Transformation: Deceptions in Disguise

by Robert Annis

We frequently talk about cultural and organizational transformation since these are relatively common topics in the Agile sphere. The reason for this is that we accept that Agile thinking is a very different way of working in comparison to more traditional approaches such as Waterfall, Six Sigma etc.  If we continue to think and work in the same, older way when we are trying to work in an Agile manner, people and their organizations will likely fall back into their old ways of working. Indeed, why would they not? A tiger does not change its stripes readily.

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Do you know where you really are in your Agile Transformation?

by Eliassen Group

Do you know where you really are in your Agile Transformation?

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Why Innovation Matters in Your Management Practices

by Eliassen Group

Are your management practices simply in need of fine-tuning or do they require thoughtful innovation? Are those processes something you set-and-forget, or are they worthy of regular examination and renewal? Consider the annual performance review: 

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Is it time for a SAFe® Health Check?

by Phil Gardiner

SAFe® is exciting!  It’s easy to see the possibilities that the Scaled Agile Framework® can bring to your enterprise as it blends numerous best practices, values and principles with a constantly evolving library of courseware.

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Your Agile Journey: What about my old metrics?

by Scott Schnier

I recently spoke at a Project Management Institute (PMI) chapter meeting and discussed some experiences from "My Agile Journey.” After my presentation, I was asked a question that made me pause; it is the interaction and interesting questions that motivate me to give such talks. While I provided a response, I realized afterwards that I have a lot more to share on the subject and since I don’t have the attendee’s contact information, I’m hoping that my answer will make its way back to her. 

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Agile eBook – Kanban vs. Scrum: Tips for Choosing the Right System

by Eliassen Group

With so many companies adopting Agile methodologies these days, it’s no surprise that many project management (PM) software tools have popped up in support of Agile transformation and implementation. That said, it can be an overwhelming task to make sense of it all in order to select the best tools that help you to achieve your desired results. Some questions we run into all the time include:

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Align Agile Across the Organization & Measure Success

by Bob Fischer

Organizations become interested in Agility for a variety of reasons. Here are some examples of the statements commonly heard when companies start considering an Agile approach:

“Our software projects are always late, frequently canceled, and our business partners have lost faith in our ability to deliver. We need to improve.”

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Agile Infrastructures: The Future of IT Operations Happening Now

by Devin Hedge

I’ve never really been excited about the Hype-Cycle of Technology. However, in order for organizations to adapt at the rate the market demands, the organization’s IT infrastructure must be able to adapt at the same rate… in other words… it must be Agile.

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Why Military Veterans Make Great Scrum Masters

by Tom Friend

I am a retired veteran who works in the Agile Scrum Software Development field. I have a passion to help veterans who are transitioning from the military into the civilian workforce. Few people are aware that an estimated 250,000 soldiers, airmen, and sailors leave the military every year and have to transition back to civilian life. For the next five years, that number could increase to 340,000 annually. This blog post is to raise awareness of how veterans' skills align with being Scrum Masters. In doing so, my hope is this may prompt you to at least take a second look in the resume stack when a veteran’s resume comes across your desk.

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Agile Retrospectives with Legos

by Michael de la Maza

Agile retrospectives play an extremely valuable role in identifying ways to improve processes for iterative development. That said, it can be a repetitive and somewhat unexciting process. But Agile teams cannot afford to leave critical input behind so, as Agile leaders, we need to find ways to spice things up and keep our team members engaged.

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