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HR people need to know and apply Agile practices

Agile has become a mainstream way of working in most companies. This is not only in tech departments, but also sales, marketing, and now HR

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17 March 2017
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agile

As agile coaches, we are meeting with HR people more and more often. Whether at companies, or seeing them at events, increasingly it is common to be drawn into conversations requesting a short introduction to agile. In this article I will share my thoughts and experiences around agile and HR departments, what they should know about becoming agile and how they can apply agile in their own work.

Why does HR need to know what it means to become Agile?

Agile generally first starts growing in the software development teams to enable short time to market delivery and enhancing the ...

Agile & Gaming Companies

Handling rich creative content in a traditional Scrum team doesn’t always work as we might think: a single cross-functional team might simply be too large

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28 January 2016
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Product Owner, Scrum & XP, agile

In many cases, the artwork and creative elements of a product, such as a game, requires work from many skilled artists, from graphic artists and UX to animators and audio engineers. Creating an art team to deliver art assets, and having them operate as a Scrum team can work. But there can be challenges with this too. In the following article I describe the experience of a gaming company that experimented with art Scrum teams and ended up combining engineering Scrum teams with art Kanban teams. This change was driven by the art team as an experiment, with the clear ...

Why People Are Turning to Agile

Iterative and incremental product delivery methods have been used for decades to define and develop some of the most challenging projects in history

On
19 November 2015
In
agile
Tags
agile, coaching

From using ½ day sprints to delivering some of the most complex and critical hardware and software products in history, iterative and incremental delivery is, quite literally, rocket science1, used to manage risk and maximize learning in the most challenging situations.

Agile methods are the most recent incarnation of iterative and incremental methods, gaining acceptance over more traditional, sequential methods, as a result of a changing paradigm for software delivery. In today’s development environment, product development teams are battling five significant trends that directly impact the work they are doing:

Product Complexity: Products that 10 years ago were relatively ...

Definition of Done : Why it matters?

The Definition of Done is crucial to highly functioning Agile Teams in order to help them develop practices and behaviors that drive quality, consistency, and transparency.

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2 July 2015
In
Scrum & XP, agile

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One of the first things we recommend new Agile teams establish is what’s called the “Definition of Done”.  The DoD is crucial to highly functioning Agile Teams in helping them develop practices and behavior that drive quality, consistency and transparency.

Why it matters

A useful product has two key aspects. Features in this product are not only useful to users but are also usable, in other words, features actually work. The product owner and stakeholders help the delivery team understand the “right thing” to be developed and the delivery team uses their development expertise to build it the “right ...

How Do I Know Agile is Succeeding?

Agile is an ongoing journey of continuous improvement, so how do you know if you're heading in the right direction? Here are a few things to look for to know that you're succeeding with Agile.

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1 July 2015
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Coaching, agile, Transition, lean startup

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When talking to potential customers, we often get told that a team or program has been ‘agile’ for months, or even years. It’s not uncommon for us to find teams applying those agile practices we associate with successful teams: retrospectives, shared code ownership, decent product management. Unfortunately, this does not necessarily translate into what we consider to be a successful agile delivery process. So this got us thinking:

  •  What does a successful agile team or organization look like?

  • How do we know a good agile team when we see one, or a great agile organization when we see one ...

Agile2014 session on Smart Scaling: Finding the right approach for Enterprise Agile

Richard Dolman and Steve Spearman will discuss finding the right scaling approach for Enterprise Agile at Agile2014 in Orlando

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10 July 2014
In
agile
Tags
agile2014, ask

Are you looking for answers on scaling Agile but finding it hard to get unbiased information on the different options that are available? Well, this is the place to start that discovery!

This highly anticipated session is intended to help you answer the question: What is the right scaling approach for our organization?

We’ll explore the major scaling options together. We’ll help you understand some of the key differentiators and criteria for choosing an approach (or rolling your own!). After a quick overview of the major scaling frameworks, we'll present the concept of the Agile Scaling Knowledgebase ...

The truth about collective responsibility

When only one person is responsible, everyone else is not responsible!

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5 December 2013
In
Scrum, agile, Lean Management

A statement I hear regularly about collective responsibility, is; “When everyone is responsible, no one is responsible”. These statements usually come from managers, who prefer to have a single person who takes the full responsibility so they can hold one person accountable.

The Gallop organization performed a meta-study of employee engagement and found that high employee engagement results in measurably better profitability, productivity, customer loyalty and quality.

So let’s look at what motivates people in their professional environment, as described by author Dan Pink:

  • Autonomy
  • Purpose
  • Mastery

Autonomy

Boss or Leader

Autonomy is the desire of people to be self-directed. Traditional ways ...

The Anatomy of an Agile organisation

Agile is not ending at the Product Development level, and is not only about Software Development: Agile is not about "adoption", it is about "becoming"

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15 October 2013
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Events, Scrum, agile, Transition, kanban, Lean Management, lean startup

Hi all, I am going to held a keynote at the second edition of the Manage Agile conference in Berlin, on October 23rd. I will be pretty much trying to challenge some wishful thinking about the idea that it is possible to create a "blueprint" of an Agile organization. This would ultimately contradict the concept of "Agile" as an emergent and adaptive approach to work. I will share with you more about what are the element which make Agile Team performing. How many of those same elements can be used at an organizational level? I won't try to define ...

The Dark Champions of Agile: Gathering Allies for Change

As the resistance to change continues, the Agile Knight gathers allies to his cause, with squires leading the way. Leadership thru action carries the day!

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15 July 2013
In
agile

Click here to read Part 1: Know Thy Enemy, which identifies the resistors to change and how to defeat them.

In order to be Champion, you demonstrate strength with Victories.  You are the champion and battle is part of your persona. Some have argued against this battle/fight mentality, but I resist them with the obvious business parlance; “we must dominate the market”, “crush the competition”, “hostile takeovers”, “kill or be killed”, etc.

The Champion needs his own personas to help with change; mini-change agents that are responsible for one aspect of change, so that one person does not become ...

Scrum Day 12.06. Berlin: Are you reaping the possible benefits of scaling agile?

Scrum day - 11.-12. June 2013 - Berlin

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11 June 2013
In
Events, Scrum, agile

I am looking forward to have my talk tomorrow at the Scrum-day!

The idea behind my talk arose from the last Scrumday. 

There was already the focus on scaling, but the most of the attention was direct to "how it looks like" and "how you should do it", but not so much on WHY doing it.

For me finding the best solution for your organization, your team is highly depending on where you are and where you want to be.
This is the reason why I tried to focus my talk on "Is your organization reaping the possible benefits of ...

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