Extending the Goal in Scrum

In his post "The Goal in Scrum", Ron Jeffries makes the case for having a proper, higher-level-than-stories, Sprint Goal. As he says: This is better, because it allows the wisdom and knowledge of the team to be fully exercised, and because it keeps focus on “what” is needed more than on just how it is to … Continue reading Extending the Goal in Scrum

Agile On The Beach Talk

Ciarán and I had a wonderful time at the Agile on the Beach conference this last week. We did the first full version of our talk: "The 'Just Do It' approach to change management".  I did an earlier version of the talk at the DARE conference in Antwerp earlier this year, but this longer version … Continue reading Agile On The Beach Talk

DevOps and Continuous Delivery

If you want to go fast and have high quality, communication has to be instant, and you need to automate everything. Structure the organisation to make this possible, learn to use the tools to do the automation. There's a lot going on about DevOps and Continuous Delivery. Great buzzwords, and actually great concepts. But not … Continue reading DevOps and Continuous Delivery

Show me the money!

Change processes are difficult to do. Most of them fail to have the intended results. The reasons for that can be many, of course. There is one, though, that is of particular interest to me today.  “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” … Continue reading Show me the money!

Set-based design in software

Last year at the Lean and Kanban Benelux conference I attended a session by Michael Kennedy: Set-Based Decision Making: Taming System Complexity. Watch that video, where he explains the way that Toyota uses set-based design to be innovative without risk to the schedules of their new product development projects. I thought that was a very interesting … Continue reading Set-based design in software

Management Innovation, ca. 1972

Yesterday, after my brother's 47th birthday, I was talking with my father. My father is 79, and he has had an interesting professional life. He started out as a catholic priest but, as you could guess from the fact of my existence, at some point figured out that this was not a sustainable career path … Continue reading Management Innovation, ca. 1972

The Strategic Inflection Point as a Special Case Pivot

I've noticed that I very regularly get people visiting my blog through a Google search for the term 'Strategic Inflection Point'. Since that term has some very direct connections to other concepts I've been learning about, I thought I'd give some detail on Strategic Inflection Points, and their relation to the Lean Startup ideas of Pivots and … Continue reading The Strategic Inflection Point as a Special Case Pivot

Turning it up to 11

It's odd how I've been unable to be very consistent in my subject-matter for this blog. I tend to hop around, going from very technical subject to very organisational ones. Some might see this as lacking focus. Maybe that's true. I've never been able to separate execution from organisation and vision very well. To me … Continue reading Turning it up to 11

Failure

Failure is not an option! I've heard that phrase a number of times during my career. Mostly by people imitating a manager they heard in a meeting, but still too often. What's remarkable is that this phrase is usually uttered at the moment that it is becoming very clear that, yes, failure seems to not … Continue reading Failure

Reading up: 5 Books To Read If You Want To Really Understand Agile

Last year, I posted an overview of some books every programmer should read. Those still stand, and I find more and more examples where I would like to re-iterate the advice to read those books. This post is about other books, though. Books related to Agile and Lean principles and practices. There are many books … Continue reading Reading up: 5 Books To Read If You Want To Really Understand Agile