Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:17:34 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. Why you need Science as well as empiricism to enroll management in Agile https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/59044/Why-you-need-Science-as-well-as-empiricism-to-enroll-management-in-Agile Sat, 04 Jan 2020 22:55:05 GMT I read many articles from Agilists about the difficulties they have with management. I believe that many of these problems spring from many in Agile (Scrum in particular) being based on empiricism alone and not the scientific method.  Empiricism is a theory that states that knowledge comes o... Making things simpler by providing choices with Disciplined Agile https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/59008/Making-things-simpler-by-providing-choices-with-Disciplined-Agile Fri, 03 Jan 2020 17:52:47 GMT Everyone agrees that simple is better than complicated. But there's not a lot of agreement on what simple means. Many in the Agile community view simple as meaning minimalistic - having as few parts as possible. Scrum in particular, has intentionally been defined as a minimalist framew... Creating teams that are a great place to work is a central tenet of Agile https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/58573/Creating-teams-that-are-a-great-place-to-work-is-a-central-tenet-of-Agile Sun, 15 Dec 2019 19:52:09 GMT  But the focus on the individual and team to get there is mis-directed. From the Scrum Guide – “When the values of commitment, courage, focus, openness and respect are embodied and lived by the Scrum Team, the Scrum pillars of transparency, inspection, and adaptation co... Why I believe Inherent Simplicity, or a bias for simplicity, will be the next big thing in making organizations more effective https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/58456/Why-I-believe-Inherent-Simplicity--or-a-bias-for-simplicity--will-be-the-next-big-thing-in-making-organizations-more-effective Wed, 11 Dec 2019 21:24:43 GMT For 15 years i've used Lean & Flow thinking to make decisions on what to do to help people improve their methods.. Understanding that we’re in a complex adaptive system I felt that I could get some general improvement by attending to the relationships in the system while looking at the... Cause and Effect Does Exist in Complex Adaptive Systems https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/58452/Cause-and-Effect-Does-Exist-in-Complex-Adaptive-Systems Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:18:02 GMT An organization creating new products and services is a complex adaptive system. A CAS is a system in which a perfect understanding of the individual parts does not automatically convey a perfect understanding of the whole system's behavior. This means one can't be c... Are You Working on Your Problems? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/58358/Are-You-Working-on-Your-Problems- Sat, 07 Dec 2019 13:50:03 GMT There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. Peter Drucker For every complex human problem, there is a solution that is neat, simple and wrong. H. L. Mencken If the brakes of your car wer... Dealing with Complexity by Creating a Bias For Simplicity https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/58280/Dealing-with-Complexity-by-Creating-a-Bias-For-Simplicity Wed, 04 Dec 2019 16:51:38 GMT  It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future. – Mark Twain For every complex human problem, there is a solution that is neat, simple and wrong. - H. L. Mencken  Looking at Complex Problems in an Effective M... Using Inherent Simplicity to Guide Your Actions https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/58257/Using-Inherent-Simplicity-to-Guide-Your-Actions Wed, 04 Dec 2019 02:49:06 GMT This post has been extended and is now part of Dealing with Complexity by Using Inherent Simplicity Why to use the word capacity instead of resource when referring to people https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/58248/Why-to-use-the-word-capacity-instead-of-resource-when-referring-to-people Tue, 03 Dec 2019 17:17:05 GMT There are many in the Agile community that believe referring to people as ‘resources’ is insulting. I know many people in non-Agile communities that don’t mean to be demeaning when they refer to people as resources. To be safe, I typically never call people resources. But there&... Why Teams Should Have a Tailored Approach for Adopting Agile https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/58206/Why-Teams-Should-Have-a-Tailored-Approach-for-Adopting-Agile Mon, 02 Dec 2019 02:08:29 GMT When considering how to start and continue an Agile adoption, there are several important aspects of the adoption to consider: attending to the context the team is in deciding how to start based on the team and the type of work they do how to learn and continue to improve clarifying...