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  • Ultimate Kanban: Scaling Agile without Frameworks at Ultimate Software

    Ultimate Software settled on Kanban as its scaled methodology which went hand-in-hand with the company’s culture of autonomy. Teams define their own process and apply policies specific to their own context. Through the innovative use of flow practices and principles, Ultimate has been able to achieve many of the benefits of a Lean-Agile implementation without the use of a heavyweight framework.

  • CQRS for Enterprise Web Development: What's in it for Business?

    With a focus on the business case for a CQRS architecture, this article covers the core concepts of Command Query Responsibility Segregation, and contrasts them with a common, n-tier architecture. Benefits including scalability and maintainability are highlighted, which can reduce the total cost of ownership, and lead to an improved return on investment when choosing a CQRS architecture.

  • Q&A with Jason Fox on How to Lead a Quest

    In the book How to Lead a Quest Jason Fox explores what can be done to develop insights for strategic decisions and innovation, and for driving progress and delivering value. The book provides approaches and rituals for asking deeper, bigger questions and slow, thorough thinking, creating options and designing experiments for dealing with complexity, ambiguity and uncertainty.

  • Growing Agile… Not Scaling!

    What makes an agile team successful is not the “process” nor the “tools” but rather the way people develop an effective level of interaction with each other. Growing agile means both focusing on culture, and on co-evolution of practices and tools.

  • Q&A with Johanna Rothman and Jutta Eckstein on Cost of Delay

    The book Diving For Hidden Treasures - Uncovering the Cost of Delay in Your Project Portfolio by Johanna Rothman and Jutta Eckstein explores how projects become delayed and provides tools and methods to analyze and limit the costs of delay in projects.

  • Q&A on Achieving Impact through Engagement

    The book achieving impact through engagement by Si Alhir and and Peter L. Simon explores two models on employee and customer engagement: The Ownership Pyramid (TOP) and Artful Agility or Actions-Intentions-Results (AIR). Together these models can be used to achieve impact in organizations based on increasing engagement.

  • The Agility Challenge

    To be successful, a company needs to become an agile enterprise. In this article Dragan Jojic explores “the agility challenge”: A company where employees are able to sense and respond to external inputs without managers having to tell them what to do, know what they are trying to achieve, understand why, be able to decide by themselves how to best do it and genuinely care that it gets done.

  • Building Flat Organizations with Cross-functional Teams and Fewer Managers

    Hierarchical organizations can't react to new market opportunities and changes fast enough, this impedes the company’s survival in the long run. An interview with Michael Dubakov on how agile transformations impact the role of managers, how to change the culture to increase agility, how to flatten an organization using cross-functional teams, and benefits from increasing agility.

  • The Right Way to Scale Agile: Scaling Value Delivery over Process

    There is no one way to scale agile. In order to find the right way for you organizations you need to understand what you are trying to achieve and create a process that works to deliver that outcome. This article shows how organizations can help teams remain true to agility and deliver value as they scale Agile — whether from top-down or bottom-up — without following a one-size-fits-all process.

  • Peer Feedback Loops: How We May Benefit and What is Needed to Realize Their Potential

    This second article in a series on peer feedback loops explores the benefits and what is needed to realize peer feedback, an effective means to encourage a culture of continuous improvement. It focuses on the general benefits, specific techniques and provides three more methods to experiment with peer feedback.

  • Q&A on Agendashift with Mike Burrows

    Agendashift is a values-based Kanban approach to organizational transformation, covering delivery, change and leadership. An interview with Mike Burrows on how Kanban and Agendashift can strengthen each other, making changes stick in organizations, the depth of Kanban survey, the value of Kanban practices, end-to-end process views, leadership, and doing sustainable change with Kanban.

  • Q&A on Real World Kanban

    The book Real World Kanban by Mattias Skarin provides four case studies where kanban is used to visualize, provide insight and improve product development. InfoQ interviewed Skarin about the essence of kanban and lean, why flexibility in organizations is needed, doing continuous improvement, how visualization can help to understand problems, and advice on how to get started with kanban.

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