Handling Technical Debt in a software system is a complex challenge. Code can always be improved – but customers only care about features. This article discusses the new metaphor “Quality Investments”. It helps to better communicate the quality of the system and guide improvements by focusing on their pay off and return of investment.
Why do we promise more than we can deliver? Why do we say yes when we are already too busy? Chronic Overcommitment is a pervasive problem in the IT industry. In this article we take a look at the behaviors that drive over commitment and the dynamics at play in your organization the make it a difficult problem to solve. Finally, we offer some advice to those who suffer from this affliction.
This is the story of an enterprise-wide Kanban implementation. It explains why Sandvik IT chose the Kanban method; how it was deployed using a kick-start concept; how it was followed-up using a depth-of-kanban assessment; and the effects so far. The article includes links to concrete and step-by-step information on how to run these kick-starts and assessments
This paper from a group of UC Berkeley Extension Agile Management Program participants describes their experiences applying the agile values and principles to the design of a management curriculum.
What happens when a director of a consulting company decides to drastically change the culture? An interview on the change approach, culture and trust, and lessons learned from an agile journey.
Creativity is a powerful motivator for individuals and teams and it can be taught, trained, and enhanced. Here are some techniques for enhancing creativity that you can use in your team’s workshops.
This second article in the series on the Kanban “nine values, three agendas” model explores the service orientation agenda: a much more outward-looking approach to change.
How breakthroughs in neuroscience support why all the "soft stuff" around Agile works, how we can help people adapt better to change, and how we can influence real mindset shifts in an organization.
Michael discusses ways to integrate agile & scrum approaches with linear management styles often required to achieve organizational control in large complex environments. 5
Good leaders create an environment where self-organizing teams can thrive and create great products and services to delight their customers, as Ole Jepsen explains in this interview.
Mandy Chessell and Harald Smith have written a book titles Patterns of Information Management in which they present approaches to structuring and managing information assets based on their experiences
Some 80% of all improvement and change programmes fail. Intelligent Evolution ensures long-term business success rather than short-term satisfaction of a standard or theory.