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  • Applying Genetic Engineering to Your Organization Culture

    Common barriers to transformation value remain people, mindset, and organizational culture; they are so significant that they can halt any transformation from achieving meaningful delivery capabilities. Behavioral mechanisms can work as a sophisticated DNA blueprint that directs actions. This article explores mechanisms for DNA manipulation to apply the concepts in the organizational environment.

  • Break the Cycle of Yesterday's Logic in Organizational Change and Agile Adoption

    Change in most organizations today seems to be locked in the paradigm of yesterday’s logic – repeating the same top-down, command driven approaches that consistently fail to achieve the expected benefits. The environment today requires new approaches drawing on concepts from modern management approaches. This article introduces a number of ideas and approaches to break out of the old paradigm.

  • Q&A with Eveline Oerhlich on Building an Effective DevOps Culture

    The DevOps Institute recently released their latest report entitled "Upskilling 2021: Enterprise DevOps Skills Report". The report found that automation and security remain vital to business success. A focus on building the human skills of DevOps was also identified as companies with the best learning cultures were most likely to succeed.

  • Key Metrics to Track and Drive Your Agile Devops Maturity

    To promote DevOps and Agile process improvement, a meaningful set of metrics should be tracked. In this article we will discuss which metrics are appropriate based on the stage of the culture change. Coupling these metrics with strong support from leadership will ensure the best improvements in team measures such as cycle time, deployment frequency, and software quality.

  • Why DevOps Culture Matters: Leaders Talk About the Keys to Making Change Successful and Sustainable

    A recent Software Delivery Leadership Forum panel discussion shared approaches and tactics for creating a successful DevOps culture. The panel stressed the importance of an aligned culture around the DevOps adoption. This includes setting strategic organizational goals, cultivating psychological safety, and treating your culture as a product.

  • Cynefin Applied: Adapting to Changing Contexts

    The book Cynefin: Weaving Sense-Making into the Fabric of our World by Dave Snowden describes the Cynefin framework and explores how it has developed over the years. It also provides stories where people who have applied Cynefin share their experiences.

  • Q&A on the Book Untapped Agility

    The book Untapped Agility by Jesse Fewell explains what holds organizations back in increasing their agility. It describes barriers that may appear during an agile transformation and provides “rebound” moves for unblocking the transformation and moving forward. This recurring pattern of Boost, then Barrier, then Rebound both encourages and enables frustrated agile champions.

  • Q&A on the Book Unleashed

    The book Unleashed - The Unapologetic Leader's Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You by Frances Frei and Anne Morriss explores how leaders can become more effective in empowering their people. It shows how they can combine trust, love, and belonging to create spaces where people excel.

  • Silos, Politics and Delivering Software Products

    Technical teams tend to be unprepared for politics. This leads to political problems being either accepted as tragically inevitable or written off as due to the incompetence of others. Politics in business emerges when direction is not set with sufficient clarity. Better understanding the causes of politics helps understand how best to either resolve or navigate politics in software projects.

  • Q&A on the Book The Science of Organizational Change

    In The Science of Organizational Change, Paul Gibbons challenges existing theories and tools of change management and debunks management myths. He explores going from a change management to a change-agility paradigm and provides 21st-century research on behavioral science, that affects topics such as project planning, change strategy, business-agility, and change leadership in a VUCA world.

  • The Selfish Meme: How Organisational Memes Define Culture

    The Selfish Meme is a mental model that allows us to build a framework around some tools and techniques that might help us to guide positive cultural change within an organisation. Frequently, we have to battle against the organisation itself and the “Corporate Immune System”. Sometimes we managed to “win” the battles and the war and effect positive and lasting change.

  • Author Q&A on the Book The Innovation Revelation

    David Lowe has written the book The Innovation Revelation: A story about satisfying customer needs. The book tells the fictional story of Charlie Blades who is a manager in the IT department of a retail company in London, faced with disruption from outside and old ways of working inside. The story explores how changes in workplace culture and practices can result in better outcomes.

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