Tag: agile

19 January 2016 / Agile & Scrum
Stop Managing Dependencies!

Dependencies in Software Development have been an issue since decades and lots of practices have been built to “manage” them, creating an environment that becomes more complicated with longer time-to-market times as dependencies grow (or the product/solution grows). This is creating an illusion and no dependency management is alwys the only answer! Coordination to remove dependencies is usually a more sustainable outcome with less management. The...

23 December 2015 / Agile & Scrum
A Horror Story: Efficiency is Killing Productivity

Are you working in product development? Creative work? Research? Or any other domain where brains are the main asset? YES? Then this story is for you! It's called: "Efficiency in organisations has become counterproductive!" Take the holy grail of efficiency: Clarity - Measurements - Accountability, it makes human efforts derail! And yes, I've been tricked into it myself. My work while being tricked and still today...

15 December 2015 / Agile & Scrum
The Good, Bad and Ugly of Being 1 Year in a LeSS Huge Adoption

Large-Scale Scrum or LeSS About 1 year ago BASE Company engaged with Co-Learning in order to improve their time to market, productivity and quality using "Agile". As many other companies their understanding about Agile was limited to the practices, roles and process and mainly focussed on their "development" teams. Together we generated a better understanding setting up a POC (Proof Of Concept) within one area of their...

4 November 2015 / Agile & Scrum
One year into a Large-Scale Scrum adoption at Base Company

This blog is different from many others as the author is not really the author at all. We do not see value in telling a customer story by ourselves and as such we let them do it for us, let them explain why LeSS, what challenges and what succesthey see being about 1 year into the adoption. The Agile adoption movie trailer     How we were...

14 October 2015 / Agile & Scrum
Handling documentation needs in an Agile world

Working software over comprehensive documentation www.agilemanifesto.org   This leads to a lot of misunderstandings in organisations that are considering one of the Agile flavors as a new way of working, especially when they are used to document a lot. Quite often we need to start explaining that Agile does not mean "no documentation" but that we will handle it differently. And that's exactly what this...

24 June 2015 / Agile & Scrum
Misunderstandings on Productivity Measurements in IT

We get a lot of questions on measuring “productivity” within organisations in relation to Agile or Lean adoptions and today was no different than any other, the big productivity questions came in our direction again. This was the trigger for me to write down some things related to productivity measurements which I find valuable to share. First of all we need to distinguish between “Leading”...