Tue, 19 Nov 2019 17:52:24 GMT Manifesting Business Agility https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blogs/581099/Manifesting-Business-Agility This blog concerns itself with organizations moving to business agility-the quick realization of value predictably and sustainably, and with high quality. It includes all aspects of this-from the business stakeholders through ops and support. Topics will be far-reaching but will mostly discuss FLEX, Flow, Lean-Thinking, Lean-Management, Theory of Constraints, Systems Thinking, Test-First and Agile. Eight Steps to Improved Scrum https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57756/Eight-Steps-to-Improved-Scrum Sun, 17 Nov 2019 21:09:39 GMT Scrum can be a solid foundation for software development teams. In the 24 years since it’s creation, many concepts new to software developers have come forth. I believe classic Scrum can be greatly improved by adding 8 relatively straightforward concepts/agreements to it. Some of these steps a... Improving Frameworks by Attending to Patterns of Failure https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57737/Improving-Frameworks-by-Attending-to-Patterns-of-Failure Sat, 16 Nov 2019 22:38:42 GMT This was inspired from a Linkedin dialog on Dark Scrum. Q: Where can we draw the line and attribute the cause of bad implementations as being the fault of practitioners Vs the fault of the framework/method? A: The way to tell the difference is if there is a pattern of failure and a pattern o... Why Theory Can Solve Problems Empiricism by Itself Can't https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57715/Why-Theory-Can-Solve-Problems-Empiricism-by-Itself-Cant Sat, 16 Nov 2019 01:32:32 GMT This was originally published in May 2012. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana The time was 1847. The place was the Vienna General Hospital. New mothers in the doctors’ wards had been dying of puerperal fever with an extremely high mo... How Disciplined Agile Attends to 5 Critical Aspects of an Agile Transformation https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57706/How-Disciplined-Agile-Attends-to-5-Critical-Aspects-of-an-Agile-Transformation Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:52:39 GMT Five critical aspects of an Agile transformation are: Understand your challenges Decide where to start Understanding the nature of the work How organizations can improve Having a clear direction for improvement Different frameworks take different approaches to each ... Contrasting Scrum and DA's starting, learning and improvement approaches https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57673/Contrasting-Scrum-and-DAs-starting--learning-and-improvement-approaches Thu, 14 Nov 2019 17:03:17 GMT   Consider how Scrum suggests how to start, learn, and improve. It starts in one place, learns via retros at end of a sprint and teams are to improve via figuring it out themselves. Lean suggests started based on where you are along with learning and improvement methods that are continuou... Software development is difficult. It can be less difficult https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57647/Software-development-is-difficult--It-can-be-less-difficult- Wed, 13 Nov 2019 17:51:22 GMT I had thought that driving in New Zealand was insane. That is, until I realized they drive on the left side of the road. Just kidding, but it’s not unlike many consultants complaining about how difficult software development is. Yes, it is difficult. But so is driving. And both can be mad... Straightening out your value stream https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57620/Straightening-out-your-value-stream- Tue, 12 Nov 2019 17:28:37 GMT The value stream is the set of actions that take place to add value to a customer from the initial request to delivery. The value stream begins with the initial concept, moves through various stages for one or more development teams (where Agile methods begin), and on through final delivery and supp... Prescription good, prescriptive bad https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57545/Prescription-good--prescriptive-bad Fri, 08 Nov 2019 13:04:44 GMT All approaches provide a starting point- I call that a prescription. The key question is how many different prescriptions can they write? If they only have one, or if part of their prescription is immutable, then they are prescriptive, To avoid being prescriptive one must provide choices and how to ... The map Isn't the territory, neither is your framework https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57525/The-map-Isnt-the-territory--neither-is-your-framework- Thu, 07 Nov 2019 14:20:44 GMT Most frameworks are rolled out in a prescribed manner. One intent behind this includes the desire to create consistency across the organization. Saying which parts of a framework to implement based on size of the org is still prescriptive which is not consistent with systems-thinking. Systems-t... Why we need architecture in frameworks https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57496/Why-we-need-architecture-in-frameworks Wed, 06 Nov 2019 13:31:22 GMT I often hear people say as you scale things get exponentially more complicated. That state as unassailable truth that if you have 'n' people or teams and add one more you now have n times as many things to attend to. While I agree it is this way when you build around organizational layers or...