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!

Business Value vs. Politics

Any good Agile initiative aims to get better at delivering business value. One might say that ultimately, that is what it's all about. So when we were well on our way to getting the nitty gritty details of software development under control, we knew we needed to get the business closer in the loop. We … Continue reading Business Value vs. Politics

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

Actionable Metrics at Organizational Scale

I recently chaired a session on 'Going from company vision to Actionable Metrics' at the Stoos Stampede conference in Amsterdam. In that session I tried to show some ideas on making the link from an overall company vision, through different approaches to achieve that vision, to concrete actionable metrics allowing teams within a company to … Continue reading Actionable Metrics at Organizational Scale

On Discipline: Fooling yourself is an important skill!

Discipline is an interesting subject. One that I find myself regularly talking about. Or discussing about. In the last year I lost about 20kg of body weight through a combination of diet change and exercise. This apparently give some people the impression that I am very disciplined. I'm not. I do know, however, how to … Continue reading On Discipline: Fooling yourself is an important skill!

On Effect Mapping and Pirate Metrics

During the Specification by Example training I talked about recently, Gojko Adzic introduced me to Effect Mapping. He's writing a more extensive booklet on the subject, of which he's released a beta here. I think this is an excellent tool for exploring goals, opportunities and possible features. It can be used as a tool to … Continue reading On Effect Mapping and Pirate Metrics

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

Estimates and Commitments – The Hard Truth

My esteemed colleague, Ciarán ÓNéill just posted a nice and considered discussion on estimation, velocity and cycle time. I, however, do not plan on being so considered, or considerate. You see, too many people are bent under the crushing weight of living up to estimates. Even reckoning that they provided these estimates to begin with, the … Continue reading Estimates and Commitments – The Hard Truth