Category Archives: Transformation

08/03 – LeSS Talks: COVID-related Opportunities & Risks: Hiring. Comp. Candidate’s Quality.

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This session (synopsis below) was a collaborative discussion that was based on system modelling/causal loop diagram (CLD).  Additional system variable where identified in the session and are listed below:

  • External expectations: Government mandates (and telegraphed expectations of WFH length), peer timelines publicly communicated.
  • Candidate’s cost of living is also a constraint on Worker’s inevitability to agree to lower pay and increase the risk of low loyalty
  • Working with the assumption of a segment of the offer market being able to wait it out and only accept an offer if this one is either very much needed on the short term, or very attractive on the long term
  • Urgency
  • Cash Sustainability aka ability to wait it out
  • Security concerns often regulatory….
  • Desire to rather invest time in other areas of their lives like education of side business or rethinking their offer (exp: testing it on the market)
  • Long-term attractiveness of the job offer to them which would push them to take it
  • Daily rate reduction

Synopsis:

During these tough times, with so much uncertainty and things in flux, JOB SECURITY is on minds of many people. We have to face that:

  • The economy is not in its best shape and we are not sure when it will bounce back
  • Going back to the office may not be feasible any time soon
  • Many companies froze hiring. Some, had to let go of many consultants (and employees)
  • The job market is saturated and there is more supply (of talent), than demand
  • “Distance/Commute time to work” is no longer a factor for employees
  • Quality of screening by staffing firms at its lowest (with rare exceptions)
  • Compensation range is no longer impacted by cost of living (of employees, consultants)
  • For companies, there is no need to be limited by local markets, while looking for best talent (since everyone works virtually)
  • Interviewing is 100% virtual, both for F/T and consulting roles. 100% virtual interviewing (yes/no decisions) is not the same as in-person/close human interaction interviewing (only then followed by remote work)
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    Are work seekers being urged to accept sub-optimal offers?
  • Are work seekers being presented with a completely new spectrum of great working opportunities?
  • Are companies running the risk of getting a “great deal”, while hiring at lower rate, to only later realize that they have miscalculated long-term?
  • Do companies need to rethink organizational and team design, communication/reporting strategies, to adjust to current realities. Should it impact their current/future hiring strategies? How should people (job seekers adjust)?

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07/30 – LESS TALKS: Agile in the Time of COVID: an AMA with Diana Larsen

 


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JULY 22-24: CERTIFIED LESS BASICS (CLB) COURSES | VIRTUAL

 

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07/20 – LESS TALKS: Business Agility Aspect of LeSS Adoption: Outcome-Based Backlogs Drive Business

 

by Jurgen De Smet

Synopsis:

“Many organisations are so focused on delivering features that they tend to forget the outcome or business impact one wants to accomplish. The acronym MVP is frequently used in a context of a fully working application or minimal set of features where one forgets to truly validate assumptions. PO’s are writing detailed user stories but not always following up on the business impact of it all. At the same time you see business leaders in the organizations disconnect from the delivery process.

Let’s see how we can do things differently!

A cocktail of different models that put business outcomes at the center. A different way to look at so-called product backlogs, stepping away from a flat list of items. This cocktail is one of many LeSS experiments you could try and some things to avoid.”

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06/23 – LESS TALKS: What is “UNDONE” Department And How To Eradicate It?

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What is Undone Department?
“Undone department—This department, ideally, does not exist.
Unfortunately, sometimes the teams are not yet able to create a true shippable increment every Sprint. This is reflected by their “Definition of Done” not being equal to “Potentially Shippable.” The difference between them is called Undone Work. Someone needs to do this Undone Work, and a common “solution” is to create separate groups that pick up the “undone work”—the undone department. More on this in the Definition of Done chapter.
Undone departments such as test, QA, architecture, or business analysis groups should never exist in the smaller LeSS framework groups; rather they should be integrated into the teams from the start. On the other hand, we unfortunately still frequently see an operations or production undone department in LeSS adoptions, as they often cross organizational boundaries.
A goal in every LeSS adoption is to remove the undone department. How long will this take? The answer is highly dependent on how fast the organization improves its capability.” – from the 3rd LeSS book (Large Scale Scrum: More with LeSS)

06/16 – LESS TALKS: Customer Proximity in LeSS


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A great talk by Viktor Grgic – an Agile Coach, software developer and Certified LeSS trainer, from Hong Kong.Viktor’s Synopsis:

Do we really need a Product Owner? How far can we go by having many teams working directly with customer? How does it look like in reality. We will explore how LeSS principles of Customer Centric and Whole Product Focus are fulfilled in real life LeSS adoptions. The challenges and considerations that come along. We will also explore a very common difference in understanding of Scrum: how a team works together with PO vs directly with customer.

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05/28 – LeSS Adoption,Principles and Conditions for Success @ Adelaide (Australia) – Agile Community

 

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05/27 – LESS TALKS: Scaling Agile Monthly Meetup – South Florida Agile Association

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