Our efforts to improve software development face the question of what to focus on. Should we govern for predictability without concern of value, maximizing cost-efficiency without concern for end-to-end responsiveness? Or maybe do the opposite and govern for value over predictability, focus on responsiveness over cost efficiency? What we really need is to be predictably adaptable.
Are you patting yourself on the back for remarkable turn around times while simultaneously neglecting your customers? It's tempting to think that timeliness matters when in fact it rarely does. Stop measuring turn around time and start learning what matters to customers.
Organizational silos are a serious hurdle for many companies out there. They may cause a wide variety of problems if not dealt with accordingly. Silos may not need to be broken if you manage to push out the mentality that comes with them by creating ventilators. The first step towards dealing with the silos is to learn more about them and familiarize yourself with the best practices against them.
Agile is both simple and hard – and success depends on managers creating a suitable environment for their teams. To create and sustain high-performing agile teams, these points are fundamental.
The book Putting Stories to Work by Shawn Callahan provides a process with a practical approach to master business storytelling; a leadership skill that helps to achieve results.
Agile, with cross functional teams, has sounded the death knell for many test managers. While test management is largely irrelevant in agile, there is still a desperate need for test leadership.
Learn holacracy from the Dutch telecom company Voys who implemented this new way of running organizations where power is distributed across teams with clear roles, responsibilities, and expectations.
This article suggests using sociocracy as a solution that leaves the hierarchies in place yet still allows teams to act in an agile way.
In a time of rapid business and technological change, chief technology officers (CTOs) and other technology leaders are increasingly looking to new methods to drive their digital technology agendas. 1
In the book Kanban Change Leadership Klaus Leopold and Sigi Kaltenecker explore how Kanban can be deployed to get change done in organizations and to build a culture of continuous improvement.
Moving from traditional project management to agile is a paradigm shift. This article discusses the role that management plays in organizations that have decided to adopt agile. 4
An interview with Katharine Kirk about how agile or lean can increase politics and how she combines ideas from agile and lean with eastern and tribal philosophy to deal with people issues that arise.