An Agile approach to budgeting recognizes the need for frequent course correction by outcome owners who can respond to the business when they have autonomy. It favors accountability over expenditure tracking; it's using road intersections with roundabouts (cooperation) rather than traffic lights (compliance).
Team innovation can be greatly influenced by conflict (either productive or destructive), experiential diversity, a sense of empowerment, and organizational boundaries. An Agile approach can help, though there are pros and cons to consider. Spotify offers a real-world example of how it works.
As an organization transitions to Agile, executives play a key role. And they too must transition, modifying their leadership approaches as well as their operating methods. It takes dedication and work, and even the best may fall into bad habits if not careful.
Scrum Alliance CEO Manny Gonzalez discusses a newly revised mission to guide and inspire individuals, leaders and organizations with “practices, principles and values that create workplaces that are joyful, prosperous and sustainable.” In addition to a new knowledge platform, this year brings a concerted effort to strengthen existing certifications and create a career-long path of professional development, from team members to executives. [12:24]
Leaders in an agile organization serve their teams, not the other way around. They are committed to developing and supporting team members. They listen, trust and get out of the way — always in the name of creating greater value. Here’s how it looks and works in the trenches.
If an estimate isn’t going to change team behavior, it’s probably not worth the bother, says Agile thought leader Mike Cohn. But most of the time we do need estimates, and they need to be created in “safe” environments that accept truth-telling and uncertainty. [19 min.]
Leaders in agile organizations trade command and control for flexibility and freedom. They communicate the vision for a product or change, and then allow teams to figure out how to deliver the best outcome, removing barriers to success along the way.
The principles and practices of Scrumban can go beyond helping teams improve performance. Here are four levels that Scrumban can be employed, from teams and departments to programs and portfolios. This understanding can be a starting point for its adoption across the entire organization.
Transformation consultant Kathryn Kuhn of Rally discusses her presentation at Agile 2015, which explored the concept of human-centered solutions using design thinking to solve Agile’s thorniest problems, from coordinating “feral” teams to communicating with unhappy customers. [27 min.]
Estimates are far from perfect, but the business side is always going to want some sense of “how long, how much?” — even on Agile projects. Technical teams may have the most relevant knowledge to answer, but they don’t always have the willingness or tools. Here, Rex Madden of Stride NYC frames the issue and discusses options. [30 min.]