Continuous Delivery, Uncategorized

Continuous Discussions – Metrics That Matter

On January 26th I participated in an online panel on the subject of Measuring DevOps, as part of Continuous

Discussions (#c9d9), a series of community panels about Agile, Continuous Delivery and DevOps. Watch

a recording of the panel:

Continuous Discussions is a community initiative by Electric Cloud, which powers Continuous Delivery at businesses like SpaceX, Cisco, GE and E*TRADE by automating their build, test and deployment processes.

I felt that the atmosphere in the webinar was nice and friendly. The other panelists were knowledgable and nice to talk with, that goes for the hosts too, who facilitated the discussion in a very professional way.

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Change, Continuous Delivery, Lean Product Development

Hire Passionate People

“The secret to a successful team is this: look for the people who want to change the world”

– Mark Benioff, CEO of Salesforce

After several months of seeking alignment, we finally got funding for a 4 month experiment to test out a new way of working. We knew that chances of success would increase with skilled people in the team. But for this kind of mission we needed something more. We needed people who were not only skilled but also passionate about what they were doing. But most importantly, we needed people with a growth mindset (see Carol Dweck’s work to lean more about a Fixed VS Growth Mindset).

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Conferences, Kanban, Uncategorized

Kanban Leadership Retreat 2012

This year’s Kanban Leadership Retreat, #klrat, was an inspiring event with lots of great food and drinks in warm and beautiful Mayrhofen, Austria. Long breaks, fantastic people, great conversations and an exciting un-conference program created a perfect arena for learning. As last year, it was arranged and organized by David J. Anderson & Associates. Thanks for putting this excellent event together!

Amongst the many interesting topics were:

Kanban Katas, Visualization, Systemic Flow, Lean Startup, Portfolio Kanban, Change and Crossing the Chasm.

I will elaborate on some of these in what follows….

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Kanban Training Class with David Anderson

I’m proud to announce that David Anderson will visit Norway late March to hold his first official Kanban Training Class in Norway. The event will take place in Oslo on March 28-29 at Hotel Bristol

This intensive 2-day Kanban training class provides an introduction to Lean, Pull Systems and Kanban and will explain how established industrial engineering theory can apply to software development process. The training class is a great opportunity to learn how to do successful evolutionary change from the “Father of Kanban-style software development”

The class is limited to 20 participants. If your interested in learning Kanban from the best you can register here.

Agile, Kanban

Small Changes – Small Improvements

A couple of weeks ago I was discussing Kanban with one of the managers at the client I work for. He was curious about the method and wanted to learn more about it. Having talked about the power of making work visible and limiting work in progress, I argued that perhaps the single most important aspect of Kanban is its ability to drive evolutionary change: One small change will leave the way open for other changes. The response I got was that it sounded like too much of a sales pitch. He wanted to know if I had any experience from projects where this had happened. Fortunately I had…

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Agile, project management

Building Great Teams

Year 2000 marked the beginning of the first Galácticos era in Real Madrid. In an attempt to build the best fotball team in the world, President Florentino Perez´ambitious goal was to buy at least one new Galáctico each season. The Galacticos of Real Madrid could celebrate some initial successes, winning the Champions League in 2002. But the success would not continue. As more and more star player were brought to the spanish capital the performance of the team started declining, allowing Barcelona to overtake them as the No 1 club in Spain and Europe. The first Galácticos era ended in 2007.

What the leaders of Real Madrid failed to understand was that it takes more than world class players to produce a great team. The individuals must be able to work and function together as a team.
The same is true for any other team, software development teams included. Building a team takes time, and simply allocating the “best” people is a poor strategy.

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Agile, Kanban

From Scrum to Kanban – Introducing change

Agile software development is not about whether you do Scrum, XP or Kanban. It is about finding a process that works in the environment you’re in. Finding this can be hard, and doing so certainly require reflection about what you are doing, how you’re doing it and why. One thing’s for sure, if you are doing something and it doesn’t work: Stop doing it!
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