Sun, 16 May 2021 18:14:38 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. Disciplined Agile FLEX Engagement Pre-Planning https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/68055/Disciplined-Agile-FLEX-Engagement-Pre-Planning Sun, 31 Jan 2021 05:38:09 GMT The DA FLEX Engagement Pre-planning takes several factors into account to provide a DA Value Stream Consultant a suggested improvement backlog. The core factors used are: Assessment for the three dozen potential improvement items in the full playbook which is used to identifying candidates for... Why You Should Add Explicit Workflow to Scrum https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/68002/Why-You-Should-Add-Explicit-Workflow-to-Scrum Tue, 26 Jan 2021 14:25:54 GMT In ’09, after Kanban had its coming out party at the Miami Lean-Kanban Conf, Ken Schwaber blasted the “explicit workflow” concept of Kanban on the misguided thinking that people would follow this explicit workflow Explicit means “stated clearly and in detail, leaving no ro... Are you describing your approach or talking to their "listening"? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/67961/Are-you-describing-your-approach-or-talking-to-their--listening-- Sat, 23 Jan 2021 00:03:29 GMT I was introduced to the term "one's listening" by Dr Fernando Flores in the 80s. This “listening” is what’s going on in a person’s head when they listen or read. You’re experiencing this now, likely asking yourself “what the hell is he talking about?... Considering the pace for adoption https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/67919/Considering-the-pace-for-adoption Wed, 20 Jan 2021 01:03:35 GMT One of many "emperor has no clothes" factors in the Agile world is that our most popular methods don't suggest an Agile manner of adoption. Scrum's "just do it" & SAFe's "all in all the way" both have you just jump to their solution w/neither a transitio... The lack of Systemic and Holistic Thinking in Agile https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/67893/The-lack-of-Systemic-and-Holistic-Thinking-in-Agile Mon, 18 Jan 2021 21:04:39 GMT Someone posted this: I Didn't Get The Memo.... Did anyone receive a memo that calls for the suspension of #systemic or #holisticthinking, where outcomes and actions in our system are now independent of other outcomes and actions? ---- This was my response It didn't ... Why the Spotify Model Is Good AND Bad https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/67884/Why-the-Spotify-Model-Is-Good-AND-Bad Sun, 17 Jan 2021 16:22:03 GMT The Spotify model is being touted by some as a way to scale Agile. While it has many useful insights, this is not what it was designed for. At Net Objectives, in 2010-11 we had created a way of coordinating teams that exactly matched the model but with different terms. When, the Spotify Model came o... Cause and effect in complex systems https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/67879/Cause-and-effect-in-complex-systems Sat, 16 Jan 2021 22:04:48 GMT Ever notice how sometimes doing one thing wrong can mess up a situation but doing one thing right doesn't necessarily fix this? That’s because there is an asymmetry in cause and effect. If often takes only one event to mess things up. But fixing one thing won’t fix the system when se... Going after "simple" Is both a red herring and the cause of much Agile adoption failure https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/67871/Going-after-simple-Is-both-a-red-herring-and-the-cause-of-much-Agile-adoption-failure Fri, 15 Jan 2021 03:22:32 GMT In my prior post (Understanding Simple Isn't Simple) I talked about what we really want is not "simple to understand or simple in design" but simple to use, simple to expand and/or change, and basically simple to be effective with. This requires more than a few values and practices.... Understanding Simple Isn't Simple https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/67805/Understanding-Simple-Isn-t-Simple Sun, 10 Jan 2021 21:35:27 GMT Simple is the most misunderstood word in the Agile community.  There are several types of simple: 1) Simple to understand 2) Simple to use 3) Simple in design 4) Simple to expand and/or change Simple to understand has little to do with anything. Few people understand how radios work, ... Minimum Business Increments (MBIs) https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/67722/Minimum-Business-Increments--MBIs- Tue, 05 Jan 2021 18:16:38 GMT One of the cornerstones of Agile is to release incrementally. Build something small, release it, learn from the release, make a pivot if needed, and repeat. The challenge lies in that who is describing what to build and who is building and releasing and supporting it are often different. The questio...