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Technical Debt Is Killing Your Business

Technical Debt Is Killing Your Business

May 16, 2019

Technical debt can cause critical issues for organizations. Every year an organization does not address these issues brings them closer to ruin. Some businesses even have to shut their doors due to irreconcilable technical debt that conventional solutions alone cannot address.

Arlo Belshee, full-stack Agile developer and technical coach, shares insightful knowledge on building better software, specifically as it pertains to what he calls safeguarding: “a simple, 22-minute practice that allows you to find, fund, and then execute real changes to your process and product.” One of the things that makes fixing technical debt so difficult is that “there is no one problem of technical debt.” Belshee advocates for empowering teams to own problems, to know what’s going on in their part of the system and to work quickly to address these problems.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Stas Zvinyatskovsky hosts at the Deliver: Agile Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

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What is Agile Portfolio Management?

What is Agile Portfolio Management?

May 9, 2019

One of our most requested topics to cover recently has been Agile Portfolio Management. We invited Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Brent Barton and Ryn Melberg to explain what is portfolio management and how to use it in an Agile organization.

Traditional portfolio management assumes an infinite supply of knowledge worker’s capacity. It also plans for 100% utilization (which is impossible) using full time equivalents, and part time people introduce a lot of context switching. These are two big problems.

Instead, Barton recommends building teams of people as enduring corporate assets, and then focus on maximizing the return on those assets – what we call return on team. Portfolio management in a traditional sense has the tendency to break up teams, which in turn crushes Agile. Melberg likens this to the cost of infrastructure for tearing down an office building each time a new project is started, yet companies do this to their people all the time.

Tune in to learn how to do portfolio management in today’s rapidly changing marketplace.

Reach Brent Barton at brent.barton@accenture.com or @brentbarton on Twitter.

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HR Must Lead the Charge to Transformation | Business Agility Series

HR Must Lead the Charge to Transformation | Business Agility Series

May 2, 2019

With our guests Pia-Maria Thorén and Shannon Ewan we dive into how HR – with strong support from leadership – need to be at the head of the change to business agility.

Thorén is a thought leader in Agile HR and the author of “Agile People – A Radical Approach for HR and Managers (That Leads to Motivated Employees)”. Ewan is an experienced leader, Agile coach, and currently serves as the Managing Director for the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile).

Says Thorén, “HR has a very crucial role when it comes to changing organizations: they work with the deep structures… like performance management, change management, organizational development. They choose the leadership programs that leaders go to… They have so much influence over the whole organization so that change is not possible if HR is not on board.”

The duo offer tips and insights into how people in HR and all across an organization can unlearn and retrain themselves about how people should be treated and should operate in a business agility context.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Leslie Morse hosts at the 2019 Business Agility Conference in New York City.

Learn more: 
- Agile People – A Radical Approach for HR and Managers (That Leads to Motivated Employees) 
- www.agilehrmanifesto.org/ 
- ICAgile Business Agility Learning Roadmap (icagile.com/Learning-Roadmap/Business-Agility)

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Transforming an Already Overburdened Organization | Business Agility Series

Transforming an Already Overburdened Organization | Business Agility Series

April 25, 2019

Stephen Parry is a business leader, strategist, change designer and author with a reputation for large-scale global business transformation. He sat down with us for a fascinating deep-dive into addressing transformation in organizations that are often already overburdened. 

According to Parry, during an org transformation, leadership tends to lose sight of the strategy, the org structures, and the investments in technology." Traditional leadership is just going down to the mid-management level and making sure they’re hitting the local numbers and trying harder, leaving the top decks with no captain. “ 

To resolve this problem, senior leaders have to trust the management at the mid level, and in turn middle managers must trust the staff below them. This enables leadership and middle management to perform the critical roles that cannot be done by those below them. Meanwhile, each manager’s reports must strive to “make your managers fantastic”, according to Parry. That calls for a trust strategy across the business. Parry calls this approach “power up” instead of “bottom up.” 

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Leslie Morse hosts. 

Hear Stephen Parry speak live at the Business Agility Conference in Vienna, Austria May 20-21, 2019.  

Learn more about our guest at https://www.lloydparry.com/ 

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How Unconscious Bias Hurts Innovation | Women in Agile

How Unconscious Bias Hurts Innovation | Women in Agile

April 18, 2019

Pioneer in Lean-Agile People Operations (formally known as “HR”) and CEO of Just Leading Solutions LLC, Fabiola Eyholzer uses science and statistics to help level the playing field for women in the business world. The data is compelling and it supports overwhelmingly the truly human characteristics that agile leaders portray: collaboration, communication, transparency and more. In other words, Agile leadership qualities could be described in words that are generally considered “feminine” or things that women excel at.

This isn’t lost to Eyholzer, who believes that diversity of thought is what drives success, and the cross-functional team concept that is deeply ingrained in Agile is evidence. But there is still a long way to go to equality and thus greater diversity of thought, and job hiring practices are an area that needs attention: While women make 53% of the new hires overall, only 3% of the new hires for leadership positions are female.

Eyholzer provides concrete tips for improving your hiring process – from job description to interviewing – so that it can be the gateway toward innovation and growth via diversity of thought.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Leslie Morse hosts at the 2019 Business Agility Conference in New York City.

Join us at the Women in Agile session at Agile 2019! Register here: https://www.agilealliance.org/events/women-in-agile-2019/

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CSG’s Mission-Driven Agile Journey | Business Agility Series

CSG’s Mission-Driven Agile Journey | Business Agility Series

April 11, 2019

CSG started out in cable billing and over time has transformed into a media company. With the industry moving so quickly, they couldn’t wait 12-18 months to deliver value to the customers. They needed to ramp up their delivery agility. 

Jill Edmunson, Enterprise Portfolio Management leader at CSG, and her colleague Lesa Phillipsan Agile coach and RTE, sat down with Agile Amped to share some fascinating insights into this Agile journey. CSG’s vision statement “make work visible, connect people to our strategy and driving engagement and excitement” is baked into everything they do. Edmunson and Phillips describe some unique forums they’ve implemented to connect strategy to execution in the form of Shark Tanks, Think Tanks and Do Tanks.  

You’ll also learn more about engaging all levels of the organization through showcases at PI Planning, CSG Café used for agility trainingand how to build connections and partnerships 

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Leslie Morse hosts at the Business Agility Conference in New York City.  

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Get to Market 400% Faster with Lean-Agile Procurement | Business Agility Series

Get to Market 400% Faster with Lean-Agile Procurement | Business Agility Series

April 4, 2019

When it comes to procurement in a Lean-Agile context, according to Mirko Kleiner, "It's not rocket science" – but it does deliver compelling business value. Kleiner wears many hats: a thought leader in Lean-Agile procurement, author, co-founder of Flowdays and the list goes on. Lean Agile Procurement, he says, has some simple tenants that any agilist would recognize:

- Bring everyone together for alignment from legal to procurement to the supplier and the business users to form a cross-functional team.
- Accept uncertainty.
- Empower the team.

The outcomes include a client with a better understanding of what it wants, less re-work or misunderstanding about requirements, and - get this - an average increase of 400% in time-to-market.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Leslie Morse hosts at the 2019 Business Agility Conference in New York City.

Learn more: 

- Lean Agile Procurement Alliance - https://www.lean-agile-procurement.com/ 

- Lean Procurement Canvas – available for free https://www.lean-agile-procurement.com/lean-agile-procurement-approach#lean-procurement-canvas 

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Embedding Agility into Education | Business Agility Series

Embedding Agility into Education | Business Agility Series

March 28, 2019

Jason Gaulden is the Vice President of Partnerships at America Succeeds and co-author of the groundbreaking report, “The Age of Agility: Education Pathways for the Future of Work.” In his work, Gaulden strives to embed agility into the learning process, both in terms of the technical skillset and the lifelong learning mindset that students need “to succeed in the global economy but contribute to their local community.”

The need for this paradigm shift in education is epitomized in the rapid decline of the value of a college degree, which used to serve as a good proxy for proving that you had the knowledge to get ahead. Going forward, we need to address three major obstacles:

  1. Students do not enter the workforce of today with all of the technical skillsets and Agile mindset they need to succeed.
  2. Teachers cannot “relay knowledge they don’t have themselves.”
  3. The education system needs to be more customized to different learning paths and learning journeys.

These problems are reflected in America Succeeds’ three tenets – Agile students, Agile teachers and Agile education systems.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Leslie Morse hosts at the Business Agility Conference in New York City.

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Measuring Business Agility Outcomes

Measuring Business Agility Outcomes

March 21, 2019

Sally Elatta is the president of Agile Transformation, Inc., and founder of AgilityHealth. Elatta shares her story of the growth of her company, what they have on their “culture wall” and the current state of business agility, as well as a taste of the future. The 2018 Business Agility Report revealed that, while team agility and what Elatta calls “team-of-teams agility,” companies are doing really well. But in terms of business agility – particularly as applies to culture, leadership and support functions like HR, finance, marketing and others – the respondents of the 166 organizations who participated in the report collectively rated themselves at the crawl-walk stage. Elatta sees this as a tremendous opportunity for enterprises to strive for more than just Agile transformation, but to reach for business agility. One area that she thinks will see huge shifts and positive changes in the next two or three years? HR.

Some of our favorite quotes from this podcast:
- “Be bold, be real, and lead with love.”
- “Iʻm allergic to negativity.”
- “[As a] young girl from Sudan in Africa, [I] couldn’t have made it in this country if I didn’t believe in the art of the possible.”
- “Gone are the days that large companies are eating small. Today, fast companies are eating slow.”

Accenture | SolutionsIQʻs Skip Angel hosts.

Learn more:

- Read the 2018 Business Agility Report 
- Take the 2019 Business Agility Survey 

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Beyond Scaling and Onto Descaling with XSCALE | Business Agility Series

Beyond Scaling and Onto Descaling with XSCALE | Business Agility Series

March 14, 2019

Peter Merel has an impressive résumé: XP pioneer, author of the original Wikipedia wiki-engine, and founder of XSCALE Alliance.

XSCALE Alliance follows de-scaling practices and values, where the goal is, among other things, to “enable [self-organizing teams] to self-manage and self-direct.” Merel takes us on a thought-provoking stroll through topics like: 

  • Frameworks as pattern languages
  • A “damning statistic” that may have been overlooked in a recent VersionOne’s State of Agile Survey
  • Throughput accounting
  • YAGNI – “You aren’t going to need it”
  • And – most interestingly to us – descaling in a business agility context

“How can we achieve alignment between lots of these little autonomous teams to be able to build something like a self-organizing value stream, or a self-directing portfolio? That’s really our challenge.”

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Adam Mattis hosts.

To find out more about XSCALE Alliance, visit:
xscalealliance.org/

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Getting to Equal: Gender Parity in the Workplace | Women in Agile

Getting to Equal: Gender Parity in the Workplace | Women in Agile

March 7, 2019

In honor of International Women’s Day 2019 and Women’s History Month, today’s episode features a female leader we’re proud to call our own. Neville Poole is a woman of color, wife, mother, and a managing director at Accenture | SolutionsIQ.

She remembers a time when, while working as a bank teller, people would stand in line to wait for her white, male colleague to attend to them. One customer even told her manager, “I'm not comfortable sharing my financials with the black girl.” Neville took it in stride, determined not to let anyone stop her from achieving her dreams.

She says that being a woman of color in the male-dominated industry of finance and technology has not always been easy. “Some people just can't get past their own prejudices,” she says, “and I can't change that.” Hear her advice to other women on how to own your space, develop and share your uniqueness with the world. And her advice to men: Be aware that different dynamics apply for women than men, and when you notice it, have a conversation about it.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Roxi Ozolins hosts.

Accenture, a global firm with more than 450,000 employees, is striving to achieve a gender balanced workforce by 2025 – and by 2020, women will account for 25 percent of managing directors worldwide. Learn more about how we’re #GettingToEqual here: https://www.accenture.com/us-en/about/inclusion-diversity/gender-equality 

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Holacracy: A Complete System for Self-Organization | Business Agility Series

Holacracy: A Complete System for Self-Organization | Business Agility Series

February 28, 2019

Sandy Mamoli is an Agile consultant and coach with a focus on organizational culture and leadership. She is also a former Olympian, an international keynote speaker and author of “Creating Great Teams – How Self-Selection Lets People Excel”. Sandy sat down to explain holacracy, which is a way to create a truly self-organizing organization, and shares examples of the method in action.

This episode of Agile Amped is part of a series in partnership with the Business Agility Institute. businessagility.institute/

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Ryn Melberg hosts.

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Email: Sandy@nomad8.com

Twitter: @smamol

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sandymamoli/

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Continuous Delivery at Oath

Continuous Delivery at Oath

February 21, 2019

James Couball and Ashley Wolf share their experience with a massive Continuous Delivery initiative at Oath Inc. - a division of Verizon composed of Yahoo, AOL, and HuffPost. Thousands of systems not doing CD were involved, which was a great forcing function for implementing best practices for technical excellence. Over the years of using an open source approach and mindset to development, they stumbled on inner source (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inner_source), which applies source principles of code (collaboration, sharing, transparency, etc.) to business practices. Says Wolf, "We didn't try to make inner source, we tried to make better engineering," and inner source helped greatly with that. Couball provides example practices and stories from the trenches, both championing the importance of culture.

Greg Bledsoe hosts at the DevOps Enterprise Summit 2018 in Las Vegas.

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James Couball on Twitter @jcouball

Ashley Wolf on LinkedIn

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The Need for Database Innovation

The Need for Database Innovation

February 14, 2019

For Chief Technology Officer at Datical Robert Reeves, databases (and its administrators) have traditionally been a challenge for DevOps. That needs to change. Reeves shares how cultural, technical, and personal biases have stymied innovation on the database. In his experience, when organizations get to the hard issues like the database, they get disillusioned with DevOps and are tempted to stop on their journey. His advice: Now is the time to tackle these hard problems, don’t wait to be disrupted.

Greg Bledsoe hosts at the DevOps Enterprise Summit 2018 in Las Vegas.

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Website:

Datical.com

Twitter:

@RobertReeves

@Datical

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Change the Norms to Change the Culture

Change the Norms to Change the Culture

February 7, 2019

Jorgen Hesselberg, cofounder of Comparative Agility, and Steven Wolff, partner in Group Emotional Intelligence Partners, sat down with us to talk about their Agile2018 presentation on "Emotional Intelligence as a Performance Multiplier."

Emotional intelligence has a profound affect not just on team dynamics but also on organizational culture. In his research Hesselberg has found that culture is often on the list of factors for team performance - but what is culture? Says Wolff, "When you can affect the rules of behavior - the norms - you can change the patterns of behavior that you see and feel - which is the culture."

Howard Sublett hosts at Agile2018 in San Diego.

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The World Needs a More Feminine Approach | Women in Agile

The World Needs a More Feminine Approach | Women in Agile

January 31, 2019

Our guests Lyssa Adkins and Natalie Warnert sat down to talk about two organizations that are on a mission to give women a voice: Women in Agile and TENWOMENSTRONG.

Women in Agile has grown from its grassroots origins to a non-profit organization with a number of different events and local groups. Their mission is to provide support for more women to build more inclusive conference experiences and provide opportunities to grow in a supportive environment. Read more about our partnership here

TENWOMENSTRONG aims to bring whole-person development and enrichment programs to the Women In Agile community and to encourage women to lead their life with a purpose.

On the assumption that the Agile community is inclusive, Warnert notes: “It comes from your place of privilege: You don’t have to think about the fact that someone is excluded because you’re automatically included.”

Howard Sublett hosts at Agile2018 in San Diego.

How to get involved:

Women in Agile 
Twitter: @NatalieWarnert @womeninagileorg
www.Nataliewarnert.com 
www.Womeninagile.org 
#womeninagile

Ten Women Strong 
www.Tenwomenstrong.net/agile 
www.lyssaadkins.com

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The True Cost of Business Agility Transformation

The True Cost of Business Agility Transformation

January 24, 2019

With the right mindset and practices in place, your organization could be "faster than Facebook." But what does that mean? Furthermore, why do most companies fall short of the real promise of business agility?

Stas Zvinyatskovsky, a Managing Director for Accenture and DevOps thought leader, believes the problem is that most organizations are unwilling to make the necessary organizational changes to achieve business agility - they are not willing to pay the true cost of business agility transformation. Zvinyatskovsky shares some insights on why organizations struggle with business agility, the five transformation types that he has identified, what the true cost of business agility transformation is and how the theory of constraints applies to organizations that only transform IT.

Greg Bledsoe hosts at the DevOps Enterprise Summit 2018 in Las Vegas.

Reach out to our guest on Twitter - @staszv

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Innovation Accounting

Innovation Accounting

January 17, 2019

Joe Vallone, a senior consultant at Scaled Agile and an experienced Agile Coach and Trainer, sits down with us to talk innovation accounting. "All companies want to be innovative, but nobody wants to pay for it." The cost, he reminds us, is steep and measured in time not money. After comparing innovations and heavy investments from the past (Post-WWII and the SR21 Blackbird) and the present (Tesla and self-driving cars), Vallone touches on how innovation accounting fits into SAFe 4.6 and emphasizes the importance of leading indicators over traditional lagging indicators like net-present value, which were invented in a time of homogenous systems where variability was predictable.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Adam Mattis hosts at SAFe Summit 2018 in Washington, D.C.

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Email joe.vallone@scaledagile.com
Twitter twitter.com/joejv

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Transformation in the Federal Government Starts with Contracts

Transformation in the Federal Government Starts with Contracts

January 10, 2019

Transformation in the Federal Government is often thought of as slow and daunting. However, Chris Palmisano and Greg Pfister have noticed a real push from leadership to adopt Agile principles and it’s showing up in an unlikely place: contracts.

“If that contract is not structured in a way that shows clear alignment on Agile principles with the right support from leadership… it becomes very difficult to correct course and really promote those ideas and principles”.

Like most large organizations, the Federal Government struggles with leadership buy-in. But with an aging workforce being replaced by college graduates who are not trained in non-object-oriented programing languages and are not versed, nor care about, “plan-driven models”– things are on the verge of change.

Adam Mattis hosts at the SAFe Summit 2018 in Washington, D.C.

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Greg Pfister LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/pfisterville/
Chris Palmisano LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/chris-palmisano-1a73a01/

Reach our host:
Twitter twitter.com/adammattis13

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Lean Experiments and Design Thinking for Your Backlog

Lean Experiments and Design Thinking for Your Backlog

January 3, 2019

David Bland, founder of Precoil, helps both startup founders and enterprise leaders rapidly find product market fit. He sat down to talk about using Lean experiments with Agile teams, and how to fold in design thinking as a new way to look at your backlog.

When considering what to work on, teams should look at: 
- Desirability – Do people want this? 
- Viability – Should we be working on this? 
- Feasibility – Can we do this?

However, most teams focus on “Can we do this?” and not enough on “Do we want this?” or “Should we work on this?” Bland walks us through what a discovery engine for a team looks like, how to include the customer in your feedback loop, and how to run Lean experiments to reduce uncertainty in your backlog.

Howard Sublett hosts at Agile2018 in San Diego.

Reach our guest:
Email david@precoil.com
Website precoil.com/
Twitter twitter.com/davidjbland

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Making Roadmaps More Agile

Making Roadmaps More Agile

December 27, 2018

“Pragmatic Manager” and author Johanna Rothman sits down to discuss her packed Agile2018 session “Agile and Lean Roadmapping: Incorporating Change at Every Level of Product Planning.” Businesses tend to want to follow a plan even when new information is available. Rothman advises using Minimum Viable Experiments to validate a business hypothesis and letting the results influence plans. To do so, she advocates for delivering on tiny stories (daily, if possible) and using rolling wave planning. She adds, “Resource efficiency is the greatest threat to knowledge work… I really like flow efficiency, where the entire team works together to produce the product."

Howard Sublett hosts at Agile2018 in San Diego.

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“DevOps for the Modern Enterprise” Author Micro Hering

“DevOps for the Modern Enterprise” Author Micro Hering

December 20, 2018

Author of “DevOps for the Modern Enterprise” Mirco Hering is a Managing Director at Accenture leading the Agile & DevOps practice in the APAC region. Hering shares with us the two topics that he didn’t find in other books on DevOps, which motivated him to write his own. He also highlights for us why it’s so important to love learning.  

“The world will continue to change and we need to continue to evolve… If you go to uni these days, it’s not a matter of getting that degree and continuing working in that space for the rest of your life; it’s you learn how to learn and now you need to do that for the rest of your career to continue to evolve.” 

Hering covers the areas of knowledge necessary for success in IT today,  but advises that you don’t need to be an expert in all of them. You need a little bit of knowledge in a lot of areas, and specialization in one.  

Accenture’s Keith Pleas hosts at DevOps Enterprise Summit in Las Vegas.  

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mirco.hering@accenture.com

Purchase "DevOps for the Modern Enterprise": https://itrevolution.com/book/devops_modern_enterprise/ 

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Scaling Continuous Delivery at Walmart

Scaling Continuous Delivery at Walmart

December 13, 2018

Bryan and Dana Finster share their experiences helping deploy Continuous Delivery pipelines at Walmart, drawing inspiration from CALMS.

"One of the challenges [with things like DevSecOps]," Bryan points out, "is people not understanding what they're trying to do with CD. If they understand that, then security and quality is natural, because the CD pipeline is for delivering fixes to production really fast."

Dana also shares, "You can't just tell people about the culture... The phrase I use is 'use the culture to teach the culture'." And she and Bryan both share ideas of how to do just that.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ's Greg Bledsoe hosts at the DevOps Enterprise Summit 2018 in Las Vegas.

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Bryan Finster Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/bryan-finster/

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Incentivizing Change in Your Organization

Incentivizing Change in Your Organization

December 6, 2018

Josh Atwell considers himself somewhat of an “IT therapist” in his role as a technology advocate at Splunk. He informs and enables leaders and practitioners in the techniques and strategies needed for today’s quickly evolving IT landscape. Atwell believes that, in order to implement change, organizations must change the way people are measured. Leaders need to set clear expectations and proper examples from the get go. For example, their style might be to send emails all hours of the night, but they must communicate that they don’t expect the same behavior from their employees.  

Greg Bledsoe hosts at DevOps Enterprise Summit in Las Vegas.  

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- Twitter @josh_atwell 

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“The Agile Marketer” Author Roland Smart | Business Agility Series

“The Agile Marketer” Author Roland Smart | Business Agility Series

November 29, 2018

What makes for an impactful customer experience? How does your brand differentiate itself? If you’re a large enterprise like Oracle, you have people like Roland Smart, author of “The Agile Marketer:  Turning Customer Experience Into Your Competitive Advantage” on staff architecting customer journeys using Agile methods and mindsets.

“It’s my strong belief that Agile will become a competitive advantage for marketers,” says Smart, who is also the VP of Corporate Marketing at Oracle. “It acknowledges the reality that we’re living in an environment today where things are moving too quickly to predict the future. So, no amount of analysis is going to lead to in a one-year marketing plan that is going to be recognizable in six months.”

Your best bet is combining Agile, innovative marketing and the “peak-end rule”: customers tend to average out their feeling about a brand based on their all-time best experience (“peak”) and their last experience (“end”).

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Adam Mattis hosts.

This episode of Agile Amped is part of a series in partnership with the Business Agility Institute. businessagility.institute/

Mentioned in this podcast: 
- Oracle Next podcast - blogs.oracle.com/oraclenext-podcast-v2 
- Peak-end rule en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peak%E2%80%93end_rule 
- Buy The Agile Marketer - www.wiley.com/en-us/The+Agile+Ma…ge-p-9781119223009

DevSecOps & Open Source Security Post-Equifax Breach

DevSecOps & Open Source Security Post-Equifax Breach

November 22, 2018

The major security breach at Equifax in 2017 should have been a wakeup call for many – but how much have dev and security practices changed since to ensure it doesn’t happen again? How vulnerable are the open source components you are using? How quickly can you identify and deploy security fixes?

This was the topic of our discussion with Derek Weeks, the Vice President at Sonatype, to talk about why security should be included in DevOps, the difficultly of compliance for open source usage and what may be in store for organizations that don’t take security seriously.

“If you don’t think you’re consuming a lot of open source, you really have to look at the reality of how software is built today… There are only six million JavaScript developers on the planet and they’re downloading 6 billion components a week.” Weeks offers small changes that developers– pressed for time – can make to make software products safer.

Greg Bledsoe hosts at the DevOps Enterprise Summit in Las Vegas.

Reach out to our guest: 
- Twitter @weekstweets 
- Linkedin www.linkedin.com/in/derekeweeks/ 
- All Day DevOps: www.alldaydevops.com/

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Let’s Stop Making People Feel Stupid

Let’s Stop Making People Feel Stupid

November 15, 2018

Clare Sudbery left the IT industry years ago because she was bored and unmotivated. Fast forward, and now she’s back at it, this time as a passionate lead consultant developer at ThoughtWorks. Why the change?

In her time away, Sudbery learned something during her stint teaching math: much like people divide themselves and others into good or bad at math, she says the IT industry is doing the same to employees and new hires. They’ll say, “Can you believe that so-and-so didn’t know anything about X?” Considering the complexity in the world, Sudbery says, “Yes, I can believe it.”

That's why she champions curiosity and learning today, and leads by example by showing it’s okay to ask questions when she doesn’t know the answer.

“When you meet people who don’t know things that you do know, don’t judge them about it, don’t laugh at them; get excited because that means you get to teach them the thing and you both win.”

Listen to this honest and thought-provoking conversation recorded at Agile 2018 in San Diego with host, Chris Murman.

Reach out to Clare Sudbery 
- Twitter twitter.com/ClareSudbery
- Blog: insimpleterms.blog 
- Medium: medium.com/a-woman-in-technology

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Stack Overflow: “Technology is the Competitive Differentiator Now”

Stack Overflow: “Technology is the Competitive Differentiator Now”

November 8, 2018

Alex Miller is the General Manager for Stack Overflow, a website which has solved more than 10 billion problems for software developers over the last decade. Miller believes it is critical for IT leaders to empower developers to solve technical problems at the source, because they tend to have the best idea of how to solve it.

From the shift in types of questions that Stack Overflow answers, Miller can see that the role of software developers is changing, which reflects the need for IT leaders to also evolve.

“What we see in the data is a reflection of what we see in the industry: The entire concept of what it means to be a software developer is changing.”

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Greg Bledsoe hosts at the DevOps Enterprise Summit in Las Vegas.

For more information, visit:
stackoverflow.com/
stackoverflow.blog/

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Open Source and Agility at Microsoft

Open Source and Agility at Microsoft

November 1, 2018

Sam Guckenheimer is the author of “Software Engineering with Visual Studio” and the Product Owner of Microsoft Visual Studio Cloud Services. He paints a picture of how much Microsoft has changed in the last 15 years or more: where once patent processing was seen as a critical skill for junior engineers, now open source, Agile and DevOps are the foundational to the company culture. Guckenheimer points out that "now Microsoft is the largest contributor to open source on Github," with Google coming in second.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Greg Bledsoe hosts at the DevOps Enterprise Summit 2018 in Las Vegas.

Mentioned in this podcast:
- Software Engineering with Visual Studio www.amazon.com/Agile-Software-En…dio/dp/0321685857 
- Open Innovation Network www.openinventionnetwork.com/
- Microsoft DevOps Resource Center docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/learn/

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Q&A with The Phoenix Project Author Gene Kim

Q&A with The Phoenix Project Author Gene Kim

October 25, 2018

We were excited to sit down with Gene Kim, CTO of IT Revolution and co-author of The Phoenix Project, The DevOps Handbook, and most recently Accelerate. We got to ask Kim some juicy questions including:

  • What role do you play in the DevOps ecosystem?
  • If you could go back in time and do it all over again, what would you do differently and why?
  • How close are we to achieving all of the benefit of DevOps?
  • And (drum roll) what is the functional definition of DevOps?

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Greg Bledsoe hosts at the DevOps Enterprise Summit 2018 in Las Vegas.

Reach Gene Kim on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RealGeneKim 

Find the books mentioned:

The Phoenix Project itrevolution.com/book/the-phoenix-project/ 
DevOps for the Modern Enterprise itrevolution.com/book/devops_modern_enterprise/
Accelerate by itrevolution.com/book/accelerate/
And more on IT Revolution website itrevolution.com/devops-books/

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The Keys to AT&T’s SAFe Transformation

The Keys to AT&T’s SAFe Transformation

October 18, 2018

Candace Kelley is the Director of Enterprise Agile Transformation at AT&T. She has been influencing the adoption of SAFe and Agile practices at AT&T for the last 5 years. Kelley shares her path to becoming an Agile leader within her organization and the keys to scaling Agile.

One of the key factors that has allowed the adoption of Agile at scale has been leadership engagement in the process. When embarking on a new program or portfolio, Kelley brings in the executives for a full day immersion.

“The reality is when you start a conversation with ‘We can deliver products and services faster, cheaper and at a higher quality, are you interested?’ they’re going to say yes. They are willing to come in. They’re setting the example to their team, they’re showing it’s important.”

Adam Mattis hosts at SAFe Summit 2018 in Washington, D.C.

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The Journey to Agility at American Express

The Journey to Agility at American Express

October 11, 2018

Danielle Crop is the VP of Application Experience and Platforms at American Express. She shares her journey helping the 168-year-old financial services giant transition into an Agile organization.

Amex is fundamentally a digital company – they’ve never had brick-and-mortar branches – and have always been customer-centric. Today the challenge they face are the new ways of working within the organization. Some teams, such as marketing, that have traditionally used project management within their own silo, now have visibility into and are dependent on product teams to drive value.

Learn how Amex approaches scaling agility through a center of excellence with deep product understanding and expertise that works closely with both the technology teams and the business. Crop also touches on some of the emerging technology American Express is using such as machine learning and AI.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Adam Mattis hosts at SAFe Summit 2018 in Washington, D.C.

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LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/danielle-crop-b3565b17/

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Twitter twitter.com/adammattis13

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SAFe 4.6 with Dean Leffingwell

SAFe 4.6 with Dean Leffingwell

October 4, 2018

Dean Leffingwell is just a "geek on a mission". Recognized as the one of the world’s foremost authorities on Lean-Agile best practices, his passion has always been improving the craft of software development.

With the release of SAFe 4.6, he hopes to do just that. Leffingwell shares some of the most important updates to the framework including how to address the challenge of moving from a traditional to a Lean|Agile mindset, more guidance on XP, TDD and BDD, and how to scale a scaling framework—think 1000+ PI Planning participants.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Adam Mattis hosts at SAFe Summit 2018 in Washington D.C.

To find out more about SAFe 4.6, visit www.scaledagileframework.com/ and follow Scaled Agile on Twitter twitter.com/ScaledAgile

Reach our host: twitter.com/adammattis13

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Mentoring a New Agile Coach

Mentoring a New Agile Coach

September 27, 2018

Allison Pollard and Noreen Emanuel sat down for a chat with us about their mentor-mentee relationship. As an external Agile coach Pollard was able to act as a “super coach,” and through this symbiotic relationship Emanuel has now become a coach herself at her place of work.

Pollard sees the relationship as a partnership: “For me it’s like I have a new colleague. I have a new person that has different ideas, their brain works differently, and they have all these great skills, so how do we tap into that together?” Hear concrete examples of how these two found common ground and recommendations for how coaches themselves can hone their skills.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Chris Murman hosts at Agile2018.

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Allison Pollard @allison_pollard ‏twitter.com/allison_pollard 
Noreen Emmanuel @sweetnor twitter.com/sweetnor

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Alternative to Top Down Control | Esther Derby

Alternative to Top Down Control | Esther Derby

September 20, 2018

Esther Derby has spent the last twenty-five years helping companies design their environment, culture, and human dynamics for optimum success. She sat down with us to talk about an alternative to top down control: clarity, conditions, and constraints.

Her approach is a response to organizations saying that they want their teams to step into responsibility and to be empowered, but yet the management structure gets in the way of that. She doesn’t advocate just throwing away all the direction, but that we’re going to make a direction by making a compelling goal and attractor, rather than by telling individuals what to do on a day to day basis.

"You give smart people a problem to solve and some constraints so they don’t have to figure out on every single day whether they should use this tool or that tool, and they’ll come up with some really great solutions."

Howard Sublett hosts at Agile2018 in San Diego.

Reach our guest:
esther@estherderby.com

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Why Agile is a Philosophy, Not a Compliance Regime

Why Agile is a Philosophy, Not a Compliance Regime

September 13, 2018

Head of R&D and Work Futurist at Atlassian, Dom Price sees an unsettling trend: a celebration of Agile teams who do all the right things but don’t get any of the value. While Price sees Agile as “a philosophy, a spirit,” he argues that too many large organizations use it as a means to achieve compliance, managers going around with their checklists, saying “We do x, we do y, therefore we’re Agile tech.”

But Agile is a means to real value - faster time to market, more innovative teams, more engaged teams, which are the true signposts for business agility. Price shares his experiences helping Atlassian with their scaling transformation and a challenge for agilists: “It’s ironic for me that people who are Agile practitioners, ones who are saying Agile is all about evolution, aren’t evolving as people. They’re static. They’re using things they learned 17 years ago and they’re deploying it in the exact same way.”

Howard Sublett hosts at Agile2018 in San Diego.

Access the Team Playbook: https://www.atlassian.com/team-playbook?utm_source=teamtour 

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Twitter @domprice twitter.com/domprice

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Building an Agile Culture with Howard Sublett

Building an Agile Culture with Howard Sublett

September 6, 2018

A very familiar voice for the Agile Amped podcast listeners is our special guest for this episode. Howard Sublett, the Director of Community Development at Accenture | SolutionsIQ is moving on to become the Chief Product Owner for the Scrum Alliance.  

Hear about Sublett’s journey in the Agile industry and learn how he helped build the culture we all here at SolutionsIQ cherish. Sublett offers examples of the kinds of activities and tools we’ve implemented to keep our community engaged.  

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Roxi Ozolins hosts.  

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Twitter @howardsublett https://twitter.com/howardsublett  

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What’s the Story with Agile Data?

What’s the Story with Agile Data?

August 30, 2018

Troy Magennis is a consultant to major companies on Agile implementation and portfolio planning, and a seasoned conference speaker. He was a keynote speaker at Agile2018 on the topic of data, which for the first time was approved as a track by the Agile Alliance this year.

Magennis says part of being a good Agile coach is understanding data, although data can be inconvenient because it doesn’t always show what we want it to show. He walks us through the metrics that you really need to capture and why.

“If it doesn’t help you with a decision, or it doesn’t help you observe that something’s going off the rails earlier, it’s a vanity metric.”

Howard Sublett hosts at Agile2018 in San Diego.

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Twitter: @t_magennis twitter.com/t_magennis 
Email: troy.magennis@gmail.com

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“Personal Kanban” Author Jim Benson on the Agile Manifesto

“Personal Kanban” Author Jim Benson on the Agile Manifesto

August 23, 2018

Jim Benson is the author of the global bestseller "Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life" and self-identified "Agile heretic." A strong proponent for the values and principles, collaboration, and teamwork, Benson nonetheless is vocal on social media about ways Agile can approve. An example is when Agile teams don't do any documentation, pointing at the Agile Manifesto: "Individuals and interactions over processes and tools."

Benson contends that people mistakenly turn this into a false dichotomy where the former is good and the latter is bad. But, he says, "You can't have interactions between individuals without process, and our process is facilitated by tools... The process is our social contract about how we are going to interact." He agrees that the Manifesto is good but it was written by "a bunch of guys going skiing" and a few relatively minor tweaks could make it more impactful.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ's Howard Sublett hosts at Agile2018 in San Diego.

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Compassion in Tech and Business | Women in Agile

Compassion in Tech and Business | Women in Agile

August 16, 2018

San Diego based April Wensel is the founder of Compassionate Coding. After a decade in software, she noticed that there was a lot of suffering in the industry. Rather than just assuming that that can't be changed, Wensel decided compassion was the answer. In this podcast, Wensel shares her experiences helping businesses to be more compassionate in not just business matters but also in their own interpersonal conduct. She also gives a useful definition of what compassion is (recognizing suffering and acting to end it) and is not (pity, or just faking niceness). And because all businesses are made up of people, anyone can get started being more compassionate. Individuals can get in touch with their core values and businesses can take a cultural retrospective.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ's Leslie Morse hosts at Agile2018 in San Diego.

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Twitter @aprilwensel
compassionatecoding.com/

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