Nov 10, 2016

Agile and Lean Program Primer

People know Johanna Rothman  as the “Pragmatic Manager.” She provides frank advice for your tough problems helping leaders and managers do reasonable things that work. I am a big fan of Johanna's owning three of her books and adding a fourth, Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization. This is a short take on the definition of some terms that came from the interview 

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Nov 9, 2016

Program Management with Agile and Lean

People know Johanna Rothman  as the “Pragmatic Manager.” She provides frank advice for your tough problems helping leaders and managers do reasonable things that work. I am a big fan of Johanna's owning three of her books and adding a fourth, Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization

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Jun 8, 2015

Coaching Agile Software Teams

Troy Tuttle, KCP, is the owner and a principal consultant at KanFlow. He is a practicing Agile software developer and Lean-Agile-Kanban coach to software teams, project managers and executives. He helps software professionals and teams improve through approaches that support better clarity, understanding, and continuous learning. Troy is the founder of the Kansas City Limited WIP Society and is a regular speaker on topics of Lean, Agile, and Kanban.  The foundation for Troy’s knowledge in software development is based on real-world successes and failures with software projects and Lean-Agile.

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Jun 2, 2015

Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience

Jeff Gothelf is a designer, an Agile practitioner with a specific expertise in User Experience culminating in his book Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience. His daytime job is currently as Managing Director in Neo’s New York City office. Previously, Jeff has led teams at TheLadders, Publicis Modem, WebTrends, Fidelity, & AOL.

Inspired by Lean and Agile development theories, Lean UX lets you focus on the actual experience being designed, rather than deliverables. This book shows you how to collaborate closely with other members of the product team, and gather feedback early and often. You’ll learn how to drive the design in short, iterative cycles to assess what works best for the business and the user. Lean UX shows you how to make this change—for the better.

  • Frame a vision of the problem you’re solving and focus your team on the right outcomes
  • Bring the designers’ toolkit to the rest of your product team
  • Share your insights with your team much earlier in the process
  • Create Minimum Viable Products to determine which ideas are valid
  • Incorporate the voice of the customer throughout the project cycle
  • Make your team more productive: combine Lean UX with Agile’s Scrum framework
  • Understand the organizational shifts necessary to integrate Lean UX

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Apr 13, 2015

Taking a Pragmatic Systems Approach to Change

Matt Barcomb, founder of OdBox, has over 18 years of experience as a product development leader that takes a pragmatic, systems approach to change. He partners with organizations to help leadership teams develop and deploy strategy, optimize product management and development, and evolve traditional HR functions into modern talent development practices.

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Dec 14, 2014

Drowning in Work?

Jim Benson’s new work, Why Limit WIP: We are Drowning in Work (MemeMachine Series) (Volume 2), was at the center of our conversation in this podcast. Jim’s company Modus Cooperandi combines Lean principles with Agile methodologies from software design, and the communications revolutions of social media, as a process and tool infrastructure. Jim is best known for his seminal work, Personal Kanban. He is @ourfounder on Twitter.

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Jul 1, 2014

What It Means To Be Customer Centric

Find out if you meet the criteria that successful customer-centric companies set. In this podcast, we explore this term and find out what it really means to be Customer Centric.  Author Bob Thompson, an international authority on customer-centric business management who has researched and shaped leading industry trends since 1998. Bob is founder and CEO of CustomerThink Corporation which includes being editor-in-chief of CustomerThink.com, the world's largest online community dedicated to helping business leaders develop and implement customer-centric business strategies.

Bob’s new book,Hooked On Customers: The Five Habits of Legendary Customer-Centric Companies takes a fresh look at customer-centric business management, exploring what Bob Thompson has identified as the five key organizational habits that enable any company to execute its business strategy more effectively and, ultimately, to outperform its competitors.

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Nov 4, 2013

Using Kanban, Kotter & Lean Startup Thinking

I just purchased The Lean Change Method by @thomasjeffrey #leanchange is the suggested tweet for this book. Help Jeff Anderson spread the word about this book on Twitter!

Managing Agile Organizational Transformation: Learn how to manage agile adoption initiatives using the Lean Change method. The Lean Change method extends the Kotter change management lifecycle with high feedback, iterative planning practices based on validated learning and other techniques taken from Lean Startup.

These were the techniques discussed in the podcast with Jeff Anderson, the catalyst behind the Lean Change Method. More information is available about the Lean Change Method at http://agileconsulting.blogspot.com/.  Jeff leads the Deloitte Lean market offering, providing advisory, transformation, and change management services to software technology based organizations, helping them transform through the use of agile and lean methods.

Lean Engagement Team (More Info): The ability to share and create knowledge with your customer is the strongest marketing tool possible.

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Oct 9, 2013

Improving Interactions through the Lean Value Chain

Making products fly involves more than just the development team. So how do we involve, interact and improve with the non software parts of the value chain? Let Mattias Skarin walk through lean techniques and thinking that helps drive improvements across organizational borders.  Mattius is one of thought leaders of the Kanban Movement and is speaking at the upcoming Lean Kanban Central Europe Conference (It is in Hamburg, Germany, Nov 4-5, 2013). He is speaking about: Improving the full value chain & Visualization – What‘s my brain got to do with it? (Lightning Talk)

Mattias Skarin works as a Lean and Kanban coach, building systems that enables you to cut time to market and improve quality. He has helped several software teams deliver with confidence, scaled Scrum over multiple teams (cutting game cycle time from 24 months to 4) and improved life at operations using Kanban. He is an author of the book, Kanban and Scrum – making the most of both, and regularly train and coach in Lean, Kanban and TDD. He blogs on http://blog.crisp.se/mattiasskarin and the blog has one of the best set of sample Kanban boards on the planet.

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Oct 5, 2013

Kanban Thinking

Markus Andrezak has been active in different contexts as Product and Development Manager for high traffic and high revenue web sites. During the last years his main focus has been transitions towards Lean and Kanban product management and development practices across his portfolio. With Arne Roock, he co-authored ‘Replenishment’, a free eBook on Kanban. His Blog: Portagile and Twitter: @markusandrezak. You can find more information at his company website: http://ueberproduct.de/en/.

Markus is one of thought leaders of the Kanban Movement and is  speaking at the upcoming Lean Kanban Central Europe Conference (It is in Hamburg, Germany, Nov 4-5, 2013) about Boundaries of Kanban – Disruptive Innovation

A written excerpt  from our conversation was posted last week, Boundaries of Kanban in Sales and Marketing.

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Mar 25, 2013

Should your Processes be cast in Stone

Beyond Agile: Tales of Continuous Improvement is the latest publication of Modus Cooperandi. Co-author Maritza van den Heuvel is my guest on the podcast. Beyond Agile examines 10 companies, mostly in the tech world, but also in innovative automotive and business consulting, that have actively evolved their processes. Using tools from Lean, Agile and other schools of management thought, these companies have actively engaged in continuous improvement. Beyond Agile other authors are Jim Benson and Joanne Ho.

Maritza.jpgMaritza is also the author of the Becoming an Agile Family blog where she writes about the ways her family uses Personal Kanban to navigate work and life. You can also find Maritza on Twitter (@maritzavdh). Maritiza also appeared in another Business901 Podcast,  Becoming an Agile Family thru Kanban. A written excerpt of the blog appeared last week, Life does not stand still Work does not stand still.

About Maritza van den Heuvel: Maritza spent six years doing research in computational linguistics after completing a Postgraduate degree in Linguistics. She eventually left academia for the software industry where she cut her teeth on Agile and Scrum as a Scrum Master and Product Owner, helping teams to evolve from waterfall to Scrum. Along the way, her unquenchable thirst for knowledge led her to Kanban and Lean systems thinking. Since then, she has become a passionate proponent of the power of constraints and visual controls to transform the world of work in the 21st century. She is currently with Pearson Southern Africa, where she’s applying her background to leading innovation in technology-enabled education.

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Jan 21, 2013

Spanning the Globe for Team Success

Leading Effective Virtual Teams: Overcoming Time and Distance to Achieve Exceptional Results is Nancy Settle-Murphy new book. She draws from more than two decades of experience in facilitating the work of global teams working across time zones, locations and cultures. Nancy’s company is Guided Insights and can be found on twitter @nsettlemurphy.

A written excerpt of the podcast is at Is Trust the Key Component in Virtual Teams? LVTBC.jpg

Guided Insights is a facilitation, training and strategic communications consulting firm based in Boxborough, Massachusetts. Founded in 1994 by Nancy Settle-Murphy, the company comprises a team of seasoned facilitators, organizational development consultants, communications professionals and trainers. They draw from each other’s knowledge and experience to provide a creative, high-quality, cost-effective solution that reflects the clients’ unique environment. Facilitating complex conversations and strengthening connections across virtual teams that span cultures and time zones are special areas of focus.

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