Software Colleagues: Does This Sound Familiar?

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EMEA Director, Digital Advisory & Consulting Services at HCL Enterprise Studio
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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This is a brief blog, spurred by reading on a sunny Sunday afternoon in my garden. Take a read of this and tell me if it rings bells. I’ve obscured a couple of details. …the philosophy of the company was that many defects could only be detected by test...

Lean and Software

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EMEA Director, Digital Advisory & Consulting Services at HCL Enterprise Studio
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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What is Lean? Why Do You Need It? It’s a management system that aims to better serve customer needs with less time, less space, less hassle, less money, fewer people… less less less less to do more. If you’re in the software business (actually, most...

Success and Failure in Projects

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EMEA Director, Digital Advisory & Consulting Services at HCL Enterprise Studio
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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Project Management, it seems, is a failure. Whether it’s Harvard Business Review telling us that 70% of Change Initiatives Fail, or that old warhorse, the Standish Chaos Report, we’re surrounded by voices telling us that we’re profoundly failing. And...

Mike Cohn’s Scrum Promise — Echoes Lean Best Practise

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EMEA Director, Digital Advisory & Consulting Services at HCL Enterprise Studio
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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in my Scrum classes I warn attendees of what I call the Scrum Promise: If you adopt Scrum, there will be a day you come into the office nearly in tears over how hard the change can be. This is because Scrum doesn’t solve problems, it uncovers them and puts them...

Lean and Agile – differences in language are telling

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EMEA Director, Digital Advisory & Consulting Services at HCL Enterprise Studio
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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I saw an interesting article, outlining the use of the speech form Subject-Verb-Object, Present Tense, recommending: “I congratulate the writers who write articles for free.”  over “The people who write articles for free are to be...

Lean Thinking Is..?

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EMEA Director, Digital Advisory & Consulting Services at HCL Enterprise Studio
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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I’ve read many sources – via books, articles, blogs and Twitter – on what the essence of Lean & Lean Thinking is. I’m interested though in what you think. How would you succinctly complete either of the following phrases: “Lean...