Saturday , February 25 2017

Is Being an Expert Ruining Your Coaching?

When you dedicate a huge amount of time to something, you will find that the things that challenged you early on are now second nature to you. You might even forget it was ever difficult in the first place. But mastery now does not negate that it was challenging back then, and if you are a coach, this is a critical lesson to retain. In an article for Scrum Alliance, agile coach Heather Williams discusses ...

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4 Steps to Institute an Agile IT Outsourcing Process

Businesses learned long ago that moving faster is never as simple as telling employees to work faster. Likewise, finding the right provider to whom to outsource IT is generally seen as a lengthy, deliberate process. In an article for CIO.com, Stephanie Overby considers what it would take to create a more agile IT outsourcing process. Know What You Want and Get It Overby talks with Michelle M. Miller, director of KPMG’s Shared Services and Outsourcing ...

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Working through Scope with MoSCoW and Kano

Managing scope is one of the perennial challenges of running a project. Where agile projects are concerned, many rely upon MoSCoW to keep scope in check. However, John McIntyre suggests in a post for HotPMO! that MoSCoW may not satisfy every scenario by itself. Some extra help may be in store, in the form of Kano. When East Meets… East MoSCoW categorizes all requirements as one of four things: must-haves, should-haves, could-haves, and won’t-haves. Must-haves ...

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Cultural Debt: Tech Debt’s Equally Annoying Cousin

Technical debt is when so-so, not scalable code is put into use because it is “good enough” to make the software work for now. In a post for the IT Risk Manager, Chris Matts proposes a similar concept of cultural debt. This is a situation where an organization makes short-term “cultural compromises” to facilitate a faster agile transformation. In either case, the debt needs to be paid off to avoid future risks. To the Debtors’ ...

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Organizational Education Makes the Agile Stick

In an article for AgileConnection, Joel Bancroft-Connors discusses how building agile teams who believe in and are excited to be agile is only part of the equation. The other part is getting the organization to align with those teams’ new ways of operating. He explains how to create a sufficient and shared level of agile education in the organization. Learn, Retain, Use Bancroft-Connors has seen teams get off to a great start with agile, only ...

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Beyond Agile Operations for 21st Century Strategy

In an article for Forbes, Steve Denning finds that most businesses are currently striving for “operational” agility—the ability to pivot quickly and deliver improvements fast. It is a necessary step—but with so many businesses pursuing it, that means achieving it will not creative a competitive advantage anymore. “Strategic” agility however is another story. Denning explains the difference and how strategic agility is the future. Strategy Meets Ambition The greatest profits—and also the greatest new values ...

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Agility in Human Resource Management

Agile enables fast course correction when projects need to change in order to address evolving priorities. Do the human resources (HR) functions in your business enable such painless course correction with your actual employees? In an article for Scrum Alliance, Gayan Mannapperuma discusses how agile can be pleasantly applied to HR. Building Driven Employees For starters, HR can incorporate variations of value stream mapping and earned-value analysis into measuring employee contributions. Yes, some may squirm ...

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Effective Metrics Are Critical for DevOps and Agile Success

Most are willing to acknowledge that, for as useful as agile is, many of the old metrics do not work for measuring its success on projects and initiatives. Some point to the vastly increased human element as a replacement for rigorous metrics, but is that enough? In a post for Forrester, Robert Stroud shares some tips for building strong, agile-oriented metrics: Delivery cycle metrics provide real-time insights into progress and quality. Automated testing drives continuous ...

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A Reliable Agenda for the Sprint Review

The best scrum implementation is the one that delivers business results without driving the project team crazy. It takes time to reach that fits-like-a-glove point though, so it can be helpful for starting teams to see some examples of what has worked for other teams. In a post for Mountain Goat Software, Mike Cohn describes his full process for conducting a sprint review, to give you a strong starting point. The Agenda Welcome participants and ...

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Reminder: Velocity Is Not Capacity

Velocity and capacity are not as interchangeable as pens and pencils. Velocity is the amount of work that a team can complete in a sprint that pertains directly to new product development. Capacity is the total amount of work that a team can complete in a sprint altogether. In a post at her blog, Natalie Warnert discusses the importance of distinguishing this difference. Fit to Burst Between technical debt, administrative tasks, and other odd jobs, ...

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