TL;DR: How to Measure Agility of Organizations and Teams
Is every organization suited to become ‘agile?’ If so: How to measure agility? And if not: Wouldn’t it be great figuring that out before embarking on a futile and expensive journey?
Back in October and November 2017, I ran a survey to identify contributing factors to an organization’s or a team’s agile maturity. In total, 86 people participated. Based on their answers, I aggregated a preliminary taxonomy of agility related factors.
This taxonomy was first presented on the Hands-on Agile Berlin meetup on November 30th, 2017.
On February 3rd, 2018, 20-plus people will join a hackathon to build an agility assessment framework based on this taxonomy. The goal of the workshop is to provide the first version of a tool that empowers agile practitioners to measure agility, be it an organization’s suitability for agile practices or a team’s progress on its path to becoming agile.
TL; DR: Create Personas with the Help of the Engineers
Creating valuable software requires knowing the customer—we all agree on that, right? The first question that then comes to mind is how to support this product discovery process in a meaningful manner in an agile environment? And the second question follows swiftly: who shall participate in the process—designers and business analysts or the engineers, too?
Read on and learn why personas are useful for product discovery purposes, how to create personas, and why the complete team—including the engineers—needs to participate in their creation.
TL;DR: The Overall Retrospective
After rebuilding an existing application on a new tech stack within time and under budget our team had an overall retrospective with stakeholders this week to identify systemic issues. We found more than 20 problems in total and derived eight detailed recommendations the organization will need to address when moving forward to the next level of agile product creation.
Read on and learn how we achieved this result in under two hours with an overall retrospective attended by 16 people.
TL; DR: The Net Promoter Score® of SAFe®
I ran a poll on the question “Would You Recommend SAFe® as a Scaling Framework?” from May 3rd, 2017 to May 17th, 2017 to identify the Net Promoter Score® SAFe®.
In total, 212 participants replied during that period. Based on the Net Promoter Score® concept, 142 of those votes identified detractors, 31 promoters, and 39 passives. The resulting Net Promoter Score® of SAFe® as a scaling framework is – 52.
(Disclosure: I participated in the poll, and I belong to the group of the detractors.)
TL; DR: Abusive Agile – Beyond the Cargo Cult
Here are some frighteningly abusive management practices, wrapped in an agile flag, that I have lived through.
Note by Stefan: This post is a guest post, and the author is using a pseudonym for apparent reasons.
Preliminary Results (May 11th, 2017)
So far, 191 agile practitioners have participated in the ‘Would You Recommend SAFe® as a Scaling Framework?’ poll.
Based on their feedback SAFe®’s Net Promoter Score® is currently calculated at –51.
Participate in the ‘Would You Recommend SAFe® as a Scaling Framework?’ Poll
To participate in the anonymous poll ‘Would You Recommend SAFe® as a Scaling Framework?’ please click this link to the poll’s Google form.
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