Do team members and executives in your organization see retrospectives as a waste of time and expense? If so, maybe your retrospectives aren’t providing the value they should, from establishing a culture of team learning and stressing continual improvement, to tracking metrics and celebrating successes.
Agile teams are self-organizing, and sometimes self-managing, but they still need leadership. Agile leaders create space for failure (and learning) while ensuring that individual performance is aligned with organizational goals. Four "lenses" — areas of focus — are helpful: mechanism, culture, process and motivation.
A project management office can be a crucial advocate for agile transformation, but many PMOs act more like roadblocks. Here are some ideas for building alignment between your PMO and agile initiatives, particularly in the areas of governance, planning, scheduling and change control.
Leaders and executives in agile organizations must embrace the idea that the future is not only unpredictable but unknowable. They must focus on creating an environment where self-managing teams can thrive. And they must get comfortable with being wrong a few times in order to find the correct path.
There is a big difference between being “book” Agile and actually practicing Agile in the work world. For those who are just starting their Agile journeys, here are five helpful lessons learned from an IT team that successfully brought Agile practices in-house and moved from a production-support mindset to a product-focused one.
The more rigid an organization is about dates, the less agile it can be. Still, it is legitimate for executives to ask for delivery dates, and there are strategies to meet this need, from time-boxed releases to work-forward planning. Yes, executive visibility is possible in Agile, it just takes some compromise and participation.
Managers in agile organizations remain not only relevant but critical to supporting high-performing initiatives. They recruit and construct teams, gather and provide feedback, guide career paths, and coach results. If a manager isn’t engaged in these areas, it’s likely no one is, and the team will eventually suffer.
The best way to market anything is to explain the solution you have to a problem, and it turns out that user stories are a big help in that effort, says Agile Marketing Academy’s Nic Sementa, joined by special guest Alistair Cockburn. But writing user stories for ad campaigns is different than for software. [39 min.]
Organizations that see Agile as a way to remove a layer of management are either missing the point or at risk of missing a huge opportunity. Specifically, the role of a software development manager takes on a different and often more important role in an Agile framework.
Agile teams are typically small and ideally stay intact, improving as they bond. But sometimes specific expertise needs to be brought on board. There are several valid reasons to do this but also downsides, from dependency to disruption. Here are three steps to mitigate the risk of adding an "outsider" to your Agile team.