As someone who has been trying to master the guitar for quite a few years, I always try to challenge myself with learning more complex songs. Sometimes, I’ll get hooked on something extra complicated, and will find myself practicing it over and over until it seems like all the notes blend together. That’s when I know it’s time to take a step back and take a moment for a pause to clear my head.
Software development teams and their tools have a relationship similar to that of drivers and their race cars: when they find the one they like, they stick with it. Sure, they might add new components or upgrade old ones that have aged out. They might even try out a new model, trading in the older model to get all the latest chassis changes, as well as the new bells and whistles. But at the end of the day, they stay faithful to the strengths of the automotive design team that always seems to know what they want in a car, and keeps delighting them with their latest innovations.
As agilists, one of our primary drivers is to continuously improve the outcomes of our work. This often means stepping back, taking a critical look at the impact our way of working has on our outcomes, and participating in an inspired, passionate debate about ways to improve them. Every now and then, when engaged in debates of this nature, you stumble upon something monumentally huge: a critical problem or set of related problems that, if solved, can help hundreds of thousands of people be better at what they do. That’s when it’s time for your crew to buckle down, flex those brain muscles, and figure out how to communicate the message in a digestible, clear way that will maximize its value to and impact on the market, and ultimately, future customers.
At AgileCraft, we are driven to expose and enable what’s truly important to running successful programs and release trains. We leverage our extensive experience collaborating with customers as they transform their companies to uncover unique insight into the best way to work, day to day, on programs, release trains and PIs. What we’ve discovered is that program managers and RTEs are the soul of servant-leadership on scaled agile teams. They need to have top-to-bottom transparency and insights into all aspects of their programs and release trains. This can only be accomplished when all the elements of the program and associated data can be intelligently connected through tooling.
Steve Elliot, the AgileCraft CEO, and I recently conducted a webinar on Value Engineering – if you missed it, please take a look here. This practice is new to many, and yet is truly lean way of maximizing your innovation portfolio, products and investments. We had such an incredible response to the webinar, that we decided to jointly publish a white paper which goes into much more detail about how to implement Value Engineering in your organization, along with some real success stories. This white paper can be downloaded for free in the AgileCraft resource library.
In my last post, I covered the seven characteristics of what being #WorldsMostAgile means to me. These were inspired by a group of humans that have had or are currently changing the world with their ability to think and act with agility. So without further ado, I’ll introduce you to my dream team roster of #WorldsMostAgile humans, divided into two categories:
The first list includes the immediate movers and shakers who are currently tearing it up out there on the front lines, in the throes of their immediate transformation successes. The second list covers the lifetime achievement awards, for leaders who have changed the world in over the course of their long and influential careers
At AgileCraft we like to have a little fun, and one night, after we were up late building out the new website (I sure hope you like it!), we did a little joshing around about what agile superheroes might be able to do. Could they jump 50 release trains in a single bound? Could they groom a backlog using mind powers? Photoshop, a few beers and some stock photos of millennials with impressive beards got involved, and, well, we ended up with this tongue-in-cheek portfolio of the #WorldsMostAgile humans. And hey – if you can think of any superhuman agile powers, feel free to submit them to add to our collection!
Atlassian recently released a terrific, yet cautionary, article and infographic on strategic ways to prepare for scaling Jira to the enterprise. They shared some pretty mind-boggling statistics on the size and scale of their enterprise-sized customers’ Jira instances. As a Jira fan, my eyebrows raised so high they nearly left my head when I read the statistics around the sheer scale of what enterprises are doing with Jira at the team level: