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  • The Role of Executives and Managers in Value Stream Management: Insight from Al Shalloway

    As organizations are transitioning to agile, executives' role is to design and communicate the vision of an effective organization that best aligns with its culture and performance goals. In the most effective organizations, managers have the responsibility of reducing the cost of delay, by removing any organizational blocker impeding the flow of value.

  • Focusing on Business Outcomes at Barclays: Overcoming the "Urgency Paradox"

    Jonathan Smart, head of working ways, and Morag McCall, PMO at Barclays, spoke last month at the DevOps Enterprise Summit in London about re-thinking the entire flow of work, from initial idea triage until releasing to production. This means introducing agility into how the application and services portfolio is managed, as well as changing the role of the PMO and finance departments.

  • Challenges of Moving from Projects to Products

    Carmen DeArdo, former DevOps technology director at Nationwide Insurance, and Nicole Bryan, vice-president of product management at Tasktop, recently spoke at the DevOps Enterprise Summit London on the importance of moving from a project-based to a product-based organization.

  • How the Dutch Railways Applies Agile and Lean

    The mindset that goes with agile and lean philosophies is quite similar; lean amplifies agile and vice versa. Agile practices are suitable for the development of complex products, and lean practices help to look for opportunities to reduce waste in your processes. Lean helps to see results from the customer's point of view, from start to delivery, whereas agile supports delivering optimal value.

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