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Software Delivery As A Competitive Advantage – The Need for Change

There has never been a more important time to be outstanding at software delivery.  An organisation’s capability in software development is now a major differentiator.  Possibly the difference between success and failure.  So what’s changed? Project failure According to various studies, almost 70% of all software projects fail. Materially fail to meet their objectives, in terms of cost, time, features,

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Why do so many companies fail at scaling Agile?

A battle-scarred Delivery Director, I’ve been in the Agile world for a while now, and still the debate rages on; why is Agile so hard to scale successfully? And what if anything, can we do about it? Interview questions often focus on people’s experience using scaling frameworks such as SAFe and DAD. But not all experience has been positive and

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4 steps to solving issues in projects

In many different projects and organisations, I’ve seen people struggle with techniques on how to solve issues without creating huge issue registers that weigh down the project and takes an inordinate amount of time to manage, resulting in the actual problems often not getting the attention they deserve. There are lots of agile techniques for tracking stories and work, like

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Focus On What To Leave Out

As an avid photographer I’ve learned a lesson that sometimes a well composed photo depends more on what is left out of the photo. More is not always better and can sometimes ruin what could have been a good composition. As an example, this photo is as was taken. I realized there were distracting elements […]

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Do Less

I recently wrote a post called 10 Things Executives Need To Do Differently (In Agile).  I also presented on this a couple of weeks ago at the Agile Australia conference. Like many things on this list, the first of the 10 things is easy to say and very hard to do.  It’s a key mantra from Lean thinking – “Do

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Build Less, Start Sooner

Jeff Patton recently reminded me of two simple strategies for software development that I’ve talked about from time to time—Build Less Software and Start Sooner. I thought I’d follow up on Jeff’s blog and revisit these simple, but powerful strategies. First, managers and executives complain a lot about not delivering software (or any other product […]

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No Bull!

Simon Baker from Energized Work has written a great paper about whether or not twelve years of agile has really changed anything in the world of software development? In the paper, Simon writes about the industry as a whole and his own personal experience, in what I think is a really interesting view of what has been achieved and learned

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“Over’s” Usefulness in Decision Making

The Agile Manifesto was written in a very deliberate style, for example, “Individuals and interactions over process and tools.” The word “over” was carefully chosen and establishes a key agile principle that many things in our world are too complex for black or white answers so we need to differentiate between what is critical and […]

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Agile Transformation (1)

I was leading an Intermediate CSPO course last week in Winston-Salem.  Some good questions. One theme was about the agile transformation. The idea is simple, and has many names.  One way to say it: Only by transforming the culture and … Continue reading

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10 Things Agile Executives Need To Do Differently

Agile adoption is sometimes driven from the top by courageous executives boldly declaring “We’re going agile!”.  They see a vision of a better, happier place, where development is better, faster, cheaper, and they want it.  That’s understandable, of course.  But some don’t realise the implications.  When moving to agile methods, it’s not just teams that need to change.  Executives need to change

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