January 2016 CLP/CLE LeSS Newsletter

Author: Bas Vodde Since last newsletter, several case studies have been published: LeSS adoption at a bavarian car manufacturer (BMW Group) LeSS Adoption for a Safety & Security Management Product More available on the case study page Some LeSS related videos you might be interested in: Fireside Story during meet-up in London – Bas Vodde … Read more

B-17E Bomber – Tight coupling of Color Coding with Numerical Data

Note: This post has been created to aid you in reading another post about RAGs, the initial paragraph of which can be found here: https://www.projectmanagement.com/articles/315648/The-Fallacy-of-Red–Amber–Green-Reporting (also, cross-posted here: https://www.keystepstosuccess.com/2016/01/fallacies-of-rag-reports/) “Our fuel is low.  Are we going to make it?” Lt.  Mitchell, the pilot of Boeing B-17E, kept pulling hard on the stick, taking his Flying … Read more

Agile Coaching – Lessons from the Trenches

Authors: Gene Gendel and Erin Perry High performing organizations, high performing teams, and high performing people do not often happen organically. They are a return on investment. We’ve spent time in the trenches, both giving and receiving coaching, at organizations of all sizes: from small startups to large enterprises. In this article, we will use … Read more

Bad Smells: Appraisals and Performance Reviews Influenced by Agile Coaches

Agile/Scrum coaches should not position themselves in ways that will give them an authoritative/commanding role within an organization, where they coach. If this happens, organizations/people that are being coached will not gain long-lasting learning.  The result of such engagement, will be have a ‘quick fix’ at most, but it will not be sustainable.  Coaches will … Read more

Unspoken Agile Topics

Author: Gene Gendel This paper, originally written in February 2013, brings to light some of the least-discussed topics and consequences of “broadband agilization” that currently take place in the industry. The materials of this paper are subdivided into two general sections: The first section describes certain impacts that Agile has on individuals and their personal … Read more

Be an Educated Consumer

Author: Gene Gendel You just bought a house and decided to renovate. You brought in a contractor to estimate the work that you want done. What is your biggest fear? Here are a few possibilities: The work will not be done. The work will not be done on time (winter is coming and you need … Read more

Motivation 3.0 Is Required to Transition from Tribe Stage 3 to Tribe Stage 4

Author: Gene Gendel In his book Drive, Daniel Pink says that when it comes to motivation, there’s a gap between what science knows and what business does. Our current business operating system is built around external, carrot-and-stick motivators — which don’t work and often do more harm than good. We need a system upgrade. And … Read more

Scrum and Kanban at the Enterprise and Team Levels

Author: Gene Gendel Scrum, as the most structured of all Agile frameworks, is a great way to ensure predictable, strategically planned, incremental product delivery. Scrum ensures good responsiveness to frequently changing market demands. Although nonprescriptive, Scrum clearly defines certain roles, responsibilities, and ceremonies. Kanban, for the most part, is silent about certain aspects that Scrum … Read more