cultural change

Agile Transformation Secrets Series Posted

I just finished a series for my Pragmatic Manager newsletter about Agile Transformation Secrets: Part 1: Manage for Change Part 2: Emphasize Collaboration Part 3: Principles Over Practices I wrote this series because I find that many people get a little confused about an agile transformation. They think an agile approach will work because they …

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Announcing Influential Agile Leader, 2.0, June 7-8, 2018

Gil Broza and I are thrilled to announce the updated version of our flagship workshop, the Influential Agile Leader. If you have these kinds of challenges: Your business can’t “stop” to recreate itself as an agile organization. You need to continue and to nurture the cultural changes necessary for a successful agile transformation. You don’t …

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Defining “Scaling” Agile, Part 6: Creating the Agile Organization

We might start to think about agile approaches as a project change. However, if you want to “scale” agile, the entire culture changes. Here is a list of the series and how everything changes the organization’s culture: Defining “Scaling” Agile, Part 1: Creating Cross-Functional Feature Teams. Without feature teams, I don’t see how you can …

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When is Agile Wrong for You?

People often ask me, “When is agile  right or not right for a project?” I’ve said before that if the team wants to go agile, that’s great. If the team doesn’t, don’t use agile. That answer is insufficient. In addition to the team, we need management to not create a bad environment for agile. You …

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Stuck in the Middle with Your Agile Transformation? Part 1

Here’s something I see in many organizations: Management wants to “control and manage” the projects/efforts/work (whatever they call it) in the same way they did before the organization started agile. They want Gantt charts. They want commitments. They want assurances that the work will proceed in the same way they thought of it before the …

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Stuck in the Middle with Your Agile Transformation? Part 2

In Stuck in the Middle, Part 1, I discussed possible management problems with agile. Those aren’t the only stuck problems I see. Sometimes, I see team problems. What if the teams are “almost agile”—they still have too many experts, their stories are too big, they don’t always deliver value on a regular basis? You know …

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Stuck in the Middle with Your Agile Transformation? Part 3

In part 1, I addressed some management challenges with an agile transition. In part 2, I addressed some team issues. In this part, I’ll discuss why agile is a culture change and ways to consider a system change to agile. Agile looks something like this image. The responsible person (often called a product owner) collects …

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Agile in Large Enterprises Panel

A couple of weeks ago, I had a great time participating in the Agile in Large Enterprises panel, a part of the Continuous Discussions (#c9d9) that Electric Cloud hosts. Here’s the recording: We discussed these questions: Why agile in large enterprises and what are the challenges? Where should you start? Centralized? Decentralized? Where should agile …

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