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How to Weave Lean Thinking into Your Release Management for Predictable Delivery By Simon King "The core idea of Lean is to maximize customer value." Lean Enterprise Institute What is Lean? Businesses are being driven up against the wall by continual industry disruption. Many are fighting back by adopting Lean as a means to support business transformation. The aim is simple: create more value for customers with fewer resources. Lean thinking views the whole, not its parts. Then it identifies and eliminates waste across value streams. Here's how you can implement Lean thinking to improve your enterprise release management: View the system as a whole, not as isolated parts. Introduce a culture shift by trusting people, tearing silos, and fixing communication. Strive for Continuous Learning and Continuous Delivery. Build quality in. Create ‘pull' - deliver only what c... (more)

Agile Trends – Minus the Hype

Surprise, surprise … Agile has never appeared in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. So, the task of separating the hype from reality becomes simpler. The reality, Scott Ambler says, is that “…you’d have a hard time these days trying to find people who don’t want to be agile…” Agile is like a starfish – you can cut one arm of an (starfish) Agile methodology and let it grow to (a full starfish) a tailored agile methodology to suited for your needs. Now coming back to question 3 & 4 – [You need to read this post in conjunction with my earlier post where I had raised 4 questions and answered 2 of them]. 3. If the current trend continues then where will it be in one year time? For the majority, there will be two distinct style of agile adoption where the focus will be on … …checklist based adoption: as long as you follow a series of steps recommended by th... (more)

The Odd Couple: Marrying Agile and Waterfall

This article depicts the best practice approach for integrating Agile approaches and specifically Scrum development with traditional overarching linear approaches, specifically waterfall methodology. The agile PMO, properly defined, can be positioned to secure Agile-Scrum benefits while maintaining the necessary overarching control. The challenge Over the last two decades, various Agile approaches have been introduced and practiced. Of these, in last 5 to 7 years, Scrum has gained the most popularity resulting from a combination of simplicity, ease of use, and effective public relations. Scrum success in software development organizations has been a powerful driver for roll outs across products, industries and businesses. As described, this was exacerbated by a focused marketing effort from Scrum evangelists. Unfortunately, most of these organizations were not stru... (more)

[session] @SolidFire: DevOps the Lean Cloud | @CloudExpo | #APM #DevOps

DevOps: What Is the Lean Cloud and Why It Matters All clouds are not equal. To succeed in a DevOps context, organizations should plan to develop/deploy apps across a choice of on-premise and public clouds simultaneously depending on the business needs. This is where the concept of the Lean Cloud comes in - resting on the idea that you often need to relocate your app modules over their life cycles for both innovation and operational efficiency in the cloud. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Valentin (Val) Bercovici, CTO of SolidFire, will discuss how to leverage this concept to seize on the creativity and business agility to make it real. Speaker Bio Valentin (Val) Bercovici, a longtime NetApp executive and member of the Office of the CTO, is now part of SolidFire as CTO. In this new role, Bercovici leads SolidFire's Office of the CTO (SFOCTO) which ... (more)

Agile Practices Now Have Research Support

Adam Smith was wrong. Well … he was not wrong in his conclusion but he was partially wrong in his basic assumption that human always pursue their self-interest. Through the work of many scientists, we have begun to see evidence across several disciplines that people are in fact more cooperative and selfless—or behave far less selfishly—than we have assumed. In fact, recent research shows that in any society majority of us behave cooperatively rather than selfishly (though some people do behave selfishly). The essence of agile is iterative development and a self-organizing team (What makes Agile agile?). Latest research suggests that iterative approach with trial and error is the best way to navigate through our environment which has become exceedingly complex. Such research is inspired by biology and evolution. Now you have research evidence that we are indeed tune... (more)

Agile - Waterfall: Global and Local Optimizations

Did you notice that when something happens to you, it seems to occur to other people as well? For example when you have toddlers, suddenly you see toddlers everywhere - and naturally they are all misbehaving compared to yours J, or when you're planning your wedding, all around you, people are planning theirs, and white dresses become scarce. Lately I had this feeling myself; I was reading a David Baldacci thriller, when half way through, he introduces NP problems and the consequences of finding that P=NP. In addition, I have lately been reading many articles about Critical chain project management. I feel compelled to contribute and provide my take and insights. There are two kinds of problems, the easy ones which we solve at school, and the hard ones. We might remember the method to solve a quadratic equation by using the x = [-b/2 ± √((b/2)^2 - ac)] /a formula. We ... (more)

Agile 101: Product Owner - Improved Insight into Customer Needs

In a Scrum-Agile project management environment, the product owner acts as a catalyst of change in the organization, enabling value creation through projects and products. Product owners create the required link between how the business would look like in the future and the current state. The product owner is a key facilitator within the organization in bridging the client and the business community with the Agile development team. Most of what a product owner performs can be defined in the broader sense as: 1) Creating and increasing value for the business, and 2) Eliminating and reducing costs for the business. The product owner is required to identify business needs and determine solutions to business challenges. We can characterize the role description of the product owner as related to the above tasks into several key responsibilities. The product owner needs t... (more)

Practical and Proven Ideas for Stakeholder Leadership - Bear in Mind

The first step in building support within the greater stakeholder community is identifying the various stakeholder groups and individuals impacting the project/activities and analyzing their attitudes. Identifying stakeholders can be completed alone or with a small team. Since analyzing them is a sensitive undertaking, it makes sense to perform the activity with the kernel project team, ensuring the output of the analysis remains within the team. The objective of stakeholder analysis is to produce a list of stakeholders that might influence the outcome of the project. Once the list of stakeholders is produced, each one is assessed according to his power and interest. Power, in this regard, is the stakeholder's ability to impact various aspects of the project either positively or negatively. Interest is defined as the level of concern the stakeholder has with the proj... (more)

Agile 101 - Three Practical Guidelines for Business Decisions

In order to create the combination between top-down problem-decisions (waterfall like approaches)and local problem-decisions (Agile project approach) here are practical guidelines to pursue Three practical complex decision-problems guidelines: Simple local rules Strategic top down rules Visual problem view We describe in detail, each practical guideline, below. Simple local rules This cannot be overstated. Local rules must be easy to follow. Whether these are rules for: a machine operator, traveling salesperson, a project coordinator, or you packing your bags. The local decision rules are the ones mostly used, they must be easy to follow, understandable, and unequivocal. Consider the warehouse forklift operator who is re- stocking raw material. If she needs to follow a complex decision protocol for placing newly arrived material in the warehouse, it would result in c... (more)

Digital Transformation: Leading a Learning Organization

Forward-thinking CEOs ensure that their organization has access to the latest digital business technologies. But in today’s global networked economy, that’s not enough. If you believe that digital transformation knowledge is power, then fully mastering the ability to apply your IT capabilities into actionable wisdom is infinitely more potent. The Harvard Business Review (HBR) market research team recently completed a global study of the path that several organizations have taken to develop and deliver the digital learning support resources that their key internal stakeholders both need and want. In a prior editorial, I described how Digital Leaders are better prepared to cross the skills chasm. In this follow-on editorial, I’ll share the typical roadblocks on the path to digital transformation progress. Plus, I’ll also share some useful recommendations. Enabling Ongoi... (more)

Lean Transformation Predictions | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

Over the course of 2015 I was exposed to many companies going through Lean software delivery transformations - some very successful, but many less so. Having this visibility into the software lifecycle architecture of such a broad range of the world's leading organizations was eye opening. Here's what I found: most leading IT organizations are going through some kind of Lean transformation. The ones that succeed in accelerating software delivery will thrive. Those that fail will fall behind. And those that take no action, but continue down the complacent road of delivering software in the slow ways of yesteryear, will be displaced by their nimbler enterprise counterparts, or by startups. This will happen much more quickly than they realize. One of the most interesting things I learned was just how fast the return on investment from a successful transformation is, whi... (more)