Thought leadership to achieve business results of exceptional quality and lasting value.

Beware Agile Era Requirements Blunders

By Scott Stribrny | Oct 2, 2020 |

From our work advising and studying client companies, we have discerned many blunders that leaders should avoid if they want to fully capitalize on agile’s potential. Here are key indicators that warn you when you are about to make a requirements blunder.

Read More

Four Steps to Growing Profitably Outside-In

By Brendan Doorhy | Aug 25, 2020 |

Have you ever struggled with the fuzzy front end of solution development? Ever been confused about whose role it is to innovate for profitable growth, when it should occur and why more innovation is not being generated. Are there other barriers that may be keeping you from realizing more profitable growth?

Read More

Part III – Organizational Transformation – Challenges and Strategies

By Alex Bojanic | Aug 4, 2020 |

Transformation Priorities   We talked in Part II of this blog series about elements of agile transformation with a focus on two main initiatives: process and technical agility. We laid out some ideas and details to consider and to understand approaches to scaling. But one question is still not answered – in what order of priority do you…

Read More

Part II – Organizational Transformation – Challenges and Strategies

By Alex Bojanic | Jul 27, 2020 |

Transformation Strategy Elements and Their Priorities   In the previous blog (Part I) we discussed organizational transformation and organizational culture as a factor that is often overlooked, yet is a factor that can greatly impact the outcome and  success of the agile transformation. But before we analyze that impact, lets briefly discuss key elements of a successful…

Read More

Part I – Organizational Transformation – Challenges and Strategies

By Alex Bojanic | Jul 18, 2020 |

Introduction Many of us with passion for software organizational transformation, and a passion for helping teams transition from traditional waterfall or other “ancient” development models to contemporary agile and lean processes, have been reading books, blogs, white papers about these transformations. We often go to various online forums and follow threads on this topic. And…

Read More

Project Portfolio: Planning Under Pressure

By Scott Stribrny | Jun 18, 2020 |

With a structured and well-facilitated approach, one can move quickly and carefully to build/rebuild and manage the project portfolio your company requires to face challenges today —while also laying the critical next stepsfor prosperity tomorrow.

Read More

Agile versus Waterfall, Business Analysis and Project Management …?

By Gezinus Hidding | May 26, 2020 |

Our clients regularly ask us about Agile versus Waterfall, Agile versus Business Analysis, or Agile versus Project Management.  Our answers come from our perspective that system development and the management of it have a different life cycle, each with several variations, that are combined into a specific approach, e.g., for a particular project. Agile versus…

Read More

Seven Traits Good Project Managers Share: Do You Have Them?

By Scott Stribrny | May 12, 2020 |
leadership

Who’s the best project manager you ever worked with? This question, posed in a Q&A discussion after one of my recent corporate workshops, stimulated some fond reminiscing about all of the project managers I’ve respected through the years and what made them so good. It also probed into some comparison about what they all had in common. If you take nothing else from this post, do that … take some quiet time perhaps while sipping that second cup of morning rocket fuel, and develop a list of the project managers you’ve respected through the years. Then think about what traits they all had in common.

Read More

The Case for Vulnerability in Scrum Retrospectives

By Scott Stribrny | May 8, 2020 |
Courage

For a scrum team to be successful, it is important to learn of and solve problems as they occur. As we work together, we express how we’re doing, what’s in our way, and our concerns so they can be addressed. It’s an ongoing process of improvement from sprint to sprint. A retrospective session is most effective when everyone on the team is forthcoming about what went well, and also what didn’t. At this meeting, each team member should take time to quietly reflect and answer those two questions as it pertains to him or her. There are as many team dynamics as there are teams, so sometimes getting started is awkward if people feel uncomfortable opening up. Sustained success demands a brave willingness to be ‘All-In.’

Read More

Bridging the Gap Between Systems Engineering and Program Management via a Risk Aware Framework

By Scott Stribrny | May 7, 2020 |
Risk Aware Framework

Complex engineering systems are prone to schedule slips, budget over runs, and a variety of challenges that compromise delivered value. These challenges are a sign of failure on the part of both management and technical roles, but can be overcome through a Risk Aware Framework that integrates the roles into a cohesive systemic and systematic approach to delivering high-value business outcomes. This article shows how your organization can become more effective, more efficient, and more responsive, and enjoy better business outcomes by bridging the gap between Systems Engineering and Program Management via a Risk Aware Framework.

Read More