Agile Culture Category

Innovation through customer collaboration and feedback

Nordstrom is one of USA’s leading fashion specialty retailers and is a Fortune 500 company (2011 – ranked 254).  When I think of a fashion retail company, innovation isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.  So how does a large retail company like Nordstrom innovate?  Through the creation of a Lean Startup team, called […]

Read More

Focus the change on the situation, not people

In the book Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath & Dan Heath, the authors described the results of a study to answer the question: Would people with bigger popcorn buckets eat more at the movie cinema? As part of the study, it was carefully engineered to serve the popcorn five […]

Read More

Learning from mistakes – it’s all about continuous improvement

Kaizen (改善), Japanese for “improvement”, or “change for the better” refers to philosophy or practices that focus upon continuous improvement of processes. Teams I coach frequently ask me for “best practices”.  Do not assume that “best practices” in previous projects will be equally successful in another project.  In some cases, “best practices” from one context can be […]

Read More

I am an Agile Plumber

I am an Agile Plumber – I eliminate waste, remove blockages and increase flow. This week we had an agile workshop to establish some goals and create some epics for next quarter’s release for the agile change team at an organization I am coaching. One of the items we covered in the workshop was to […]

Read More

I want to run an agile project

This is all too funny!  Whilst the video is intended to be humorous, the pain of the “Agile Guy” maybe all too familiar for some.  Agile changes many things we have become use to over many years – agile questions the status quo and challenges our muscle memory……..

Read More

Don’t collaborate here!

I saw a few of these signs posted up around an office site I visited today and was amused by it.  The office cubicles were also very high (‘Dilbert’ cubicles come to mind).  In fact they were high enough that we couldn’t see people’s heads.  The workspace was definitely reflective of a non-collaborative culture. A […]

Read More

Enlightened trial and error succeeds over the planning of the lone genius

“Enlightened trial and error succeeds over the planning of the lone genius” is a quote from a great video demonstrating how teamwork and agile concepts at IDEO is used to successfully deliver innovation and solutions in a non-IT environment in just 5 days! Some highlights which I thought were pertinent to agile: The people are […]

Read More

Bridging Business and I.T. through Communication and Collaboration

How many times have you heard, “that’s what I said, but not what I meant or wanted”?  Too many times I would suspect.  Many symptoms of project issues are related to organizational, collaboration, and communication issues, not technology.  One of the challenges of any I.T. initiative is getting people to communicate and collaborate together, especially […]

Read More

Cargo Cult Agile – It’s More Than Just Stand Ups

Most people associate daily stand ups or daily Scrums when they think of Agile.  And they are often the first practice that is adopted. I have observed some teams adopt the daily stand ups and a little of other practices (often with smells/anti-patterns) and say they are Agile. The adoption of agile methods and practices […]

Read More

Defining Agile Is More Illusive Than Ever

There is a long discussion thread in the Agile Business Analyst LinkedIn Group on how to define agile.  In my post last year, The Illusive Definition of Agile which contained a link to a post from Jim Highsmith on this topic, it was alluded that defining agile would not be straight forward.  In the post I said […]

Read More

%d bloggers like this: