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The Power of Agile Digital Policy

The Power of Agile Digital Policy

August 22, 2019

Author Kristina Podnar helps businesses get smarter, better and faster at creating digital policies and practices that unlock opportunity, liberate employees and increase the bottom line. While many people are intimidated by the word “policy,” Podnar encourages us to think of them as guardrails – “short statements that reflects the organization’s values … so we can create freedom, innovation and creativity.”

Her book “The Power of Digital Policy” is actually a handbook that provides specific ways for people and businesses to balance risk with opportunity. And the best thing is it doesn’t have to be a long and grueling process. With her Agile approach, you can go from zero to done in 5 days.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Leslie Morse hosts at Agile2019 in Washington, D.C.

Learn more at ThePowerOfDigitalPolicy.com

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Expanding Agile to Hiring and Beyond

Expanding Agile to Hiring and Beyond

August 15, 2019

Robert Woods, Founder of MindOverProcess, has found that one of the places we should start when bringing Agile change to the entire organization is revising corporate hiring practices.

Woods shares insights about how to improve hiring strategies to onboard the right people who are engaged and more likely to stay. He warns that if you do not have a good onboarding process, “within the first 45 days you could lose up to 20% of your new hires.” This has a large impact on building the persistent high-preforming teams needed to implement lasting change.

Woods also believes that we can experience larger cultural change by starting with “small conscientious adjustments over time” and to be prepared for the long-haul: “like a lifestyle change, cultural changes often take 3-5 years within a company… we don’t want to get into the position where we think a few structural changes are going to make everything all better.”

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Chris Murman hosts at Agile2019 in Washington, D.C.

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Hyperfocus: Be More Productive in a World of Distraction

Hyperfocus: Be More Productive in a World of Distraction

August 8, 2019

Self-described productivity geek Chris Bailey is the author of “Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction”, and his passion and research into productivity resonates with agilists: we are all working to improve how we work and live.

Bailey’s message – bolstered by many statistics – is simple and profound: “The state of our attention reflects the state of our lives.”

He offers practical advice for improving productivity at work while also invoking the deeper yearning that each of us feels to get more out of life in our relationships with others and with ourselves. Mindfulness and meditation are in the mix because, as Bailey puts it, “For every minute you meditate, you get ten minutes back, because you notice that your mind has veered off track.”

Favorite quotes:
* “On average, we only work on one thing for 40 seconds before we switch to doing something else.”
* “We can do almost anything for a minute besides focus… Your mind will resist even that one minute…”
* “We’re the most creative when we have the least energy, because our minds are less inhibited.”

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Leslie Morse hosts at Agile2019 in Washington, D.C.

Find the book:https://alifeofproductivity.com/hyperfocus/

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The Invisible Brand: Hidden Influence of Marketing Powered by AI

The Invisible Brand: Hidden Influence of Marketing Powered by AI

August 1, 2019

William Ammerman’s background as an advertising executive, coupled with his post-graduate work in artificial intelligence, gives him a unique perspective on the subject of marketing in the age of AI. He is the author of “The Invisible Brand: Marketing in the Age of Automation, Big Data, and Machine Learning”. 

Ammerman wants to make people aware of the potential consequences of our constant connectivity and the emotional relationships we are now beginning to form with machines, and their influence over us.  

“An AI agent programmed with the science of persuasion, armed with the details of our personality and behavior profiles, and equipped with mass customization, will be able to learn how to sway our decisions and actions.” 

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Hanna Gnann hosts.  

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How Scaled Agile Uses SAFe to Run Itself

How Scaled Agile Uses SAFe to Run Itself

July 25, 2019

Michael Stump, SAFe fellow and VP of Global Partner Programs at Scaled Agile, advises that agile implementations are not a one-size-fits-all approach. It involves some thinking, and not a copy-paste system. He advocates for experiential learning, making mistakes and using that wisdom as guidance to do better, learning how to apply agile to different situations.

He says, “Creating alignment, creating transparency and having those tough discussions and session points…is really powerful”. Stump subscribes to the belief that you can run the whole company using SAFe as the operating model. He discusses the effect of change management and using that as a platform to learn.

“Organizations are not aligned on the goal”, he says. Then how do you achieve the goal? Getting buy-in from management, together with support and the commitment to be successful. Mistakes are happening either way, to get to the other side, you have to go through it.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Scott Frost hosts at the European SAFe Summit in The Hague, Netherlands.

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How to Hire a CEO | Business Agility Series

How to Hire a CEO | Business Agility Series

July 18, 2019

Businesses have the long-established expectations of how people should work in development teams, but few know how to hire the right people. This is even more difficult when hiring new leadership to helm an Agile business. Geof Ellingham, Chair of the Agile Business Consortium, speaks with us about a refined, more collaborative approach to hiring business leaders. According to Ellingham, a change is required when hiring a CEO and implementing a co-creative process, removing the antiquated power dynamic, and introducing recruitment that is more genuine.

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

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From Projects to Products

From Projects to Products

July 11, 2019

Imagine a world where the same approaches that successful startups follow also worked for Fortune 500 companies. With the right organizational structures, it can be a dream come true.

However, IT organizations tend to think that innovation is one install away and the path is littered with failed agile transformations. Changing from a project- to a product-centric approach may address some the major obstacles preventing the nimble startup-like success larger enterprises crave.

Join us as we speak with Dr. Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop and author of “Project to Product: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption with the Flow Framework”, as he talks with us about a critical disconnect between business leaders and technologists and how enabling a shift from project to product can make all the difference.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Skip Angel Hosts

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Next Level PI Planning

Next Level PI Planning

July 4, 2019

Shane Harrison, business focused change agent specializing in enterprise-level digital Lean Agile transformations, takes PI planning to the next level. Harrison offers tips and tricks on how to execute with a higher success rate.

He advocates for aligning PI objectives with solid plans; socialization is only successful when the teams understand the context and vision of the plan. He says, “I’m always looking for the teams to get into a state of flow…any interruption to the team disrupts the flow.”

For leadership guests at PI planning, Harrison recommends an “eyes open, ears open, mouth shut” approach – an observation exercise rather than interaction with the teams. 

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Scott Frost hosts at the European SAFe Summit: The Hague, Netherlands.

Privilege is Power Given to You | Women in Agile

Privilege is Power Given to You | Women in Agile

June 27, 2019

Brendon Hernandez remembers clearly when he realized his privilege of being a male, of being treated preferentially over the strong and capable women in his life. An Agile coach in business agility transformations today at Accenture | SolutionsIQ, Hernandez is a passionate ally for diversity and inclusion because of his personal experience.

"As a gay male, I rely on heterosexual women to be an ally in the LGBT space, and in return I am an ally to women, because I have the privilege of being male."

In this episode, our own Leslie Morse guides the discussion through hard topics like privilege and guilt as well as diversity, inclusion and allyship.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Leslie Morse hosts.

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Techonomy CEO on the Impact of Technology on Business and Society

Techonomy CEO on the Impact of Technology on Business and Society

June 20, 2019

In a world of fake news, where automation is threatening jobs, Josh Kampel remains a techno-optimist. In this episode, the CEO of Techonomy Media shares his views on how organizations can get more value out of technological innovations and disruptions by taking time to understand deeply what they stand for as a company, and what value they provide to their customers and the world at large. Because legacy technological baggage isn’t the only thing keeping big organizations from reaping the benefits of new tech: “It’s [also] culture, people, it’s real estate, it’s infrastructure…”

Kampel shares his views on the successes, struggles, failures and opportunities that companies face today and compare them to what other companies have experienced in the past. Kampel insists that CEOs cannot be the only ones leading the charge to transform organizations: the board needs to get involved, as well as the people who work in the organization and are the living breathing representations of that company’s culture.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Global Managing Director of Innovation Max Furmanov hosts.

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This Transformation Is Not Your Baby | Business Agility Series

This Transformation Is Not Your Baby | Business Agility Series

June 13, 2019

Agile Transformation is a collective effort requiring much work and dedication from all levels of the business. It’s no wonder that some people become very attached to it, whether it’s a VP, a coach, a manager, or team member. Carlo Bucciarelli, senior manager at Accenture, reminds us that “this transformation is not your baby.”

Further, he says leaders fall into the trap of forcing top-down changes on their reports, which can create resentment in individuals and team. Because the transformation belongs to everyone in the organization – as well as the trainers, coaches, and consultants providing guidance along the way – empathy, inclusion, a powerful guiding coalition, and tons of humility are all necessary on the path to success.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Henrik Gruber hosts at the Business Agility Conference in Vienna, Austria.

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The Ultimate Metric: Identifying the Right Problems to Solve

The Ultimate Metric: Identifying the Right Problems to Solve

June 6, 2019

Identifying the biggest pain points in your team can make all the difference in your organization. Janelle Klein, author of “Idea Flow,” discusses how to measure friction to connect managers and engineers using what she calls “the ultimate metric”: the frequency and duration of WTFs.

Klein speaks about the importance of understanding and predictability to create alignment, taking into consideration the human factors in software development. “The hard part really isn’t solving the problems,” she reminds, “it’s identifying the right problems to solve.” This enables managers and engineers to translate the friction experienced during development into explicit risk models for more effective decision-making.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Stas Zvinyatskovsky hosts at Deliver Agile Conference, Nashville

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3 Key Capabilities for Agile Leaders | Business Agility Series

3 Key Capabilities for Agile Leaders | Business Agility Series

May 30, 2019

Clarity of purpose, control without controlling, and designing for flow – these are three capabilities that are essential for Agile leaders to possess, according to Agile trainer and coach, Phil Abernathy. “Empowered teams are more dangerous if there is no clarity…[and are] nothing more than powerful horses pulling in different directions,” says Abernathy. The difference between good companies and great companies is discipline – they are not chaotic. Complex structures will always result in complex processes and inefficient controls because leaders believe in the biggest lie – that multitasking is efficient and effective. The idea is to work on one or two things at the same time, maximum.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Henrik Gruber hosts at the Business Agility Conference in Vienna, Austria.

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Exploring Paired Leadership at Scrum Alliance with Howard Sublett

Exploring Paired Leadership at Scrum Alliance with Howard Sublett

May 23, 2019

“In this Agile space,” says a familiar voice, “we’ve been talking for years about pair programming and pair coaching; basically, this is pair leadership.” The voice belongs to former long-time host of Agile Amped, Howard Sublett, who left his position as Community Lead at Accenture | SolutionsIQ to become the first ever Chief Product Owner of the Scrum Alliance. In this episode, Sublett talks about his experience sharing the responsibility of leading the Scrum Alliance with Chief Scrum Master Melissa Boggs.

“We have a shared responsibility to lead the organization. Neither can be successful without the other.” Sublett and Boggs are “legally co-CEOs” for the non-profit organization so familiar to agilists around the world. The pair is out to experiment and lead in ways never before seen. “Yes, we’re going to make some mistakes but by God we don’t want to make brand new mistakes; we want to make mistakes that no one else have ever made before, because we had the courage to try.” Howard shares his perspective of the future for the Scrum Gathering, including the many global events they are sponsoring.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Roxi Ozolins reprises her role as host on this special episode, after recording “Building an Agile Culture” with Sublett at the beginning of his tenure at the Scrum Alliance.

Learn more:
1. Scrum Alliance (www.scrumalliance.org)
2. Scrum Gathering Austin (events.scrumalliance.org/austin-2019)

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.

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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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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

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@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/

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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.

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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.  

Reach out to our guest:
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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