Are we made to be Agile?

The expectations of lean working practices and the agile ones derived from it are high. Everybody would like to achieve the efficiency and effectivity gains as Toyota managed to achieve after inventing their new way of working. The reality appears to be harder than expected. Negative experiences with these methods make us do believe they are not for us, but is that really true? Why only a few seem to profit? Recently, I read “The Culture Map” and I started realizing it has

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Feeding the development pipeline right is KING!

John, a product manager of a large corporate, proudly shows his management what results their 200 software development teams are delivering every second week!

He knows he impressed them. But soon his confidence is gone. With a weak voice, he confesses the teams do not have enough work to be done …..

They react furiously. “Impossible”, the business management claims, because there is work for about 10 years queuing.

John knows the long wish list, but he does not know

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Overcoming hurdles when leading Agile transformations

Agile is a mindset, not a goal, that is the bottom line of this post. The previous post was about assessing how Agile you are. This one is about how to support the change process within your organisation. Although people often link Agile working to IT-projects, it can be applied to almost every situation. Therefore, this post is applicable to every change process that aims to introduce agility to an

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How Agile are we, really?

Around 2009 at Goyello we decided to implement Scrum. So, you could think we are really Agile by now. But how sure can you be without any external verification? And even if we would be really Agile, wouldn’t there be anything still to be improved? Assuming Agile is a never ending journey, there’s always something you can improve. Therefore, I decided to take up the challenge and let myself be inspired by experts and fellow users. I subscribed for the Masterclass

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Hurdles to overcome when implementing Agile/Lean methods

Agile and Lean aren’t new practices, Toyota used them already in the 70’s. Recently, these methods are getting increasingly popular. While talking to clients and IT providers I notice people are fighting how to implement Agile in the right way. Below a list of hurdles that you might be facing in becoming fully Agile. Feel free to add problems you are or have been facing and vote on the ones you believe are the hardest

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Agile contracting: challenge accepted!

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Agile development based on a contract that has been accepted by lawyers seems impossible. The nature of traditional purchasing and contracting processes does not match the Agile principles. When a project is small you can manage to find a workaround, but for a huge, high risk project the situation is different. The client wants to know what he gets for his money, while in fact he cannot really specify his needs in sufficient detail. Having adopted Agile working principles years

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Agile working explained in 15 minutes [video]

Personally, I really prefer to work in an Agile way. Already several years ago we started working like that at Goyello. Some clients immediately understand the advantages, other’s don’t. Explaining what Agile working means is not always that easy. But that might have changed. Today I found a great video on YouTube. In my opinion this is one of the best movies explaining the Agile way of working to a product

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