The Whole Enchilada: The Value of Value Stream Mapping, Part 1

Posted by Tom Wessel on Mar 29, 2018 2:25:07 PM

The familiar expression ‘the whole enchilada’ implies that one should look at the whole situation, the whole picture rather than just focusing on the individual components of the metaphorical enchilada. Whether it is Mexican food or life, the whole is ideally greater than the sum of its parts.  

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Technical Debt is a Business Problem

Posted by Bob Fischer on Mar 22, 2018 11:43:09 AM

Technical debt, one of the key drivers of slow delivery, is rarely understood by non-technical business people. Even rarer are companies who have a strategy for investing in its reduction, which has been jointly agreed to by both business and technology groups. Debt is viewed as a problem for technology to address, not a systemic issue. Unfortunately, this leads to longer cycle times, higher costs, and lengthy time-to-market. The DevOps focus on continuous improvement is displaced by behavior that leads to continuous worsening. For companies to improve, the reduction of technical debt must be understood and addressed as a systemic issue.

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What does being "Agile" mean to your CFO? Part 3

Posted by Bob Ellis on Mar 14, 2018 12:17:53 PM

The Business Case for Business Agility

Cliché or Real? The world is changing around us at a faster and faster pace. Companies we hadn't even heard of a decade ago have become the centerpiece of our daily lives. The decadent luxury of one generation has become the standard of the next. Consumers and businesses alike now favor pay-per-use and “try before you buy” options. Information and services of yesteryear are now available on our Smartphones for the cost of just a few clicks or the “ad-free version” for a few dollars a month.

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Eliassen Agile featured in TechTarget: Software development skills shortage spurs channel business

Posted by Eliassen Group on Feb 7, 2018 12:09:22 PM

It probably comes as no surprise that there’s a massive demand for DevOps and Agile development skills in the marketplace. Based upon the 2018 IT Priorities Survey conducted by TechTarget, Agile development methods and DevOps are top priorities for IT organizations that must fuel their digital businesses.

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Avoid Business Transformation Failure: 3 Transformative Truths (Part 2)

Posted by Mark Hill on Jan 30, 2018 9:35:00 AM

Part Two: Three Transformative Truths Essential to Success

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Avoid Business Transformation Failure: 3 Transformative Truths (Part 1)

Posted by Mark Hill on Jan 10, 2018 9:20:00 AM

Part One: Transformation as Rubber Band or Brave New World?

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Agile: It Ain't No Big Thing

Posted by Bob Dobson on Nov 6, 2017 10:45:00 AM

During a recent Agile coaching engagement I overheard this comment: "Agile isn't a big thing." This viewpoint was clearly negative, as in: "Agile isn't any different than anything else." To provide context around this comment, it was mentioned in relationship to the scope of an Agile Transformation in its pilot stage; this is the part of a transformation where we work to share the vision and provide a limited set of people in an organization with the knowledge, tools, and experiences to become change leaders.

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Business Agility: How to Avoid Becoming Organizational Roadkill

Posted by Tom Wessel on Oct 5, 2017 1:24:47 PM

The Need for Business Agility

A shortcoming of most Agile transformations is that they do not go far enough when implementing Agile within an organization. They tend to solely focus on the IT side of the organizational equation without addressing the business side of the equation. IT transformations allow organizations to become more efficient and effective at delivery value once that value has been defined. Once something has entered the organization’s internal system, it can then be processed quickly. A colleague of mine refers to this form of optimization as ‘internal optimization.’

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What Does Being "Agile" Mean to Your CFO? Part 2

Posted by Bob Ellis on Sep 1, 2017 9:15:00 AM

In Part 1 of this series, we addressed the value that Agile delivers in terms of the change in working capital from which many companies can benefit. In this post, we turn our attention to another key factor that CFOs must consider when evaluating Agility and its impact for the business related to de-risking the income stream and standing by the organization's fiduciary responsibility to its shareholders.

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My Coder is Faster Than Your Team

Posted by Bob Dobson on Aug 1, 2017 8:39:00 AM

Here's a scenario you might have encountered.

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Do we need a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)?

Posted by Ray Angelone on Jul 11, 2017 10:20:00 AM

You are with a large enterprise and your team believes strongly that an Agile Transformation will have a major impact for the organization that will result in greatly improved efficiency and faster time to market. You start from the bottom up; the effort is heavily supported by a few key stakeholders and team members and you make progress. But somewhere along the line, the Project Management Office (PMO) jumps in and attempts to measure results using traditional metrics that do not illustrate the true value of the transformation. So things unfortunately fall apart, or more likely are crushed.  And maybe your organization tries again but after the second false start, the support for the transformation begins to melt away.

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Scrum and Decision Fatigue

Posted by Bob Dobson on Jun 12, 2017 2:42:57 PM

For those who aren't familiar with decision fatigue, it’s a condition where your ability to make decisions deteriorates with the number of decisions you make after a rest period (think nightly sleep). One of the most iconic counters to decision fatigue was Steve Jobs' seldom changing wardrobe. The number of decisions we make in a day is really staggering. And the impact of making the wrong one can vary from insignificant ("Should I wear the sand chinos or the tan chinos today?") to traumatic ("Can I make the crossing before the train gets here?").

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What Does Being "Agile" Mean to Your CFO? Part 1

Posted by Bob Ellis on Mar 31, 2017 2:18:00 PM

Agile. Delivery of business value incrementally with a minimal amount of development work-in-progress (inventory) with such a short cycle time between plan and delivery that changes in market, technology, and legislation are immediately responded to with near zero “excess,” near zero “obsolescence,” and less “working capital” (cash) needed to keep the engineering machine running.

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Stop Doing Backlog: Critical Component in Agile Transformation

Posted by Bob Dobson on Mar 21, 2017 9:03:06 AM

Agile transformations present significant stress to organizations. Much of this stress is derived from the realization that team members are expected to complete all of the tasks required by their legacy culture PLUS the new behaviors a successful Agile Transformation requires. And, we should be clear: Agile Transformations require new practices, techniques and events, all of which need to be learned, practiced and applied. And the time, effort, and energy required must come from somewhere. It is the proverbial 10 pounds of material in a 5 pound bag problem. It never fits and it is not Agile, because team members cannot sustain that pace indefinitely.

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How Clean is Your Code?

Posted by Bob Dobson on Dec 21, 2016 10:30:00 AM

The million dollar question every software developer asks themselves is:

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