Got seven minutes to spare? Click on the link below to view this intriguing segment on a client’s agile case study about how an organization increased its efforts to make better business decisions and execute faster to get their product from “concept-to-cash”. They began with cycle times that took months but refined their delivery to weeks and even days. Through a phased approach, I explain how our coaches analyzed the company’s value stream, and using agile practices, worked to mitigate their constraints.
I always have a backlog of non-fiction books to read. Given the amount of free time that I have every day, I am guessing that it may be years before I get through them. In fact, the rate at which books get added to my backlog probably exceeds my learning velocity, creating an ever-increasing gap. It feels like a microcosm of Eddie Obeng’s “world after midnight.”
So what to do?
I am trying to increase my velocity by applying speed reading techniques. But so far, that is probably only closing a small percentage of the gap.
Then, upon a bit of soul searching, I had an epiphany. Why do I feel the need to read and understand every single word on every single page? This runs counter to what we coach our teams to do—eliminate waste, only document what makes sense, just-in-time practices, and applying iterative thinking instead of only incremental. The answer seemed to be that I don’t feel that I have really read the book if I haven’t read every word. So what? Am I trying to conquer the thing? It seems like a very egocentric point of view.
What if I was able to let go of the ego, and try to read a book iteratively instead of incrementally? Is it even possible? Would it be effective? [Read more...]
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The latest Webinar by BigVisible co-founder George Schlitz and principal agile coach Michael Hamman focused on how to keep the agile energy flowing beyond agile teams.
As more and more companies attempt to leverage agile development practices toward increased business effectiveness, managers are beginning to realize the broader organizational implications of agile. They are discovering that true agility goes beyond just having agile teams.
In a recent episode of Pulse Network’s CEO Corner, BigVisible co-founder Giora Morein discusses BigVisible, agile coaching, organizational agility & innovation, and how to convince executives that change is not only possible, but necessary. You can watch the entire segment here.
Some key insights from the interview:
- In today’s market, agility and innovation are crucial to success.
- BigVisible coaches become true partners with their clients. The power of one and the strength of many means that your coach is entirely dedicated to you and your goals but has access to a large body of expertise.
- Innovation is inherently high value and inherently high risk.
- Most BigVisible engagements begin with solving a delivery program and quickly evolve to helping change organizational culture and rules
- “Doing agile” isn’t the goal. Agile practices are one way to help accomplish your business goals.
- Becoming a truly agile organization involves rewarding innovation and agility, which will likely include changes to everything from the organizational structure to compensation & bonuses.
Agility, Innovation & BigVisible
After a quick introduction of agile, organizational agility, and an overview of BigVisible, The Pulse Network CEO Steven Saber frames the conversation by saying that these days, “Everyone needs to be innovative .. There’s no longer an opportunity not to be an [agile] organization.”
Giora quickly agrees: “If you’ve got your MBA, you’re probably trained to … find the one right answer … and just follow the plan. [But] what if you’re dealing with a puzzle that you don’t know how many pieces [there] are, the pieces themselves are constantly changing, and the picture is constantly changing. .. Its not so easy to say there’s one answer because its a moving target. … How to navigate that ever-changing landscape is becoming and increasingly more important.” [Read more...]
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After living overseas for two years and not playing golf the entire time, I returned to the states, joined a golf league, and quickly realized how out of practice I was. I had always had good luck taking lessons or “tune ups” from a particular golf pro in Boston, but now I was living in Florida, and needed to find someone new. So, I went to one golf pro, who upon analyzing my swing, suggested a half dozen things I should be doing.
I got worse.
I went to another pro, who watched my poor excuse for a swing, and promptly suggested a different half dozen things to do.
I got even worse.
Before giving up entirely, I tried yet one more guy. After watching me fumble through a couple drives, he said “I don’t know who you have been taking lessons from, but they’ve got your head full of rules and you can’t relax out there – that’s why your swing stinks. Forget about everything they taught you and just get out there and hit the ball.” (For those who have seen the movie “Tin Cup”, this advice might sound familiar)
I got worse. But then I started to get better.
The lesson I learned from this was the power of simplicity. [Read more...]
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During the rousing discussion, agile experts Skip Angel and Brian Bozzuto each weighed in on the pros and cons of Scrum vs Kanban.
It’s not about being right, it’s about having the knowledge to understand the tools at your disposal so you can make the best decisions for your unique situations! But it sure is fun to argue…
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