Pilgrims and Pioneers in the Enterprise

Pilgrims and Pioneers in the Enterprise
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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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Agile at Large is largely unmapped territory, being explored by pioneers and pilgrims. If you want to join them, beware remote armchair theorists with their Can’t and Mustn’t fearmongering, telling you you’re wrong for even trying. Talk to...

Privy to Great Becomings, Recognising Nothing

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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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Supporting organisations with both Agility and Scale needs takes empathy and understanding of both. ‘Pure’ advice from either context is unlikely to be sufficiently sensitive to be effective. Imagine this scenario… You’re working as a...

Value-Add: Considered Harmful in Product Development Flow

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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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Managers are commonly focused on Value-Add in Product Development and how people and teams can increase it. This way of thinking leads to a focus that is harmful to Value Realisation; it incurs a very real Cost of Delay. When we talk about value adding time, we look...

SAFe: Responding to Ron Jeffries’ Review

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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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Reviews of SAFe based on knowledge rather than supposition are increasingly supportive that it has positive intentions, and useful practises. While there are still genuinely held concerns, some of these are based on risks rather than certainties, and assert...

Scaling Agile: You’re Looking at the Wrong Thing

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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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Critising SAFe for ‘scaling agile’ is missing the point. It’s about using means that Agile has developed to improve Product Development Flow in an existing context of significant complexity factors Chris Matts gives a great summary of this context:...