to reduce the risks they face or to protect their...

Is It Ready?

In an agile transformation, one of the first things we work towards is to create an ability to deliver in a predictable manner. As described in our compass and our journey, there is a clear path for organizations that embark on an agile transformation. By becoming...

Microservice Trade Offs

Many development teams have found the microservices architectural style to be a superior approach to a monolithic architecture. But other teams have found them to be a productivity-sapping burden. Like any architectural style, microservices...

Story Splitting: Where Do I Start?

I don’t always follow the same story splitting approach when I need to split a story. It has become intuitive for me so I might not be able to write about everything I do or what goes through my mind or how I know. But I can put here what comes to mind at...

‘Agile Executive’ – 1 day workshop with Kelly Waters

Hi everyone, Until now, I have only offered training & workshops as part of my consulting service to clients.  Now, for the first time, I am offering an open workshop for managers and executives that are embarking on or part of an agile transformation....

Fear is Waterfall

This article was written by Haran Rasalingam and was first published on thetrainline engineering blog The big selling point of Agile is the fast return on investment it promises. But what excites me most about Agile is its emphasis on people – agility done...

Agile Transformation … Learning What Doesn’t Work Is The Key To Success

I was teaching a private class a few weeks ago and a student in the class mentioned that his company had “already failed at Agile three different times.” The way the statement was phrased really struck me. It made me very aware of my own opinions about Agile...

An Introduction to Cost of Delay

I was recently watching an episode of Shark Tank. I loved the unfiltered statement from Kevin O’Leary (Mr. Wonderful) toward an entrepreneur seeking an investor in his company. I’m here to make money! If you’re a fan of Shark Tank, you’ll...

Is Predictability Really What We Want?

Predictability in software system delivery is as close to a Holy Grail as it comes in the IT industry. I’ve heard many people stress being able to have a predictable delivery cadence as something valuable to them. As recently as today I saw a reference to “predictability...

Failure Modes of an Agile Transformation: Workflow

In my previous post on the first three Agile transformation failure modes, I focused on the LEADERSHIP aspects of failure: lack of real executive sponsorship, failure to transform leader behaviors, and refusal to change organizational structures. These next...

What’s the Hurry? Building a Digital Enterprise

By Jim Highsmith and David Robinson Are the forces behind digital business, just one more wave of technology fueled change or is today’s business environment fundamentally different? If different, what are the critical capabilities required to survive and thrive?...

Changing the Tires

You're driving down the highway trying to reach a distant destination. You've had delays such as traffic along the way, and you know that you're going to have to "push it" in order to have any hope at all of arriving on time. You start to feel something strange...

Operationalizing Strategy with a Systems Perspective

While there are many books and much research on organizational development, this system view combined with some validated learning over time, is a powerful way to look at organizational challenges as a coach/consultant. Let’s take a closer look to define...


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