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8 steps to increase productivity and reduce overburdening

8 Steps to Increase Productivity and Reduce Overburdening of Your Team

Does Your Team Look Like This? They identify as a team, yet team members tend to work separately. If asked, they say they value collaboration but don’t appear to be behaving that way in practice. They focus on getting things done and are quick to blame each other when a team member’s work is running behind. Leaders manage individuals. They depend on and need heroes to take on certain types… Read More »8 Steps to Increase Productivity and Reduce Overburdening of Your Team

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6 Simple Steps to Determine Team Productivity

This article is also featured on LinkedIn by Kyle Chandler Productivity is all about flow. What is flow? I like Mike Burrow’s definition from his book Right to Left. Flow is about delivering maximum value to the customer with minimum delay, interruption, or rework. Flow is about delivering maximum value to the customer with minimum delay, interruption, or rework. When driving your car from point A to B, where are you… Read More »6 Simple Steps to Determine Team Productivity

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Want to optimize delivery effectiveness with Kanban? Which of your teams should you start with?

This article is also featured on LinkedIn by Kyle Chandler In my last article, I pointed out what Kanban is. I gave insight into the steps you can use to implement the management method. It left leaders asking, “Where should I implement Kanban?.” “Across all of my teams?.” “Within each team?” “Where will I get the most business benefit?” These are great questions that we’ll answer in this article.  We’ll use… Read More »Want to optimize delivery effectiveness with Kanban? Which of your teams should you start with?

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Struggling to Deliver: The delicate balance between demand and capability

This article is also featured on LinkedIn by Kyle Chandler Your team is in the middle of delivering a time-sensitive feature. You are worried… Are we going to make the deadline this time? Will we have to resort to overtime again? How sure are we that quality is okay? Will customers complain again? How large will the new pile of issues be that we’ll have to fix? Will customers stick… Read More »Struggling to Deliver: The delicate balance between demand and capability

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How to use culture change to build sustainable agility

In Part 1 of this series we explained why you shouldn’t apply agile frameworks and industry best practices blindly in your organization. There are serious downsides to prescribing agile practices It is because they generally come with what, why, and how but the how doesn’t always work in your company’s or team’s context. When the standard approach jams up against your current way of working it actually reduces productivity, and increases… Read More »How to use culture change to build sustainable agility

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Why you should stop applying Agile frameworks and best practices.

If your Agile transformation has been a painful experience you are not alone. This seems to be very common. They say change is hard. I strongly believe that we’re making a HUGE mistake with the approach in implementing this type of change in our organizations and we are making it much more difficult than it needs to be. There is a better way and I believe I have discovered what… Read More »Why you should stop applying Agile frameworks and best practices.

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The Agile Hype Cycle. Beware of where you land.

Look at the Agile Hype Cycle graph below. Do you think it has nothing to do with Agile? It isn’t directly for this purpose, but it still applies. Published by Gartner, it helps us understand the maturity and adoption of specific technologies. This can be witnessed in organizations trying to adopt agile. If you find yourself in the ‘Peak of Inflated Expectations’ area or before it you should be very… Read More »The Agile Hype Cycle. Beware of where you land.