Knowing When You Release Value

Sometimes, teams have trouble releasing their work, showing the value of the work they’ve completed. There are many possible reasons for this release problem: The team doesn’t have sufficient working agreements about what “done” means. I’ve written about frictionless releasing. In Create Your Successful Agile Project, I wrote about the done, done-done, and done-done-done words we …

The Manager’s Role in an Agile Transformation

Agile transformations are tough. That’s because wherever you start, the agile transformation creates culture clashes. Often, teams start with agile approaches. Teams discover the agile approach and practices that work for that team. Then, as the team gains experience, they refine their approach and practices. That’s the external part of what we see in an agile transformation. …

Influential Agile Leader Early Bird Reg Ends May 1, 2018

Are you looking to help support your team, management, or organization’s agile adoption? Do you feel as if you are part of the formal or informal team leading your agile transformation? You need what Gil Broza and I teach and facilitate at the Influential Agile Leader Workshop.  Early registration ends May 1, less than two weeks …

Early Version of Distributed Agile Teams Book is Available

Mark Kilby and I have finished the first four chapters of  From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to Deliver. We thought we had five finished chapters. Then we realized how much more work we had, to move from Google docs to Markdown. Sigh. We have four finished chapters 🙂 And, we know how to collaborate in …

Agile Transformation: More Possible Organizational Measurements, Part 5

I’ve been thinking more about possible measurements in an agile transformation journey. The first Possible Measurements post focuses on product throughput measurements. This post will focus on measurements you might see when the culture changes with an agile transformation. Again, do start with your why. Without knowing why you want to use agile approaches throughout the organization, …

Agile Transformation: Possible Organizational Measurements, Part 4

“What should I measure???” is one of the questions I see when I work with people going through an agile transformation. Too often, managers measure people as individuals. (Traditional measurements focus on resource efficiency instead of flow efficiency.) Resource efficiency measures don’t measure what the organization delivers or what prevents the organization from delivering. This …

Agile Transformation: See Your System and Culture, Part 3

If you read my scaling agile series, you can see that becoming an agile organization requires seeing your organization as a system with a culture. You can start with teams, move to programs and the product part of the organization. If you don’t also address the cultural problems of rewards, you won’t continue with your …