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  • 5 IT Operations Cost Traps and How to Avoid Them

    Decisions during the initial development or integration phase for new solutions impact future operations and maintenance costs heavily, no matter whether your organisation follows an DevOps, #noprojects, or project vs. operations philosophy. Explore cost pitfalls related to wrong funding expectations or tensions between stakeholders - and why you waste money without a simplistic cost model.

  • On Uncertainty, Prediction, and Planning

    This article describes the software industry’s dismal history with predictions and planning in the face of uncertainty. It details some of the reasons why we fail to learn from our repeated mistakes. It suggests alternative approaches that are based on learning and include the strategy of hypothesis testing (Hypothesis-Driven Development) for deciding which features to deliver.

  • Agile and Late! End-to-End Delivery Metrics to Improve Your Predictability

    Agile teams may need to deliver milestones expected at a certain time, so will need to forecast or risk being accused of being “Agile and late”. There are metrics that relate to the “Logical Six” potential sources of delay which are key to improve forecasting accuracy. The metrics can used to create a Root Cause RAG Progress Report – to share a more accurate forecast and clear mitigations.

  • Author Q&A on the Book Software Estimation Without Guessing

    George Dinwiddie has written a book titled Software Estimation without Guessing: Effective Planning in an Imperfect World. The book discusses different approaches to estimation for software products, the ways they can go wrong and be misused, and when to use them

  • The Magic of Organizing around Customer Journeys - and How to do it

    Organizing around the value delivered to the customer requires maturity in the organization that needs to be built up over time. This article describes eight typical steps that companies are taking in order to mature towards the end goal of becoming a true enterprise agile organization, and explains how to move up the ladder.

  • Data Analytics in the World of Agility

    Is it all about customer-centric business, or is there any data left? Can we integrate data analytics and customer empathy? This article explores how we can move towards a more customer-centric business and what information we require in order to understand the most valuable thing we have: our customer.

  • How Developers Can Learn the Language of Business Stakeholders

    This article explores how business stakeholders and developers can improve their collaboration and communication by learning each other's language and dictionaries. It explores areas where there can be the most tension: talking about impediments and blockers, individual and team learning, real options, and risk management.

  • From Warfare to Outsourced Software Development

    There are parallels between outsource software development and military engagements which can shed light on some tactics that may help delivering software products. Medhat explores three ideas from military strategy which project management can use to improve the likelihood of success in outsource software development projects.

  • Scaling Agile in a Data-Driven Company

    The IT department of Cerved Group experimented with Scrum, Kanban, Lean, SAFe, and Nexus, to learn what works for them and fine-tune and continuously improve their way of working. In their transformation, they focused on the culture and mindset to cultivate high-performing teams, to improve the quality of products for customers, and to help managers transforming themselves in servant leaders.

  • Agile in the Context of a Holistic Approach

    In this article Jon Kern, co-author of the Agile Manifesto, describes a set of critical practices that serve to build up a holistic view of the project, from which all else proceeds. Fail to do a good job at taking the systems view, and your project will likely not go as well as it could. It might even fail.

  • Scaling Autonomy at Zalando

    Autonomy isn't something you can just give to a team, it’s something that teams learn and earn over time. It has to come with accountability to amplify working towards a purpose. At Zalando, creating the right architecture and organizational structure reduced the amount of alignment needed and freed up the energy to be more thorough where alignment is needed.

  • Author Q&A Continuous Digital and Project Myopia

    Allan Kelly has recently released two complimentary books which address ways of working in modern digital businesses. “Continuous Digital” addresses the way organisations need to structure themselves when “every business is a digital business”. “Project Myopia” explores more of the underlying theory of #NoProjects and explains why the continuous culture is so important.

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