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Change is happening fast and furious in the business world. With so much pressure to keep up, it can be hard to take your foot off the gas pedal, even for a few days. Occasionally, though, it’s important to pull over and check the map to make sure you’re still on the right road.
If you’ll excuse the extended metaphor, we’d like to humbly offer RallyON!™ 2015 as a rest stop on your way to business agility.
Humans typically crawl before we learn to walk, and walk before we learn to run. But sometimes what we call running is really more like a walk, and sometimes when we’re in a real hurry we’ve been known to skip a step.
In my previous post on the first three Agile transformation failure modes, I focused on the LEADERSHIP aspects of failure: lack of real executive sponsorship, failure to transform leader behaviors, and refusal to change organizational structures.
These next three fail modes are failures in WORKFLOW: effectively making work decisions flow, setting work boundaries, and factoring in the costs associated with work across distributed teams.
Sharing stories about Rally customers who are doing cool and interesting things.
QSR International builds industry-leading software for qualitative research. Its flagship product, NVivo, helps policy makers, academics, and market researchers analyze large amounts of unstructured data to better understand human behaviors and motivations.
“If a low-income student becomes engaged in programming, it’s like winning a lottery ticket! She would not otherwise even know that this field existed. They don’t have these examples within their communities.” — Becky Kivlovitz, “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County
The year? 2015. The setting? An Agile transformation near you. The problem? You’ve hit a wall. Despite all your best intentions, you’re still not getting those promised benefits of Agile: speed, quality, value, sustainable growth across your organization. And your problems don’t stop there. You aren’t responding to market threats; you can’t even see market threats; you’re unable to retain great employees; you’re not an industry showcase. In the end, your Agile transformation has brought cynicism and distrust.
Last month, Forrester released a wave of portfolio management industry reports. In the Portfolio Management for Tech Management wave, Rally was named among the ten most significant portfolio management software providers, and was the only Agile vendor featured in the report. The inclusion of a pure Agile vendor reflects the growing importance of executing portfolio plans faster to hit critical market windows.