Category: Agile

Agile processes are iterative and undertaken by cross functional self organising teams who are empowered by their leaders to deliver software. Agile generally refers to software development and, when practised properly, leads to the Continuous Integration (CI) of code. Standard agile processes such as Kanban or Scrum have roles such as Product Owner and Scrummaster, and standard ceremonies including the daily standup, reviews, retrospectives and estimation sessions.

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Chapter 8 Summary: Inject Urgency

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Transitioning from cumbersome project management to agile productivity entails overcoming resistance to change; Consider the steps to be taken for a Waterfall Project to commence; • Assess personnel and equipment needs for the upcoming project duration, estimated to be X months. • Coordinate a meeting to finalize start dates and schedule teams using a Gantt chart. • Establish a steering [......]

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Chapter 7 Summary: Work Smarter

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When an organization seeks to improve its operational performance, internal processes often act as impediments, causing delays and hindering decision-making. The transition from conceptualizing an idea to implementing smarter practices can be delayed if the appetite for change has been discouraged through in house cultures and ‘thats not how we do things around here’ mentality. Business professionals frequently adhere to [......]

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Chapter 6 Summary : May the Best Idea Win

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Establishing a culture of innovation is crucial to feed ideas into the “1 Feature at a Time” machine, Without innovation, we risk leaving customers susceptible to competitors and may struggle to retain talented staff who seek more progressive work environments. Listening to our customers… To truly succeed organizations must address the everyday frustrations faced by our customers. Through our consulting [......]

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Chapter 5 Summary : Think Customer value not Project Cost

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Building a financial case for change and engaging Accountants is a balancing act between cost control and unlocking customer value. Accountants often focus on budget constraint and the allocation of costs between the departments benefiting from the expenditure over a specific timeframe at the expense of the holistic return from an investments in technology. While budgeting is crucial for cost [......]

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Chapter 3 Summary : Look Outside your Four Walls

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A prevalent issue in organizations (particularly regulated entitites) is the avoidance of reasonable risk-taking, often hindered by a fear of the unknown that impedes progress. If we define "reasonable" as a small change to a process that can be swiftly reversed with a prior understanding of potential adverse effects we still face a challenge that what one person deems reasonable [......]

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Chapter 2: Who is the most important person in the room?

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The most important person in the room when it comes to delivering software is the customer. To be clear the customer is the person using the software not the business sponsor. Ideally the customer is represented by a product owner but even if the role does not formally exist the key here is accountability to the business for benefits (ideally [......]

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Chapter 1: What does good look like?

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The question "What does good look like?" holds profound significance for the questionee, particularly when delving into discussions about innovative work methodologies. This inquiry is not merely a one-time consideration but a continuous exploration, reflecting a mindset geared towards perpetual learning rather than striving to be the most knowledgeable individual in a room. In this chapter, we articulate a perspective [......]

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Planning Software Activities – A tools perspective

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Background Setting and meeting expectations matters … a lot! It's how we build trust e.g. doing the things we said we would. Businesses will always need to prioritise feature delivery and assign dates to their delivery. Be it competitive or straight forward revenue pressures very few businesses can survive without publishing a roadmap of some sort. Atlassian themselves uses their [......]

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SaaS Economics

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When Commercial people start talking to Technology people, very often what happens is that they got lost in TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms) that mean SFA to them. To be fair, the same often happens in reverse. In the old days, the Technology person and the Commercial person would get together over a lunch, or maybe even a beer, to translate [......]

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