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Scrum and ETF in German journal BANKMAGAZIN

Marion Eickmann is interviewed in BANKMAGAZIN June 2015 to illustrate Scrum and the agile42 Enterprise Transition Framework

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26 June 2015
In
Transition, Press
Tags
etf, transition

Agile methodologies are discussed in an article by Christian Kemper appearing this month on the German publication BANKMAGAZIN, specialising in topics for the finance professionals.

BANKMAGAZIN Juni 2015Titled Innovation goes different (Innovation geht anders in original), it explains that “the digital revolution in German banking institutions is taking place in an orderly fashion. However, in order to develop new ideas flexibility is needed.” In Germany, when a new digital bank service is set up online, it is usually already outdated. Long, drawn-out decision-making processes delay the release to the market. That’s the reason why it has been so difficult for these ...

Centralized Control : Trapped in Wagile (Part 4 of 4)

This is the last part in the series “Trapped in Wagile”

On
20 October 2014
In
Transition
Tags
agile, transition, waterfall

This is the last part in the series “Trapped in Wagile”. In the kick-off article I outlined three fundamental characteristics of waterfall organizations. In subsequent articles I explained Phase-Gates (part 2) and Large-batch handoffs (part 3). In this article I am diving deeper in to centralized control characteristics. Tendencies to centralize control of decisions stem from mis-understanding of complexity inherent in real world projects.

An expert plumber can understand how the pipes and systems in a building fit together and behave. A plumber can break a complicated plumbing system into parts and know how they will behave together. 

Behavior of ...

Large Batch hand offs : Trapped in Wagile (part 3 of 4)

This is part three of the continuing series of articles - "Trapped in Wagile"

On
13 October 2014
In
Transition
Tags
agile, transition, waterfall

This is part three of the continuing series of articles. In the first article of this series, I outlined three fundamental characteristics of waterfall system. In the previous article (part 2), I explained Phase-Gates and the unintended consequences when phase-gates encounter agile transformation efforts. In this article I will dive into Large Batch handoffs.

Working in large batches is based on thinking that handling large batch sizes during each phase optimizes:

  • Resource (people) Utilization
  • Quality : By use of people’s primary skill set
  • Reduction in rework
  • Decisions : through a broad holistic perspective

Expected System Behavior:

Fractal Nature:

At portfolio or ...

Phase-Gates : Trapped in Wagile (Part 2 of 4)

Phase-gates are the most distinguishable characteristic of a waterfall organization.

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6 October 2014
In
Transition
Tags
agile, transition, waterfall

In previous article, I outlined three fundamental characteristics of waterfall system. Phase-gates are the most distinguishable characteristic of a waterfall organization.

Recap

 Phases are are strictly linear sequence of activities to build a product or deliver a project. These activities are divided along process lines. Funding and progression to the next sequential phase is gated to ensure quality of deliverables handed-off between silos. Many decisions are concentrated at gating decision points. The Phase-gate approach provides an illusion of control, delaying feedback on product. 

For example:

 Requirements → Design → Implementation → Verification → Maintenance

Gates or gating criterion accompany typical phase-gates. Gates establish GO ...

Trapped in Wagile

Organizations that are attempting to transition to Agile demonstrate waterfall characteristics - residually or resurgently.

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29 September 2014
In
Transition
Tags
agile, transition, waterfall

Organizations that are attempting to transition to Agile demonstrate waterfall characteristics - residually or resurgently. Understanding these characteristics and learning to observe manifestation of these tendencies in organization systems will help you uncover impediments to your organizations Agile metamorphosis.

After reading this series of articles, you may realize that your organization is still being waterfall but thinks otherwise i.e., Wagile

In this article series I want to explore deeper into the “waterfall” label and lay bare the fundamental characteristics that make up such a system. And subsequently I will dive deeper into each characteristic to highlight expected systemic behaviors and ...

Change… what is change?

Change is at the core of agility. If you don’t know what change is, how can you be agile?

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29 November 2013
In
Transition
Tags
change, lizard brain, pyramid of results, transition

Almost exactly one year ago I stood in the kitchen waiting for the coffee water to come to the boil. Watching water coming to the boil is somewhat boring and my idle eyes dropped onto a towel someone had brought in, which said “Happiness is not a goal, it’s a way of life.” Still waiting for the hot water I digested this piece of information, and it dawned on me that, although I myself of course have no misconceptions about agility whatsoever, so many people have got agile wrong. They think agility is a goal, but it’s really ...

Ericsson Agile Transformation

At the Agile2012 Conference in Dallas, Hendrik Esser of Ericsson & Andrea Tomasini of agile42 presented a real story about Agile Transformation at scale

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16 August 2012
In
Agile with a Purpose, Scrum, agile
Tags
agile2012, large, scale, transition

At the Agile2012 Conference in Dallas, Hendrik Esser of Ericsson and Andrea Tomasini of agile42 yesterday presented “Down The Pub—How did that transition you were working on go?”

Slides

You can download the slides:

Ericsson Improvements

Download pdf

Booklet

To learn more about this story, enjoy this PDF booklet called “Tales of Agile Change”:
Tales of Agile Change

First agile42 University iBook: Agile Transition - What you need to know before starting

Agile42 Having worked with a lot of amazing people at agile42 over the recent 5 years, I have fallen in love with the diversity of thoughts we share. We published our first paper "Agile Transition - What you need to know before starting" and we are looking forward for your feedback

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6 August 2012
In
Tags
agile, transition

Agile42

Having worked with a lot of amazing people at agile42 over the recent 5 years, I have fallen in love with the diversity of thoughts we share. The problem is that nobody else really got to appreciate such insights, as we fail to publish many of them. To address that issue we have been working throughout the year creating a series of internal initiatives which work on a common aim: to share knowledge with a broader community. You may notice more blogs at agile42.com.

The next step

From my perspective the blog posts are a great starting point ...

Agile Strategy Map - Mapping at ACCUS

At the AgileCoachCamp US in Columbus, OH, I facilitated an open space session on Agile Strategy Mapping

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14 October 2011
In
Scrum, agile, Lean Management
Tags
agile strategy map, leadership, transition

Two weeks ago, Olaf and I had the pleasure of participating in the AgileCoachCamp US (#accus). We played our brand new Kanban Pizza Challenge on the Games Day, and hosted multiple open space sessions. One of my sessions got exceptionally good feedback, so I decided to provide a little more information on the agile42 Agile Strategy Map...

Dave in Full Flow

The opening question was how to effectively manage the work of the leadership or transition teams in large enterprise agile adoptions. The group quickly identified two scenarios: one in which the traditional backlog and task board approach worked extremely well; and one in ...

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Interview on Dutch TV

Niels Verdonk explains what Scrum is and how it has helped a customer of agile42, AAFM ...

 

Bridging the Unknown

In an Agile transformation small steps and reassuring inspections of the path ahead are not random ...

 

Article on Agile Leadership in Swiss magazine Computerworld

New article published in the issue 6/2017 of Swiss Computerworld

 

SUGSA Coaching Day in Pretoria

Regina Martins will present at the first SUGSA Coaching Day in Pretoria

 

Managing Work Without Resource Managers

Moving to self-organized teams causes a manager’s role to change focusing on creating a safe-to-fail environment, ...