Scrum Roles vs Job Titles – Learning in a Digital / Agile Transformation

As we have been taking our organization through an Agile Transformation as a part of an overall Digital Transformation, we have been leading extensive training across our business lines and technology teams. One of the most common questions as we discuss Scrum, is around job titles and role. In scrum, Continue reading Scrum Roles vs Job Titles – Learning in a Digital / Agile Transformation

TED: Draw Toast! (Creative Problem Solving)

Tom Wujec has a TED talk on creative problem solving using a technique he calls “drawing toast”. The idea is not new, but the packaging and approach is solid and builds on innovation thinking. I posted a video from another TED talk about empowering the team, and ensuring all voices Continue reading TED: Draw Toast! (Creative Problem Solving)

Books to read: Sticky Wisdom: How to Start a Creative Revolution at Work

I got this book while working at Pfizer, and helping lead an innovation transformation in the consumer health division. We were looking to reboot out approach to product development and creativity in general, and as a part of that we invested in a great set of programs that I still Continue reading Books to read: Sticky Wisdom: How to Start a Creative Revolution at Work

Adapt to survive, or adapt to win…

There are more articles, papers and consultants than I can count on the topic of transformation in business. Many of them focus on the idea of transformation, and now especially “digital transformation” as a means of survival. I suggest an alternative, but complimentary idea. Don’t think of transformation as a Continue reading Adapt to survive, or adapt to win…

Digital Transformation… by any other name? Learning from other industries

I was reading an article at CIO Dive about the CIO at cosmetics conglomerate Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and it resonated with a transformation we are undertaking in the pharmaceutical industry. The thing I love about these types of situations is the broad applicability of good thinking, but also the Continue reading Digital Transformation… by any other name? Learning from other industries

Project Aristotle – Making Great Teams

Google researchers undertook a project to understand what makes a good team. The project was called Aristotle, after the quote “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. I find the results intriguing, as it was not stacked with what you might classically think of as drivers for Continue reading Project Aristotle – Making Great Teams

Principles behind the Agile Manifesto

The Agile Manifesto is backed or supported by 12 principles that describe the implementation approach. As mentioned in a related post, Agile is often blown up to a far more complex idea, with a misguided thinking that to be agile it means certain tools, specific techniques or other miscellaneous trivia. Continue reading Principles behind the Agile Manifesto

Agile Manifesto

The Manifesto for Agile Software Development came out of a discussion among 17 people in the Utah mountains. The story around the start in the Snowbird  ski resort is an interesting read, but fundamentally it is about looking for a better way of doing software development, and by extension, almost Continue reading Agile Manifesto

Design Thinking

Design thinking is an approach that can be stand alone or a critical part if an agile delivery approach. It is at it’s heart, about inspecting and adapting, using iterative approaches to build value. The approach offers a number of great benefits, to include: Quicker Starts – Since there does Continue reading Design Thinking