Resistance to change in the business world limits the ability of organizations to transform, adapt, compete, and succeed in an advancing marketplace. It's important for today's leaders to adopt an agile approach to change management, being willing to risk, practice, and drive change from a visionary perspective.
One of the major contributors to an agile project's success or failure are the people. When it comes to people and self-organized high-performing teams, mutual trust is the foundational and one of the most critical factors. This article focuses on mutual trust in the context of agile software development, the 7 principles, and related steps on how this can be achieved towards building self-organizing and high-performing teams.
It's not easy to implement agile compliance, considering that it breaks down structure and hierarchy, which typically inhibit trust and collaboration. However, it improves the potential for better quality and makes it easy to implement comprehensive cybersecurity strategies.
Following agile ceremonies may make an organization feel good, but that’s only a start. “Great big agile” requires leadership at all levels to focus on self-organization and empowerment as a universal framework.
Migrating an organization to continuous integration requires adoption new processes, tools, and automation. DevOps relies on dramatic culture change to encourage total transparency and collaboration among all project stakeholders.
Wilson Mar, systems architect at McKinsey & Company, discusses the age of AI, saying the best way to stay with the times is to be a risk-taker and a nonconformist. He talks about who the modern Luddites are and says companies need to recognize and accept different modes of communication in order to keep jobs in a time when technology is taking over.
Jan Jaap Cannegieter, principal consultant at Squerist, chats with TechWell community manager Owen Gotimer about senior management’s new role in agile development, strategies for providing feedback to managers, and why more teams should shift testing right. Continue the conversation with Jan Jaap and Owen (@owen) on the TechWell Hub (http://hub.techwell.com/)!
In this interview, Jason Wick, senior manager at MakeMusic, discusses his STAREAST presentation about eight ways you could be making your one-on-one meetings completely useless. He discusses in depth what he feels is the number one way to ruin these meetings: holding back on feedback. He also offers advice on how you can educate your team leader to avoid the pitfalls that lead to ineffective one-on-ones.
In this interview, Bob Galen, principal agile coach at Vaco Agile, talks about the importance of getting rid of silos by breaking down the barriers of “them and us” and becoming “we.” He also discusses the need for agile managers to steer away from a tactical management view toward a more strategic leadership view. That means leading their teams by setting expectations and guidelines and being available to help if needed, but ultimately just trusting their teams to get the job done.
Successful agile software development depends on a healthy product backlog. Too often, teams attempting to adopt an agile methodology for a project with a new product owner struggle in their transition due to a sparse product backlog.
There are many companies today implementing agile and DevOps practices, usually enabled by a microservices architecture. Most of them are focused on continuously delivering value to their customers within the boundary of a time-bound sprint.
When agile transformations fail, many agilists blame their executives for not caring about or understanding agile. However, few people focus on the different languages that IT and business people speak, and the different outcomes that both sides desire.