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I Believe I Set a New World Record

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Coming back yesterday from the Rally Agile Success Tour (AST) event in Boston, I picked my car at the Austin-Bergstrom airport from the spot in which I parked it a few days earlier.


Today, flying to a Cutter Consortium consulting gig in Salt Lake City, I found the very same spot at the airport available to me. I am actually fairly certain the spot sort of smiled with familiarity at me. I, of course, returned the smile.


Quite a record, even if I have to say so… is there a message here somewhere?!

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September 20, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Q3 Agile Success Tour: Boston, Seattle, Chicago and London

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Various posts in this blog (click, for example, here, here, and here) brought up noteworthy threads from the Q2 Rally Agile Success Tours events in Santa Clara, Atlanta and Washington, DC. The Rally team and I are gearing up now for the following Q3 Success Tour events:

  • September 17, 2009 in Boston, MA
  • October 1, 2009 in Seattle, WA
  • October 15 in Chicago, IL
  • October 29, 2009 in London, UK

I have started teleconferencing with the panelists in these four cities. It is clear even at this stage of the preparations we will have an eclectic mix of panelists and various intriguing topics that might not have been fully addressed during Q1 and Q2. For example, organizing your reality and Agile can’t be localized are two of the topics that will be discussed in the Boston event.

As I did during Q1 and Q2, I will report here highlights from the events. Stay tuned…

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August 9, 2009 at 5:20 pm

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“What is Our Recipe for Success?!”

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A pattern started to emerge for me as I was listening to various participants in the Rally Agile Success Tour in Santa Clara.  Agile champions these days often operate in the context of aging business designs. Opportunities the Agile champions highlight to utilize Agile for higher productivity, better quality and faster time-to market are often lost amidst a vicious cycle: sooner or later aging business design are accompanied by value outflow; the severity of the value outflow problem consumes most/all executive cycles; consequently, the message about the various ways in which Agile could help turn things around are not heard. It is a sad irony: at the time Agile is needed more than ever, openness and receptivity toward improving operations and attaining competitive advantage through new (software) methods tend to decline. 

Here is a simple question you could ask executives in your company if/when your Agile message does not seem to get heard:

What is our recipe for success?!

The point in posing this question is straightforward: start a dialog aimed at identifying the linkage(s) between the benefits of Agile and the strategy or grand strategy a company is implementing. No matter what business your company is in, chances are software plays a big part in whatever it does. Any business process in your company depends on software. Services your company offers require software in one way or another. Quite a few products your company brings to market are likely to contain embedded software. Compliance requirements your company needs to adhere to inevitably depend on software. These days we all witness pervasive software in the true sense of the term.

The possibility exists that the question “What is our recipe for success?!” might be be misinterpreted as flippant. If you are worried about such misinterpretation, ask your Agile consultant to bring up this question. It is an absolutely appropriate, indeed necessary, question for him/her to pose in the course of designing an effective Agile roll-out. The roll-out itself might (or might not) be focused on R&D. However, the plan for so doing must factor in business circumstances and imperatives. The recipe for success question is part of “deciphering” the business context to enable R&D to be truly aligned with the business.

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June 8, 2009 at 7:38 am