Yes, I hesitate to continue writing on agile and agile methods as most is said elsewhere. Yet I have to claim that many people still don’t get the core concepts and values as crisp and sharp as needed.
It is also to be repeated again: It is not a method for developers or tech teams, it is a business method to create or adopt services and increase value for customers – and leadership needs drive the mind sets needed.
If agile don’t work out for you, it is an alarm sign on the healthiness of your organisation. I recommend you to analyse the root causes – not for the sake to implement agile, as it is still just a methodology – but for the sake to understand the issues of your organisation that are present independent on any method applied.
Why trying to explain the method for repetition myself, when there is excellent materials present? Hence I decided to point you to three excellent crafted materials as a must read recommendation – indepent on your role or level within any business.
All examples have an emphasis on IT, but it is easy transfer to your daily problems, whether you are a COO, business lead, team lead or staff member on
how to improve throughput of your organisation, department or team and
how to adopt to change of circumstances
by managing work via priorisation
keeping level of service or product quality
and to allow transparent planning and communication
foster good understanding of responsibilities and roles by individuals and teams
and furthermore: how to drive self confidence, trust in others by giving the right level of autonomy to staff members and teams – and addition to have a clear focus and and undertanding on how things are getting decided.
Videos I recommend as starters:
Henrik Kniberg has produced excellent and easy2understand video as a starter. Please see his awesome video on “P(roduct) O(wner) in a Nutshell: https://youtu.be/502ILHjX9EE
To deepen your understanding on principles and history, my recommendation is:
An excellent background from a management and cultural point of view, but also introducing the powerful guiding principles behind agile can be read in the excellent book from Jez Humble, Barry O’Reilly, Joanne Molesky in the Lean Enterprise – Book published at O’Reilly.
Some impressions from the session, showing Stefan Schumacher from https://voice-ev.org, Matthias Patz, VP Innovation & New Ventures, DB Systel GmbH and Kevin Wennemuth, Senior IT Security Consultant from codecentric and some notes from the joint workshop part happening after there presentations.
Here is my presentation from my presentation today at OOP Conference in Munich. The session outlined the evolution of a fictive but typical successful web enterprise from start up over scale out to a cost sensitive business with specialized teams, processes and product owners.
In an interactive workshop we drafted the evolution of the architectural challenges, driven by business needs, and how high scalable web architectures and classical enterprise architecture fit together.
Topic covered was:
“From a point of view that sees Scrum as a negotiotion framework and a methodology embedded in a larger social, organizational and commercial context I want to discuss the core questions to make the implementation of Scrum and agile methods a success. Those points mainly deal with management and top management that should empower projects to live the values of agile project methodologies.
Learning from roles and responsibilities of expert police negotiation teams an easy checklist can be derived to proof wether mangagement supports a transition or does the opposit. This gives also a transparency on the true source of fire if you and your team(s) are burned – or as manager what you can really do to support.”
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I am Michael, an experienced IT proffessional from Munich, Germany with an excellent knowledge on enterprise and web architecture, agile methodologies, offshoring and according legal and business questions.