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The Benefits of the Quarterly Delivery Cycle (QDC)

ADAPTOVATE Co-Authors:Kayla Cartwright, USAJeffrey von Drehnen , AustraliaMurray Foltyn, AustraliaTerry Shea, USADave Stewart, CanadaRachna Verma, Australia What is the Quarterly Delivery Cycle? The Quarterly Delivery Cycle (QDC) functions much like the Sprint Review and Planning events but at the strategic scale. In essence we are looking back at what we delivered to achieve outcomes and…Continue readingThe Benefits of the Quarterly Delivery Cycle (QDC)

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Can Agile be used in small teams?

The short answer is a resounding YES.  Yes Agile can (and should) be used in small teams.  Not only that, it’s the small Agile teams (pilot teams) that are used in a typical journey to scaling agile through an organisation. The benefits of Agile apply regardless of team size. The Benefits of Agile Consider these…Continue readingCan Agile be used in small teams?

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大规模敏捷模式的蓝图和依据点

English Title: Blueprints and Proof Points for Agile at Scale[Would you prefer to read this article in English?] 你的团队应该在哪个时间点迈向大规模敏捷模式呢? “大规模敏捷框架能够让你的团队在开发过程中通过新的工作方式实现复合收益” ——帕特里克•菲茨杰拉德  美国ADAPTOVATE公司高级顾问 研究表明,基于瀑布式开发的项目无法以每三个月为一循环的节奏交付可衡量的商业价值,这大大增加了项目失败的风险。 缺少最终产品可见性、未有可用的产品增量以及时刻变化的客户需求都是典型瀑布模式下的风险。而这些风险在敏捷运营的环境中是可以避免的。   通过使用敏捷模式的开发方法并同时鼓励你的团队也采用敏捷开发思路,你不仅可以降低风险,还能以规律的节奏快速交付价值。敏捷模型把客户持续变化的需求嵌入其中,同时使用迭代的测试并学习的方法来规避风险。  要想从一开始就成功扩展敏捷,重要的是要完成企业内部的敏捷诊断。这将更准确地分析出哪些方面敏捷的实施进展顺利因而应该扩展,以及哪些方面需要改进,以实现更好的交付。从业务准备的角度来看,它还为保证执行敏捷转型或敏捷商业模式的应用打下良好的基础。 并不是所有的部门都需要敏捷模式。 在《哈佛商业评论》(HBR)一篇关于规模化敏捷的文章中,作者让我们思考,如果你真的要在整个企业中进行拓展敏捷的应用,你会发现有些部门是并不需要敏捷的。然而,他们表示,“企业内部的摩擦会引起火花,从而造成公司内部混乱崩溃乃至糟糕的结果。”为了确保实践了敏捷开发的部门可被那些没有采用敏捷操作的部门支持,改变和调整是必要的。” 因此,在全力投入于敏捷规模化之前,你需要了解和考虑一下什么时候是在企业中扩展敏捷的好时机。你是否需要说服你的经理或利益相关人? 你是否有足够的依据和支撑点来做出周全的决定? 若你现在正在考虑你的公司是否到了规模化敏捷的好时机,你可以参考以下几个因素:  规划出蓝图 你的企业中必须有团队可以理解在敏捷开发模式的目的和益处。这样的团队可以向他们的同事阐明敏捷模式的价值和运行方法。 Patrick Fitzgeral说:“即使你已经有几个团队以敏捷模式运作,但你还需要协调他们的活动,并促进跨业务单元中更广的协作,以实现附加的价值。这时,你已经到达了一个可以权衡实施大规模敏捷的时刻。” Dave Stewart 是我们多伦多办事处的项目主管。他描述了在企业中扩展敏捷的最佳时机。一旦你有了一些成功的敏捷团队,就可以为敏捷运营提供蓝图(在你的企业文化背景下)。“这些团队会帮助敏捷教练们指出应该多专注于指导的领域,并提供经验教训,为企业变型的计划提供参考价值。” 这个蓝图可以由试点团队创建,这个团队已经接受过敏捷培训,并了解转型的相关步骤,你的企业可能对敏捷模式的理论和概念已经非常熟悉。然而,“扩展”部分可能需要一套新的工具和解读模式。商业敏捷成熟度的诊断过程将进一步揭示现在需要扩展的内容。 寻找支撑点 FOMO(错失恐惧症)是建立新的工作方式的一极好的策略。我们在洛杉矶的主任Alan Trivedi说:“Kotter博士的变革策略营造了一种紧迫感,这是推动变革的第一步。当你成功地创建了支撑点,你必须开始组建能够持久推动变革的团队。” 当在任何规模中采用敏捷模式时,拥有能力来衡量敏捷对业务的影响至关重要。 支撑点越多就暗示某些东西正在发挥作用。因此,我们必须以可持续的方式扩展敏捷。尽管支撑点会因企业而异,但支撑点是需要预先确定的。 敏捷的成功的衡量基准可以参照以下几点: 更快的上市速度 更高的员工敬业度 更可观的成本效益 客户满意度的增长 若试点团队从一开始就衡量这些因素,那么你便能够开始为利益相关人创建和呈现成功的支撑点。 那么假设你已经有了试点团队,并且你觉得已经有了在整个企业中实施敏捷规模化的蓝图和支撑点。接下来怎么做呢? 需要考虑的三个因素 为了评估你的企业中敏捷规模化的时机是否正确,你需要仔细考虑以下三个因素: 领导的支持 领导的认同对任何转型都至关重要。它必须由领导者牵头,并得到认可、关注以及和领导者频繁沟通。企业中需要对转型的原因持有相同的理解,这才能让企业踏上成功的变革之旅。当我们理解了转型的动机和目的,我们就能有目的且更目标一致的前进。…Continue reading大规模敏捷模式的蓝图和依据点

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How can Agile support an HR Transformation

In this mini-series we will be exploring “What is Agile…” in different functions, and why it’s working and how you can implement today. As learned from previous ADAPTOVATE reports, Agile is now finding strong growth in industry and functions outside of software development.     Last time we looked at Agile in Marketing, in this article we…Continue readingHow can Agile support an HR Transformation

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What is Agile Marketing?

Agile software development has been around for decades now.    As learned from previous ADAPTOVATE reports, Agile is now finding strong growth in industry and functions outside of software development.  In this mini-series we will be exploring “What is Agile…” in different functions, and why it’s working well, and how you can implement today. Download the What…Continue readingWhat is Agile Marketing?

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4 whys for Agile in Government

Co-authored by Brigitte Odgers-Jewell and Hwee Queen Chong from ADAPTOVATE Singapore Governments and public sector organisations work on some of the most pressing, multifaceted, and high stakes challenges in the world. The same pressures that affect organisations in the private sector are also affecting the public sector. For example, many public-sector organisations were suddenly faced…Continue reading4 whys for Agile in Government

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Can Agile adoption thrive without co-located teams?

With so many new ways of working, including working from home, working in the office and the hybrid of both, we wanted to have a look at how Agile teams work under this new paradigm post pandemic. Can Agile adoption thrive without co-located teams? When the Agile manifesto was originally written in 2001, it was…Continue readingCan Agile adoption thrive without co-located teams?

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Four Top Traits for an Agile Leader

Before we discuss four top traits for an Agile leader, first let’s discuss psychological safety. It’s the fundamental construct that all team members must have (Agile or not) and it starts with the foundations laid out by organisation leaders. PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFTEY AND INCLUSION in AGILE TEAMS One of THE most important aspects of the modern…Continue readingFour Top Traits for an Agile Leader

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3 Whys for an Agile Operating Model

Authored by Katy Hughes, Senior Consultant, Jian Lee, Associate, Alex Rebkowski, Partner and Managing Director, ADAPTOVATEBUSINESS OPERATING MODEL PRACTICE AREA Have you seen the benefits from piloting a few agile teams, but aren’t sure what’s next? This article outlines three benefits to businesses that have taken the plunge to transform into an Agile Operating Model:  Nimble customer focused teams provide…Continue reading3 Whys for an Agile Operating Model

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The six biases that hold back traditional companies from embracing agile.

Read ahead: The six biases > AGILE IS ONLY FOR SOFTWARE > CHANGE IS NEVER A GOOD THING > EVERYTHING IS WORKING – WHY CHANGE? > ONLY LEADERSHIP SHOULD HAVE CONTROL > REVIEWS SHOULD ONLY BE ANNUAL > TENURE VS TALENT > Download the report at end of article “Organisations are successful because they have…Continue readingThe six biases that hold back traditional companies from embracing agile.

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Beyond Scrum : Why implementing scrum isn’t the magic bullet to your business woes.

What’s in this article: Where does scrum fit in >Magic bullets don’t exist >With Scrum you must create a stable foundation >In Scrum, context is everything >Scrum is a framework – not the goal >Scrum is the starting point >A continuous journey > Download the report as a PDF WHERE DOES SCRUM FIT IN? Scrum…Continue readingBeyond Scrum : Why implementing scrum isn’t the magic bullet to your business woes.

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Are you struggling with an Agile Transformation? Help is at hand.

We wanted to publish this article to assist with employees who are in an Agile Transformation, to understand how to navigate the change successfully. We have worked with thousands of people in hundreds of teams, and see it happen a lot.      So, this article is for you – the employee.  Not for the leadership…Continue readingAre you struggling with an Agile Transformation? Help is at hand.

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Top-down vs Bottom-up Report

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Agile Transformation: Top-down vs Bottom-up

In this article: What it means when we say ‘top-down’ or ‘bottom-up’. >Top-down Agile Transformations – Pros and Cons >Top-down Agile Transformations – The Pros >Top-down Agile Transformations – The Cons >Bottom-up Agile Transformations – Pros and Cons >Bottom-up Agile Transformations – The Pros >Bottom-up Agile Transformations – The Cons >Benefits of a hybird model…Continue readingAgile Transformation: Top-down vs Bottom-up

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4 key areas to measure success with your client

How do you measure success when finishing up a client project? “As with all of our clients, success is both tangible and intangible. Of course, hitting the key results that we set out on any engagement is paramount.” Nate Nelson, USA ADAPTOVATE Managing Director Finishing up with a client after a long tenure can be…Continue reading4 key areas to measure success with your client

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Agile Transformation Explained

An Agile Transformation changes the way a company is run.  It’s steeped in changing the way people think it should be run and how they operate within their business.    While every Agile Transformation is different, based on a needs analysis – broadly speaking it’s about a adopting a new approach. Although an Agile Transformation is…Continue readingAgile Transformation Explained

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What Are Chapters in an Agile Operating Model?

The Spotify Model? Tribes? Chapters? Squads? – What’s it all mean?    It’s been six years now since Henrik Kniberg shared the Spotify Model on his blog.    It was a vision for how Spotify would implement their operating model moving forward, as a work in progress.  Not intended to be set in stone –…Continue readingWhat Are Chapters in an Agile Operating Model?

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Global perspectives on the Agile Operating Model

“Plainly speaking, an agile operating model is the engine that drives the organisation, in order to achieve the strategic objectives.” Nate Nelson, Managing Director, ADAPTOVATE. US office. The following article builds on our continuing series on the Agile Operating Model, and its ability to cut costs and create efficiencies.    Our original video series from the…Continue readingGlobal perspectives on the Agile Operating Model

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The rare time maturing is better – Agile across organisations

Download the PDF Maturing Agile across organisations  Many organisations today have had a taste of Agile. From pilot agile teams to transforming the entire organisation to adopt an agile mindset. Not everyone who has implemented agile has realised the expected business benefits promoted.   Agile works for teams but not at an organisation-wide level  A common perception is that agile is great for teams delivering incremental value (eg software teams delivering features). But is not relevant at an…Continue readingThe rare time maturing is better – Agile across organisations

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Agile has gone from quirky & outlandish to being THE lifeline.

“Agile has gone from quirky and outlandish through to being the very lifeline keeping projects delivering in these changing times,” said one of our team recently.  We’ve all seen them.  The memes of overused business words used during COVID.  Pivot. Transition. Agile. Uncertainty.  And it’s getting annoying, mainly because they’re all relevant.   Annoying for companies like ADAPTOVATE, who for years have…Continue readingAgile has gone from quirky & outlandish to being THE lifeline.