The Scrum approach to agile software development marks a dramatic departure from waterfall management. Scrum and other agile methods were inspired by its shortcomings. Scrum emphasizes collaboration, functioning software, team self management, and the flexibility to adapt to emerging business realities.
Here’s a link to a number of blog posts I’ve been reading that have culture and transformation at the core. I’ve aggregated my favorites. Feel free to add to the list below in the comments section. I’ll respond with what I think.
- Here’s an article I stumbled upon while reading LinkedIn. It’s written by Jeff DeGraff a Professor from the US. In it, he talks about culture change vs. culture growth and digs back into his Hungarian roots (yay! He’s Hungarian just like me). Have a read here http://linkd.in/U6rPjj
- If you are new to systems thinking, here’s a great blog post I read by John Wenger: bit.ly/10HzGec
- What is DevOps anyways? With all the hype around Developer Operations or DevOps – this blogger reminds us to consider that it’s culture at the middle http://bit.ly/UfH0sX
We recently set a team of consultants from my company to conduct a formal assessment of a medium sized financial firm’s an Agile capabilities. I’d like to share thew approach here. The team went on site to conduct interviews and observations in 5 areas –
• Value delivery
• Agile engineering
• Project Management
• Product management
• Environment and Organizational Culture
Also, the investigation took input on the demographics of the individual project being examined, the stakeholders involved and the competitive/regulatory environment in which the organization as a whole operates. Understanding the context in which an organization operates is crucial to understanding the optimal level of Agility, and thus, the plan of action.
Understanding the goals of the organization is particularly important. Not every axis needs to be top-ranked to achieve the company’s goals. In fact, on this particular assessment we found that only one needed urgent attention – Project Management. I’ll provide details in another post.Tags: agile, Agile assessment, Agile Conference 2008, Scrum Basics, Scrum Methodology
Scrum Training Series
- Scrum based funding model – 20 percent May 9, 2013
- The Next Big Idea March 5, 2013
- On Being Available February 17, 2013
- Should Scrum Always Require the Product Owner to Attend the Sprint Retrospective Meeting? February 5, 2013
- Happiness Metrics January 23, 2013