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As a transformation consultant, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many agile Centers of Excellence (COEs). And along the way, I’ve developed a model for an agile COE that I have applied in both small and large organizations. I’ll introduce that model in this blog and provide more details in follow-up posts.
As part of your agile transformation, have you engaged with your finance and accounting friends to include agile in their accounting practices? Maybe you've read "Why Agilists Should Care About Agile Capitalization" and you’re trying to help your finance group make sense of agile.
I want a number, a metric, that tells me how productive our teams are!”
challenged my former Head of IT, some years ago. Certainly, it’s a reasonable request to ask how productive a team (or a whole system) is.
But first let’s look at the why behind the question. Why do we measure productivity? Because we should? Because we can? For transparency? Accountability? To drive behaviors and influence culture? Should we measure it at all?
It used to be that software was something you had in your business: you used it to manage work and control your hardware, or you sold it to customers to generate revenue. But in today’s digital world, software is your business.
When it comes to agile, what’s the least you can do? If you're serious about improving what you deliver but your efforts are frustrated by apathy—or even hostility—when presented with change, how much change should you present? Do you have to change everything?
If you’ve looked at the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) before and determined it wasn’t adequate for your large-scale development, look again.
The fourth version of the Scaled Agile Framework just hit the streets and includes major enhancements that support large-scale software and systems. For highlights, check out our blog, “10 Things You Need to Know About SAFe 4.0."