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Agile at Scale with Hoshin Kanri

by Ben Linders on  Nov 24, 2014

When organizations decide to scale agile they can be looking for agile ways to define strategies, manage direction and sustain alignment. Deploying and stay aligned, is today's challenge said Pierre Neis. At the Lean Kanban France 2014 conference Pierre showed how using Hoshin Kanri has helped global players in their lean agile transition.

Becoming a Continuous Learning Organization

by Ben Linders on  Nov 10, 2014

Software Development is often considered to be knowledge intensive, therefor organizations look for ways to enable continuous learning. “We need learning organisations and they start with learning individuals” says Marcin Floryan. Individual learning can be difficult and scaling individual learning even more challenging. What can organizations do to become a continuous learning organization?

Measuring Outcomes with the Mobius Framework

by Ben Linders on  Nov 06, 2014

In stead of feature farming, we need to deliver better outcomes and focus on the business results that we need to deliver. Measurements should provide insight into the outcomes because that is what is important. The Mobius loop can be used to define appropriate measurements.

Use Your Blockades to Sustainably Improve

by Ben Linders on  Oct 21, 2014

Blockades in work, like insufficient information, unclear requirements or having to wait for tools or systems to become available can have a systematic cause. It could be the case that similar problems that block the team keep happening until the underlying causes are addressed. You can use your blockades as treasures of improvement to sustainably improve the way work is done.

How Agile Can Yield Effective IT Business Alignment

by Ben Linders on  Sep 24, 2014

In agile projects the product owner is often seen as the person who primary assures the connection between business and IT. But for effective IT-Business alignment having a product owner is not enough. What can people from the business, demand and supply parts of the organization do increase the effectiveness of IT – Business alignment?

Huge Retrospectives with Online Games

by Ben Linders on  Jul 31, 2014

Agile retrospectives are mostly done at the team level or at a project level. What if you need to conduct a retrospective with 50 teams or more? Luke Hohmann describes how a large scale agile transformation project did a huge retrospective to create insight on what was going well and what needed to be improved.

Knowing if You Are Building the Right Product

by Ben Linders on  Jul 10, 2014

Developing and delivering products which customers don’t want and for which there is no market can be costly. Agile can help you to efficiently develop products, but you need to know what to build. How can you find out which products your customers need?

Governing Agile with Architecture

by Ben Linders on  Jun 05, 2014

At the Agile Governance conference in Amsterdam Jan van Santbrink presented how architecture when used with an agile mindset can play a key role in governance. InfoQ interviewed Jan about why agile and architecture need to collaborate, how architecture can support agile decision taking and the benefits for development of doing architecture.

Governance for Agile Projects

by Ben Linders on  May 12, 2014

Andrew Craddock will give a talk at the Agile Governance conference May 13 in Amsterdam about properly governed Agile projects. InfoQ did an interview with him about what agile governance is and why you need to embed governance practices into your agile development process.

Measuring the Value of Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders on  Mar 27, 2014

When defining a business case for adopting agile, the question can arise how you can measure the business value that can be delivered using agile software development.

Working with Investors as a Lean Startup

by Ben Linders on  Mar 13, 2014

Entrepreneurs using lean startup can work with investors to raise capital for their business. Business plans from lean startups often differ from traditional startups and lean startup encourages learning from failure and to pivot, which might scare off investors. Can entrepreneurs and investors together use the lean startup approach to do fundraising?

Balancing Experiments and Deliveries in Product Development

by Ben Linders on  Feb 06, 2014

Experimentation using for instance lean startup can help you learn about your customers and find out which features and product would be valuable. The value however comes from building products and actually delivering them to customers. You need to find ways to balance between experimentation and delivery.

Combining an Agile and Lean Approach

by Ben Linders on  Jan 14, 2014

Several approaches exist to improve software development, among them are agile and lean. Managers have to decide which approaches to deploy in their organization. Approaches can also be combined depending on the problems that need to be solved. InfoQ interviewed Régis Medina about combining agile and lean, focusing on people and learning.

Adding Purpose and Hypotheses to Agile Retrospectives

by Ben Linders on  Jan 02, 2014 2

Regularly doing agile retrospectives helps teams to learn and improve themselves. You can make retrospectives more effective by adding purposes and by validating if your retrospective actions are leading to improvement with the usage of hypotheses.

Benefits-led Process Improvement Using the CMMI

by Ben Linders on  Dec 10, 2013 1

Achieving a maturity level is a target often used in CMMI based process improvement programs. It can be important for organizations to have insight in the relation between a maturity level and business goals, and to know the business benefits. An interview with Michelle Krupa on changing an improvement program from being CMMI Maturity Level based to a benefits led approach.

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