Stop trying to make agile development too lean

People often use the terms agile and lean interchangeably, as if they are the same thing. They are not. Others assume that if you are doing one then you are doing the other. This is partly true, although they are quite different concepts that come from different sources. While applying lean principles to agile development … Continue reading Stop trying to make agile development too lean

Becoming a SAFe Agilist

This week, I passed my Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Agilist certification, with a score of 89% (46 questions out of 52 right). Whilst I am happy to have added a better understanding of another approach to scaling agility in large organizations, not everyone shares my enthusiasm. Hardly a day goes by without this luminary or that … Continue reading Becoming a SAFe Agilist

The over capitalization of Scrum

Should key terms be written with leading capitals or in sentence case? Should someone be known as a Product Owner or product owner? We are used to so many of the terms we encounter and use day-to-day being capitalized. Articles, course, and books all scream them. Why is this? Are these really proper nouns or is it just marketing … Continue reading The over capitalization of Scrum

How to avoid siloed villages of practice

Communities of Practice are great, right? Whether you call them Guilds, Centres of Excellence, or Special Interest Groups -- it is good to create a space for people who share a common discipline to support their joint professional development. But what happens if these sit in isolated pockets? Welcome to the headache of Villages of Practice. The benefits of communities … Continue reading How to avoid siloed villages of practice

It’s structure, not culture, that kills change

Are you attempting a large-scale transformation, taking your organisation on a journey to a leaner, fitter future so you can deliver delightful quality customer experiences responsively, seizing market opportunities or tackling problems even before they appear? If so, then you’ve probably drunk the cool-aid that it’s all about culture, that you have to change the … Continue reading It’s structure, not culture, that kills change

Stop yanking my chain. Unpicking supply and value

Supply chain? Value chain? They're interchangeable right? What's the difference and does it matter? Recently, someone told me they wanted to 'identify where they sit in their value chain'. While this sounds reasonable, it really makes no sense at all. While we know what they meant--or at least we think we do--it's vital to unpick the question to understand it, as the … Continue reading Stop yanking my chain. Unpicking supply and value