October 5, 2015

How to gain 98% Improvement in capacity without hiring a single person

Most organisations I work in, think that capacity is a function of how many people you have multiplied by the average utilisation of staff. In software development this is horribly wrong and leads to large bloated IT departments that produce very little value. This incorrect belief leads ‘resource’ managers* to focus on increasing utilisation and…

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September 14, 2015

Cynefin & Sense-Making Framework

Dave Snowden, creator of the Cynefin & Sense-Making Framework (1) gives us a model with which we can view how most pre-agile organisations are using the wrong model to solve today’s complex problems.  Agile and the resulting organisational change is the new model to solve today’s complex problems. Source: Cynefin Framework – cognitive-edge.com The sense…

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September 2, 2015

5 internal tools for large scale organisational change

Abundance Living in abundance is a choice. Abundance is a state of mind. When you live in abundance or have the feeling of living in an abundant world, something changes in your output such that the very decisions you make create harmony and optimism in those around you. This is very much likely to bring…

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August 18, 2015

Why Large Scale Scrum?

Why Large Scale Scrum? Large Scale Scrum was created by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde. Large Scale Scrum is the only full lifecycle Agile scaling framework that is truly Agile throughout the entire value stream flow. Large Scale Scrum is truly Scrum (at scale). We do not end up with lots of Scrum teams; we…

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July 27, 2015

Course review – Scaling Agile and Organisational Change

Earlier on this year, I ran a 2 day course on Scaling Agile and Organisational Change. As far as I know, this is the only course to cover the major scaling frameworks and give some guidance as to when, what and most importantly why to use each one. We started the day with a slightly…

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July 8, 2015

Agile adoption strategies for large corporates

Everyone is different. Organisations are also different. The personality of an organisation is its culture. When we look to improve an organisation, it is the culture that needs to change. Applying different out of the box tools doesn’t work, because every culture is slightly different. We call this starting place, the context in which we…

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May 6, 2015

Anything is possible. But what is your purpose?

Do you wake up at 5am, so excited by the day ahead that you can’t sleep? Do you get out of bed and get to work early, only to find you co-workers there because they were so excited about their day that they got there first? If not, then you may lack on of the…

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April 2, 2015

Why Scale Agile? – Part 1

Part one – Visibility   Visibility of progress has the net result of better financial outcomes that are derived by three types of behaviour. These are risk reduction, ability to direct progress and to increase trust between those paying for the work and those doing the work. Risk reduction The contract game whereby the supplier…

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March 16, 2015

What is Scaling Agile?

This article covers what I think about when I think of scaling Agile, what it really means, why is it so hard and how to make it easier.   Who am I? My name is Simon Powers, I am the founder of Adventures with Agile1, the global community of practice for scaling agile and organisational…

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February 16, 2015

Definition of ready for stories at scale

This post has multiple parts: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 The definition of ready (DOR) is a concept that describes an agreement that the team or teams have made with the Product Owner that describes when a story is ready to be taken into Sprint Planning and then enter…

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