Tag: lean

17 March 2016 / Agile & Scrum
12 enemies of adaptability and what to do about it

Hierarchy Top-down, control based hierarchies discourage individual initiative, lead to slower reaction times, and divert energy to “managing up” or what is called politics. These politics will optimize your organization to CYA (Cover Your Ass), loss of productivity, and an aversion of risk, resulting in a standstill culture. Fear Command-and-control systems lead to organizations filled with anxious employees who are hesitant to take the initiative or...

27 January 2016 / Agile & Scrum
Why Sprint n-1 Analysis is a BAD idea…

(commonly known as the Scrummerfall anti-pattern) Consider the following familiar situation The team has taken a story in the sprint, and during the sprint, shit hits the fan. They rework, rework again several times to get it to done. Then the “we-could-have-avoided-this” feeling enters the minds of the team...  In the Retro the conclusion is clear:   We could have avoided this!! We had to analyse this better!...

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...