Switch in Action: Business Change Management Applied to Software Engineering

November 26th, 2013

As regular readers of this blog would know, I recently read Chip & Dan Heath’s Switch (which I blogged about here). One Saturday evening in July, whilst only a short way though the book, I found myself thinking of the challenges we had rolling out “Trails”, our automated deployment tool. Even though Trails was built […]

Advice for Agile Coaches on “Dealing With” Middle Management

October 22nd, 2013

Over the past few months I have been fortunate to attend a number of Agile Conferences. A theme I observed, particularly in open spaces and social conversations, related to the role of middle management in an Agile Transformation. Questions like: what to do about Middle Management, how to deal with the “frozen middle” and what […]

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Book Clubs at Work – Are You Serious?

October 13th, 2013

As mentioned in a prior post, the idea for the EDW Agile Release Train came from reading Dean Leffingwell’s Scaling Software Agility. A couple of months after reading the book, there was a restructure and I found myself leading the technology team that I has previously been a customer of.  I was eager to pitch the […]

What Happens to Project Managers When You Implement SAFe?

September 29th, 2013

What happens to Project Managers when you implement SAFe? I see this question come up time and again and while I am sure there is more than one answer, in my experience, the role of the Project Manager changes and there are less of them. In the specific case of the EDW Agile Release Train, […]

How to Grow an Agile Release Train

September 22nd, 2013

The EDW Agile Release Train was established as a fixed capacity model consisting of five permanent feature teams. As our ability to deliver has improved over the last year, the demand for our services has increased. This lead to us to contemplating our options – do nothing, add another team. extend the capacity of the […]

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip & Dan Heath

September 15th, 2013

Having read and really enjoyed Chip & Dan Heath’s first book, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, I bought Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hardwhen it was first released, however it sat on my bookshelf gathering dust until I heard +Jean Tabaka talking about it when she visited Telstra in June. In Switch, the […]

A Perspective on the Scaled Agile Framework

September 1st, 2013

I have watched with interest and disappointment over the past month or so as Agile thought leaders have taken to publicly passing judgement on the new kid on the block, the Scaled Agile Framework aka SAFe. In the interests of full disclosure, I am a certified SAFe Program Consultant, I use SAFe with my team […]

My Agile 2013 Experience – Day 6 of 6

August 26th, 2013

Friday The closing keynote for Agile 2013 was “Why Everyone Needs DevOps Now: A Fourteen Year Study Of High Performing IT Organizations ” by +Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project. (If you haven’t read The Phoenix Project you can download a free 170 page excerpt here.)  This is the second time I have heard Gene give this presentation and […]

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