Written By LeadingAgile

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Dependencies will stop Agility dead in its tracks. In the presence of dependencies, you’re never going to achieve the level of Agility you desire-unless you do something about them.

So you only have two choices when it comes to this. You can either encapsulate the dependencies within the team or within the value stream, or you can orchestrate them. Another way to say this is that you either must break the dependencies, or you must manage them.

Either way, if you have dependencies, you cannot pretend they don’t exist.

The Assumptions of Scrum

So, what does Scrum say about dependencies? It assumes you don’t have them in the first place. And if you look at the way that Scrum is architected, you’ll notice that it assumes a lot, including that each…


Recorded by Mike Cottmeyer

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Welcome to our latest episode of the Agile Unplugged podcast with host Mike Cottmeyer, LeadingAgile’s CEO. In each episode of Unplugged, Mike and a special guest explore LeadingAgile’s freshest ideas, mental models, frameworks, and solutions with the people that are actually doing the work of leading large-scale Agile Transformation in the real world.

We’ll hear about Matt’s background and reveal our roadmap for building the new LeadingAgile Studios, our newest offerings to enable clients to use their capabilities to gain the strength, Agility, and craftsmanship to take on digitally native organizations in the marketplace.

Remember to subscribe and listen to Agile Unplugged on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Podbean-and watch each and every episode on YouTube, IGTV, and Facebook.


Written by Scott Sehlhorst

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Earlier this week, working with clients in a large global organization, I received a question from some folks responsible for design in another area of the organization. They are experts in design but had not yet been exposed to Agile practices at an enterprise level. This was “first contact” with the Transformation for them. Here is the gist of one of their questions (Note: I’m paraphrasing how the question was asked):

We are concerned because we do not see how a User-Centered Design (UCD) process is evident in the System of Delivery being established as part of our Agile Transformation. …


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In this week’s episode of SoundNotes, Ross Beurmann is back to talk about how to create a funding mechanism that’s as adaptable as the governance model. Or, to put it more simply, how to allocate funds and pay for things when we’re continually tuning the way we work, and what we’re working on.

As your organization moves further down the path toward Agility, you may experience some dissonance when more traditional methods of funding work meet with the need to inspect and adapt. …


Accelerating your time to ROI isn’t about delivering more lines of code faster. And it isn’t about delivering working tested product faster.

To accelerate ROI, we must reliably put the right combination of working tested product in front of customers so that it can drive revenue, self-fund further product development, and create opportunities to get critical feedback.

So how do you get all of this? By designing your operating model in a way that makes it all possible.

This clip is from Mike’s series on the 6 Key Business Drivers of Agility. …


The best way to achieve early ROI with Agile is to create a delivery engine where the teams at the execution level are aligned with the business strategy.

To watch the entire webinar series, you can sign up for the On-Demand version and watch at your leisure by clicking this link: https://go.leadingagile.com/gj1

Or, to learn more about how we think about and approach Agile Transformation, you can download our Agile Transformation white paper here: www.leadingagile.com/whitepaper

Transcript

So early ROI, this often gets expressed differently. What it often gets expressed as is I want to be able to do things faster. They will say things like, “I’ma a hint Jeff Sutherland wrote a book.” There was something like twice the work and half the time, right? That kind of a thing. So 2X the work, one half the time, right? And that’s valid, right? Because people are looking for efficiencies, they’re looking for ways to get things into market faster. But you know, we have the physics of project management, right? It’s always kind of like, looking us in the face, right? You have scope, you have time, and you have cost, right? So you kind of like pick two, and then you have to kind of float the third, or you have to figure out how to bring all of these different variables into balance. And so if you’re going to say something like, I’m going to do 2X the scope And I’m going to do it in half the time. …


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You have to deeply understand how what you’re doing at all levels of the organization is going to drive quality. In this week’s podcast, LeadingAgile CEO Mike Cottmeyer joins us to dig into why increased quality should matter to you, and some actionable steps to take to enable more of it across your organization. https://www.leadingagile.com/podcast/the-physics-of-agile-quality/

If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at:

LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo

Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com

If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you’re interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/


When teams aren’t formed in the right way in your organization such that they’re encapsulated to create working tested increment of product in a given time frame, they become a dependency.

Without encapsulated teams, you’ll find yourself with many dependencies. And dependencies kill Agility.

To watch the entire webinar series, you can sign up for the On-Demand version and watch at your leisure by clicking this link: https://engage.leadingagile.com/WCT-PAT-ODW-2020_Registration-Page-2.html

Or, to learn more about how we think about and approach Agile Transformation, you can download our Agile Transformation white paper here: www.leadingagile.com/whitepaper


Agile Transformation is fundamentally about Three Things: forming teams, building backlogs, and having the ability to produce working, tested software. If we don’t these Three Things then Transformation fails.

To uncover everything you need to know about The Three Things, check out LeadingAgile CEO Mike Cottmeyer’s on-demand webinar series Preparing for Agile Transformation here: https://go.leadingagile.com/jeg


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When large organizations set out to take on Agile Transformation, it’s never for Agile’s sake. They’re usually after one or more of these 6 things, Predictability, Quality, Cost Savings, Early ROI, Product Fit, or Innovation.

In this week’s episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, Dave Prior talks with Mike Cottmeyer to discuss the steps you can take to get more predictable and make and meet your commitments.

LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo

Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com

If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you’re interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

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