Sun, 25 Oct 2020 02:51:31 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. How to manage complexity - don't https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/66638/How-to-manage-complexity---dont Sat, 24 Oct 2020 15:08:31 GMT To say complexity stops us from knowing if something is going to be an improvement is like saying walls stop us even when doors are present in the walls. This attitude about complexity has us ignore available doors to try. We may not always go in the right direction but we can figure it out from wha... Improving Scrum by Attending to Flow, not Merely Using It https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/66604/Improving-Scrum-by-Attending-to-Flow--not-Merely-Using-It Wed, 21 Oct 2020 14:18:07 GMT Preset approaches often lead to a lack of “fit for purpose” Without a theory explaining why and how to improve delivery of value, one can only attend to practices. This is a slow process.  “Theory without practices is useless. Practice without theory is expensive” pa... The Difference Between Inspect and Adapt and Plan do Study Act (PDSA) https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/66447/The-Difference-Between-Inspect-and-Adapt-and-Plan-do-Study-Act--PDSA- Tue, 13 Oct 2020 13:46:43 GMT This post was originally written 10/10/2009 In our book, Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise and Team Agility, we mention that the "inspect and adapt" is not the same thing as Plan-Do-Study-Act. Yes, they sound the same, but they are manifestations of differe... Random thoughts about Scrum Guide Based Scrum https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/66250/Random-thoughts-about-Scrum-Guide-Based-Scrum Sun, 27 Sep 2020 18:39:13 GMT Adoption and Where to Use Scrum Scrum was designed for a cross-functional team to building new product incrementally. Using it everywhere follows the mantra “when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Scrum ignores the potential adverse consequences (e.g., resist... The Iron Triangle Constraints Are Misleading https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/66225/The-Iron-Triangle-Constraints-Are-Misleading Fri, 25 Sep 2020 15:16:04 GMT The iron triangle illustrates the relationship between scope, cost and time. The assumption is that these three interrelate in an adverse way with each other – that is, increasing one will increase the others. Quality suffers when all are fixed. But this ignores the fact that few ... Why to Focus on Flow of Value and Not Iterations https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/66223/Why-to-Focus-on-Flow-of-Value-and-Not-Iterations Fri, 25 Sep 2020 01:24:18 GMT Agile is usually described as a method of delivering value incrementally to customers. This comes from Scrum’s sprint. From the Scrum Guide – “The heart of Scrum is a Sprint, a time-box of one month or less during which a “Done”, useable, and potentially releasable prod... A better way to explain Agile than flipping the Iron Triangle https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/66198/A-better-way-to-explain-Agile-than-flipping-the-Iron-Triangle Wed, 23 Sep 2020 04:31:27 GMT The project management triangle of scope, time & cost is often called the "iron triangle." In classic project management, you fix scope while estimating time & cost. Agile “flips” the iron triangle by using iterations to fix time and cost varying the amount of scoe in t... Why Choosing Your Way of Working Is Simpler Than Taking a Preset Solution https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/66134/Why-Choosing-Your-Way-of-Working-Is-Simpler-Than-Taking-a-Preset-Solution Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:02:22 GMT Agile folks like to talk about being simple. But “simple” can be “simple” as in design, or “simple” as in easier to use. When it comes to using a framework or process, not being fit for purpose will be less simple than something that does. There is a certain at... How you can use the insights of Disciplined Agile to improve your Scrum practices https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/65827/How-you-can-use-the-insights-of-Disciplined-Agile-to-improve-your-Scrum-practices Sun, 30 Aug 2020 12:20:14 GMT This is a follow up to yesterday's post "Why You Should Use Disciplined Agile If You Are Motivated to Improve Your Team’s Methods But Are Having Trouble With Scrum” Step 1: Go beyond empiricism and add a model explaining why Scrum works. Learn the core concepts of Lean (use s... Why You Should Use Disciplined Agile If You Are Motivated to Improve Your Team's Methods But Are Having Trouble With Scrum https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/65824/Why-You-Should-Use-Disciplined-Agile-If-You-Are-Motivated-to-Improve-Your-Team-s-Methods-But-Are-Having-Trouble-With-Scrum Sat, 29 Aug 2020 17:25:42 GMT   No approach is foolproof. All require the people using them to be motivated & interested in change. At Disciplined Agile we look at failure of adoption quite deeply. The key is to believe the failure was not caused by a lack of motivation of the adopters but by improperly designed gu...