Sometimes what’s best for your company is not what’s best for your organization. What do you do then? Continue reading “What do You do When What’s Best for the Company Is Different From What’s Best for the Organization?”
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Amir Kolsky, Rob Neppel, and Jim Trott talk about eight essential skills that developers need to acquire to work in an Agile transformation. Some of these skills are certainly taught in university; some are not as common… but are still essential. These are essential for any professional developer.
The essential skills are:
Much of the time, the functionality required to deliver business value is substantial enough to require being worked on by multiple teams. A good way to coordinate those teams is usually to make them part of a larger cross-functional team). However, organizing this way is not always possible or effective. Sometimes people try Scrum-of-Scrums, but that often doesn’t work either. And SAFe has its own way of coordinating teams, but can be too heavy for the smaller mid-scale organizations (50-100, while mid-scale can go up to 300).
A good alternative at mid-scale is to start with a program-level backlog and apportion the work into backlogs for the teams in such a way that the work done during sprints performed in parallel by all the teams will combine to deliver a larger piece of functionality that can be demonstrated to the customer. Continue reading “How Can We Coordinate Multiple Teams? (Shared Backlogs)”
James Sutton, Marc Danziger, and Jim Trott talk about transformation, systems thinking, the borders that Agile erects that can inhibit scaling, coaching, and why Lean thinking requires you to start with understanding the existing culture.Continue reading “Start Stronger, Get Better, and Do More”
Al Shalloway and Jim Trott talk about the Guardrails System, a holistic system of six agreements that people in an organization make that work together to keep all roles across the value stream aligned and on track in the transition to Lean-Agile. Continue reading “The Net Objectives Guardrails System”