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Improving in the moment

Seeing the opportunity
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Being an Agile developer

Knowledge workers are key to Agile <
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Unit and Integration Testing Overview

The two important types of testing <
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Making Joy a Priority at Work

Source Content Available Here
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The 4 Key Elements of Your Digital DNA

Q: What’s the difference between a £100 haircut and a £10 haircut? A: About 3 weeks!
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Why a Focus on Your Software Delivery Maturity is Essential to Digital Transformation

I was talking to an old friend of mine this week who told me that he had recently bought a new car. He decided to get a Tesla ...
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Who are Your Digital Influencers? Five Key Voices of Our Digital Age

I was participating in online interviews this week for a research project, waxing lyrical about the challenges of digital tra ...
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TLDR Culture and Learning to Learn in a Digital Age

One of the great joys in life is watching your children grow and find their own way in the world.
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The Human Dimension of Digital Transformation

Ask any organization what is their most important asset, and the most common answer will be “our people”.
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Spring Forward: Why Now is the Time to Reassess Your Digital Values

Just a few days ago I had my first Covid vaccination jab.
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Why the Power of Digital Transformation Comes With Huge Responsibilities

I have always had a deep-seated fear of software and its consequences.
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The Problem with Putting Your Trust in Data

As an avid football fan, I was keenly interested when earlier this year 
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Digital Identity and the Power of Me

Just before the end of 2020 , I decided it would be a good idea to switch business bank accounts for the consul
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Lessons in Digital Pride and Prejudice

It has been a funny old week.
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Three Digital Dilemmas Facing Leaders in Large Established Organizations

There is no doubt that the adoption of digital technology has helped all organizations maintain their current operations in t ...
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Understanding the State of Agile

In a few days it will be exactly 20 years since a group of software engineering practitioners
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There is no Internet

Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.  As I get older it becomes harder to remember those long days (and nights) writing softwa ...
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The Promise of a Golden Age for Digital Innovation

It is hard to look back over the last year with much pleasure.
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The Joy of Seeing Double with Digital Twins

We live in strange and curious times. The unpredictability of the past year seems likely to continue for some time to come. ...
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How to Estimate Work

A common question
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The Easiest Way to Ensure Quality

A common problem with quality
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How to Measure Speed

Delivering value fast
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Addressing Flow Impediments

The goal of getting faster
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How to Plan an Iteration

The context for planning
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How to Plan a Release

Getting a bigger picture
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Operating as an Agile Team

So, you are a team, and you would like to take a full advantage of lean and agile way of working.
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CSM Practice Test

Build a DevOps Pipeline

More customer value with DevOps <
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Agile Architecture

Why architecture matters Solution architecture determines a lot.
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How to Split Work and get Incremental Value

The importance of work breakdown Any significant complex effort is split up into smaller pieces and that’s how it gets imple ...
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How to Effectively Decentralize Decision Making

Effective decentralized decision-making Decisions in complex work In complex effort, decisions are everything.
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How to use Capacity Allocations to Compliment Prioritization

Prioritization is helpful but not always sufficient Prioritization is critical: Knowing what is less and what is more import ...
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The Business Value of Non Functional Requirements

Nonfunctional system qualities Both customers and teams often discuss the value of the functionality that should be delivere ...
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How to Accelerate Innovation

The challenge of effective innovation Everybody wants innovation, as innovation is a strong driver of value.
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Predictability at Scale

When multiple teams are working together towards a common goal, achieving predictability becomes a harder task.
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What Exactly do you want to be Preditable?

Many companies realize that they need predictability. Various departments and groups within the enterprise may be fully onboa ...
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A Definition of Ready is Critical to Predictable Delivery

Why do you need a definition of ready? The more unknowns there are in the development process, the lower is the predictabili ...
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Predictablity Requires Responsiveness

Why you need a responsive process? If you are involved in a repetitive activity, like producing paperclips or serving cheese ...
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What is the Impact You're making on the Business?

The purpose of a team If you are a team that is a part of a larger enterprise, there is a reason why you exist as a team. ...
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How to Measure Business Value

Do you estimate value correctly?  Your team just delivered a feature that you deemed very valuable.
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Scope Doesn't Equal Value

Big focus on scope A lot of focus and energy of organizations is invested in ideating, elaborating, designing and delivering ...
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Keys to prioritizing work

Prioritization is critical
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Reflecting on the 20th anniversary of the Agile Manifesto

In the Surveillance Economy Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted

One of my lockdown activities has been to make dent on the growing pile of books and articles on digital transformation topic ...
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Data is not the new oil…and AI is definitely not the new software engineering

The rapid arrival of a new wave of AI-based products and services has driven many to declare that we’re entering a new era wh ...
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Hard Lessons: Digital Disruption in Higher Education

Universities in the UK are big business.
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What is the Digital Economy?

Quite embarrassingly for a “Professor in Digital Economy”, one of the questions I struggle with most is the one I receive mos ...
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Lessons from Cambridge Analytica – Using Digital Data to Drive Decision Making

In a world being digitally transformed, the fear for many is that the digitally-empowered will increasingly exploit technolog ...
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Digital Transformation Lessons from the Trials and Tribulations of the UK Contact-Tracing App

The Summer of 2020 will be remembered as an unprecedented time for digital transformation. 
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If Digital Transformation is the Answer…What’s the Question?

Some time ago, long before the covid lockdown era, I was spending large parts of each week flying between endless customer me ...
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Digital Platforms – The Power and the Glory

In today’s digital economy, it is well understood that digital platforms have redefined our views on digital marketplaces, su ...
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Digital Transformation – Looking backwards, looking forwards

It has been exactly a year since the publication of my latest book on “Delivering Digital Transformation:
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What’s the Focus for Productivity in the Digital Era?

One of the major challenges facing the UK is to boost productivity.
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Three Critical Reflections on the Digital Economy in 2020

I’m sitting in a Wimpy hamburger restaurant at the heart of a shopping mall in Aldershot town centre.
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The Digital Economy Year – Six of the Best Books in 2020

It’s been a great year. Ok, well not in general, but certainly in terms of new books on digital economy topics.
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In 2021, What Will You Value?

I’m not a fan of New Year resolutions. I am unconvinced by movies in which the bad guy changes into a paragon of virtue overn ...
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Improving the reliability of your team's commitments

Improve the reliability of your team's commitments The commitment problem How reliable is your team commitment?  ...
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Frequent integration is key to predictability and shorter cycle times

Frequent integration is key to predictability and shorter cycle times As long as there is more than one person working on th ...
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Protect the team from overcommitment

Protect the team from overcommitment In every organization, there’s always more appetite for teams’ capacity than there’s th ...
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Plan in a way that unlocks business value

Plan in a way that unlocks business value The way you plan for complex effort, in many ways, determines its success. ...
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How to write great backlog items

What makes good backlog items? Is this a good user story or a feature? 
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The team must understand the product vision

Team must understand the product vision
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Pursuing Enterprise Outcomes

Webinar: Nailing your next interview

Scrum Master Interview Questions

SCRUM MASTER INTERVIEW QUESTIONS When conducting interview it’s especially hard to determine if someone doing the interview ...
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Product Owner Interview Questions

PRODUCT OWNER INTERVIEW QUESTIONS When conducting interview it’s especially hard to determine if someone doing the interview ...
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Agile Coach Interview Questions

AGILE COACH INTERVIEW QUESTIONS When conducting interview it’s especially hard to determine if someone doing the interview r ...
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Product Owner Job Description

Product Owner responsibilities include:
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Sr. Scrum Master Job Description

Senior Scrum Master
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Sr. Agile Coach Job Description

Agile Coach Job Description

Description (Company Name) is looking for an agile coach to drive the adoption and optimization of lean agile value and ...
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An April Fool's kickstarter

From the guys over at Mountain Goat Software, this got loads of laughs when it was released on April Fool
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Explore the latest scaling framework - Lafable

Hung up on which scaling framework to explore, take a second to enjoy this April fools release of the latest scaling framewor ...
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How to become an agile coach

The Journalist PO

Comic Agile - The why of going agile

#5 – The ‘Why’ of Going Agile
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Keys to a good demo

How to calculate team capacity

Deliver value incrementally

Deliver More Value Incrementally The problem of delivering all at once Not everything is equall
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Creating customer empathy

      Why establishing customer empathy is critical?  
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Settle the question of who owns prioritization

In many organizations it’s unclear who ultimately owns prioritization. Is it the CEO? CFO? Architect?
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You need a single backlog for Epics/Features/Stories

Single Backlog for Epics/Features/Stories  Many organizations begin their agile journey at the team level.
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Protect the team from overcommitting

As your organization communicates an inspiring vision often you will find team members as well as leaders seek to commit to m ...
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No invisible work - put everything in your backlog

It’s important to make all work visible Almost every team I’ve worked with has challenges early on capturing all their work ...
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How to handle emergent work

What to do with emergent work What to do with emergent work? The work that was not known at the moment of planning. ...
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Business Agility Overview

I regularly talk with organizations that have invested in agile transformation and felt they didn’t receive the promised valu ...
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Too many meetings? Don't kill the retro!

Working agreements - The DNA of team culture

As a leader, at all levels, you are concerned with establishing an effective, productive team culture.   Effective, productiv ...
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Reduce Batch Sizes

Reduce batch sizes Introducing batches of work Work is always executed in batches.
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Build a single source of the truth

Build a single source of truth The problem with disconnected information How are your teams doing?
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Use the tooling to enable transparency

Use the tooling You need visibility   Knowing the progression on a complex initiative is very important.
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Why Gartner Named CollabNet VersionOne – Now Digital.ai – A Leader in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools MQ for the 8th Consecutive Year

The Gartner MQ for Enterprise Agile Planning is hot off the presses and for the eighth consecutive year, CollabNet VersionOne ...
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The 14th Annual State of Agile Report is Here

Is your organization practicing or scaling enterprise Agile?
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The Next Big Thing in Agile

Innovation diffusion In his 1962 book “The Diffusion of Innovation” Everett Rogers explained how innovative ideas become com ...
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Why HR is Critical to Your Digital Transformation?

Just about every article you see these days starts with the comment that 
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A Harsh Reminder that Digital Transformation Has Little To Do With Technology

It’s been quite a week.
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New Updated Scrum Guide

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Innovation is on a Mission

How should universities and businesses drive their innovation efforts in response to the covid-induced crisis?
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Three Lessons for the Future of Digital Transformation

It has now been more than 9 months since I last visited my office.
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Scaling Agile: Skills and Best Practices

I recently had the pleasure of hosting an Agile Q&A webinar with Danny Presten, Chief Methodologist at CollabNet VersionO ...
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Why Agile? The degradation of requirements

Do you ever wonder why we’re talking about agile in recent years but operated in a completely different model for decades bef ...
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What it means to be a lean agile leader

A common mistake of many leaders is assuming that Lean and Agile is a self-contained set of practices that will magically mak ...
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Optimize the whole, not just your part

Avoid local optimization  Why do organizations exist?
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Enable People and Interactions

We often pay so much attention to roadmaps, metrics, processes, plans, that we completely forget that success of complex effo ...
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Apply Cadence and Synchronization

What is cadence for? Succeeding with complex effort requires fast learning.
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An agile view of the classic triple constraint

For decades project managers have learned about the “Iron Triangle” or “Triple Constraint.” Let’s explore how this operates i ...
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Stop starting and start finishing- The key to team performance

Lot's of work but less value Several years ago I was transferred and needed to put my house on the market to sell. ...
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Team estimates and team commitments are foundational to reliable delivery

We all want reliability Every leader I've had the chance to interact with wants to be able to accurately predict when some d ...
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Celebrate wins to maintain your momentum

Transformation is hard it takes a lot of effort from a large number of people over a long time.
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A leader's role in enabling transparency

Organizational performance relies on transparency
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Proactively Address Risk

Organizationally we want to better make and meet commitments in each sprint and ultimately better predict delivery of key fea ...
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How an old jeep can help rescue your retrospectives

The most important step toward achieving your vision today might not be on your “to do” list

I had the privilege to spend some time in Aspen Colorado this week meeting with some influential leaders that have an amazing ...
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The next big thing

https://digital.ai/resources/blog/the-next-big-thing-in-agile
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How leader can unblock and accelerate organizational improvements

In every State of Agile survey for the past several years leadership and cultural challenges have emerged as the most signifi ...
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