What Does Your Culture Value: People “Efficiency” or Work Throughput?

Johanna Rothman

Resource Efficiency. ” “Each resource has at least two projects so they stay productive and efficient.” ” These managers have created a resource efficiency culture, not a flow efficiency culture, as in the image above. Resource efficiency means we watch each person's effort. In contrast, a flow efficiency culture watches the flow of the work. That's resource efficiency. Back in the flow efficiency series).

Fun Discussion with the Agile Uprising

Johanna Rothman

I had the pleasure of being on the Agile Uprising Podcast: Modern Management Made Easy with Johanna Rothman. How trust, empathy, and creating a safe environment are what allows us to use agile approaches.

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Why Shared Services “Teams” Don’t Work with Agility

Johanna Rothman

One of my clients wants to use shared services “teams” as they start their agile transformation. That's because the managers think resource efficiency works. They don't realize how much more effective flow efficiency is.). ” Don't use an agile approach.

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Why the Popular & Easy Career Ladder Prevents an Agile Culture, Part 1

Johanna Rothman

As I've been speaking about the Modern Management Made Easy books, people ask these questions: We're pretty good with our agile approach. These people tell me their career ladder doesn't work to enhance agility. The career ladder needs to be—dare I say it—agile.

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With Agile Approaches, No Need to “Meet” or “Enforce” Deadlines

Johanna Rothman

He thought agile approaches would work to “meet” and “enforce” deadlines. Even when we use a non-agile approach , schedule variance doesn't make sense. Yes, they read Create Your Successful Agile Project and Practical Ways to Lead an Innovative Organization.).

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Define Agile Behaviors We Want to Reinforce in an Agile Career Ladder, Part 2

Johanna Rothman

I said that when we focus on individual achievements and deliverables, we ignore the agile system of work. Worse, when we reward individual achievements we prevent an agile culture. That's because agile teams learn together as they create the product.

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Agile Strategy Enables Significant Growth

Brimstone Consulting

Agile strategy leads to 220% increase in revenue. As the organization moved forward with acquisitions as outlined in the strategy, Brimstone worked with the organization on integration, building one culture, and identifying operation synergies and efficiencies. CASE STUDY.

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Want Business Agility? Use These Seven Innovation Principles

Johanna Rothman

Flow efficiency at all levels. Let me address a little about business agility and innovation. Business agility allows us to create a culture where we plan to change. Too many people think business agility is about the ability to do more of the same, faster.

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Want Business Agility? Rethink Your Easy Career Ladders, Part 4

Johanna Rothman

You want business agility. The people and teams continue to experiment with agile behaviors. Every team's agile journey is unique. So is each manager's agile journey. If some people aren't sure, they might not be as far along in their agile journey. If you're lucky, your HR department is already thinking in ways I described in the Agile HR series. However, too few of them understand the (agile) behaviors we need to reinforce. Want Business Agility?

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Making Roadmaps More Agile

Johanna Rothman

Last August, back at the Agile 2018 conference, I had a chance to record a podcast with Howard Sublett. We spoke about Making Roadmaps More Agile. I hope you enjoy Making Roadmaps More Agile. The post Making Roadmaps More Agile appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant. MPD product ownership agile agile roadmap flow efficiency leanHoward is a terrific interviewer and a good friend and colleague.

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Reflecting on Agile Thinking with Roy Osherove

Johanna Rothman

Years ago, Roy Osherove interviewed me about project management, agile thinking, hiring, and management. See Johanna Rothman Interview – Agile, a Decade Later. We focused much more on agile issues in this interview. Some links to some of my thinking on: “Scaling” agile. Flow efficiency. Agile program management, the book. The post Reflecting on Agile Thinking with Roy Osherove appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant.

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Where I Think “Agile” is Headed, Part 4: What Does “Agile” Mean?

Johanna Rothman

I started this series asking where “Agile” was headed. (I I didn't like what I saw at the Agile 2019 conference.) This part is about what “Agile” or “agile” means. I understand that people want what they perceive as the value “Agile” will bring them. Let's return to the Manifesto for Agile Software Development , what I call the “Agile Manifesto.” An “agile approach.”

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Where I Think “Agile” is Headed, Part 5: Summary

Johanna Rothman

I started asking if you actually need an agile approach in Part 1 and noted the 4 big problems I see. Part 2 was why we need managers in an agile transformation. Part 4 was about how “Agile” is meaningless and “agile” is an adjective that needs to be applied to something. This post is about what you can do to create an agile culture, regardless of where you are in the organization. How can the managers use agility in their work?

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Agile Approaches Require Management Cultural Change

Johanna Rothman

Ron Jeffries, Matt Barcomb, and several other people wrote an interesting thread about prescriptive and non-prescriptive approaches to team-based agile. If you don’t want to read the entire thread, here is a summary: People often need help with their agile approach. To use Scrum effectively—or any other agile approach—team members need to think themselves about what agile approaches mean to them personally, and as a team.

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How Managers Can Use Flow to Plan to Create More Management Ease and Better Results, Part 3

Johanna Rothman

The idea of resource efficiency instead of flow efficiency pervades management, too. The more transparency the managers have with each other and their bosses, the more likely the senior leadership team will start to realize that managers need to collaborate, to work in flow efficiency.

Faster Management Decisions Can Lead to More Ease and Better Results, Part 4

Johanna Rothman

management MPD agile management agile planning agile roadmap cycle time flow efficiency goal Manage Your Project Portfolio Modern Management Made Easy project portfolio managementIf we want more ease and better results, we need to be able to change when the world changes.

Where I Think “Agile” is Headed, Part 2: Where Does Management Fit?

Johanna Rothman

In Part 1 , I wrote about how “Agile” is not a silver bullet and is not right for every team and every product. This post is about how management fits into agile approaches. Too often, managers think “agile” is for others, specifically teams of people. Team-based “agile” is not enough. If the managers don't change their behaviors, a team cannot sustain any agile approach. Flow Efficiency Changes the Culture.

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When is “Agile Scaling” the Answer?

Johanna Rothman

At the Influential Agile Leader workshop earlier this year, I led a session about scaling and how you might think about it. I asked if any of the teams succeeded at using an agile approach at the team level. I didn't have the words for the ideas of Cost of Delay , nor of flow efficiency. Here are problems I've seen with scaling as an answer, agile approach or otherwise: People on the program can organize themselves under these conditions: The teams understand the domain.

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Where I Think “Agile” is Headed, Part 3: What Is The Recipe, The Right Answer?

Johanna Rothman

I started this series asking where “Agile” was headed. This part is about how people want a recipe, The Answer, for how to get better at “Agile.” ” Before we can address what an answer might be, your need to know your why for an agile approach. Why do you or your organization want to use an agile approach? Let me be clear: What is the business reason (or multiple reasons) for considering an agile approach? Busyness looks efficient.

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Little’s Law for Any Kind of Product Development: How to Learn How Long Your Work Will Take

Johanna Rothman

I'm also a fan of working in flow efficiency , so the team can finish more features faster. See Create Your Successful Agile Project for more details.) In addition, when managers reward flow efficiency, people tend to collaborate more, not just cooperate.

What Lifecycle or Agile Approach Fits Your Context? Part 6, Create Your Agile Approach

Johanna Rothman

I discussed the origins of the agile approaches in Part 5. In this post, I'll discuss how you can create an agile approach that fits your context. Why should you create your own agile approach? You deserve an agile approach that helps you achieve the business outcomes you need.

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See and Resolve Team Dependencies, Part 4: All Component Teams, Complex Product

Johanna Rothman

In Agile and Lean Program Management , I suggested two other views of large products. See Create Feedback Loops (Agile Approaches) for Hardware Products.). And, watch for resource efficiency thinking, not flow efficiency thinking. Integrated System Program.

Sprint-Based Work on Multiple Projects: How an Agile Resource Management Solution Can Assist

Epicflow Blog

Agile has become the most popular methodology in recent years and has proven its efficiency for millions of companies already so nobody has any doubts about it today. The most popular and widely used Agile methodology is Scrum.

What Lifecycle or Agile Approach Fits Your Context? Part 5, Origins of Agile Approaches

Johanna Rothman

The original signatories of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development wanted to solve these specific problems: How can we: Bring more adaptability to software development? If you read these books, you could understand project-based agility. However, many people wanted “the recipe” for agility. And, they wanted to be recognized for their agile accomplishments. Certifications Changed How We Think of Agile Approaches.

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Free Your Agile Team Video Posted (Includes Q&A)

Johanna Rothman

A couple of weeks ago, I delivered the first version of my Free Your Agile Team talk at Agile New England. I spoke about the problem of a framework-first approach to transforming to an agile culture. I based the talk on Create Your Successful Agile Project , but I didn’t stop there.). Successful agile organizations change their culture. Everyone, especially middle managers, focus on flow efficiency and collaboration (the subtitle of the talk).

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Want Business Agility? Use These Seven Innovation Principles

Johanna Rothman

Flow efficiency at all levels. Let me address a little about business agility and innovation. Business agility allows us to create a culture where we plan to change. Too many people think business agility is about the ability to do more of the same, faster. But, if you know your market won't change, and you know your customers won't change, you don't need business agility. Deciding what not to do is often more effective than trying to be efficient.

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Listen to the Agile Uprising Podcast with Me

Johanna Rothman

I had a great time recording with two of the guys from the Agile Uprising Podcast. See Create Your Successful Agile Project with Johanna Rothman. I had an opportunity to rant and rave about many things: agile project managers (no, the term is not an oxymoron). and why managers don’t know enough about flow efficiency. The post Listen to the Agile Uprising Podcast with Me appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant.

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Unfreeze the “Frozen Middle” of Management

Johanna Rothman

I had great fun with Cherie Silas and Alex Kudinov on their podcast, “Keeping Agile Non-Denominational.” You've seen or heard about this problem: Senior leadership says, “Yes we need agility!” ” The teams say, “Yes, we got the agile goodness here!”

Three Ways to Stop Agile Death Marches

Johanna Rothman

You can do this even if each of you is an expert on various areas or different products when you use flow efficiency. See Who's Playing Agile Schedule Games? ). No More Agile Death Marches. Agile approaches are all about collaboration.

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A Common Tool Trap: the Tool Will Help Your Delivery and Planning Problems

Johanna Rothman

I wrote a series about that, starting with Agile Approaches Offer Strategic Advantage; Agile Tools are Tactics, Part 1.). management MPD agile transformation Create Your Successful Agile Project culture feedback flow efficiency interdependencies project management tool

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Podcast with Joe Krebs on Agile.FM

Johanna Rothman

See Agile FM – Johanna Rothman. MPD podcast agile agile management culture flow efficiency integrity management management myth micromanagement Modern Management Made Easy one-on-oneI had a terrific time with Joe Krebs on his podcast.

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Leadership Tip #13: For Innovation, Remove at Least One Policy or Procedure a Week

Johanna Rothman

Now, these same managers want business agility. The more we remove, the more agility or improvement we might see. As the teams used agile approaches, they requested more and more frequent deployments. A lot of the friction we see is anti-agility.

Remote Work: Ways to Think About “Fair” Compensation and Benefits

Johanna Rothman

Up until now, HR wanted to reward an individual's contribution, thinking in terms of resource efficiency. Even if you're not part of an agile team, highly collaborative teams have trouble identifying who contributed what.

Agile Transformation: Possible Organizational Measurements, Part 4

Johanna Rothman

” is one of the questions I see when I work with people going through an agile transformation. Traditional measurements focus on resource efficiency instead of flow efficiency.) Resource efficiency measures don’t measure what the organization delivers or what prevents the organization from delivering. I like to see the questions reflect the why for your organization’s agile transformation. “What should I measure???”

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Use “Typical,” Not “Average” Durations to Manage Risk

Johanna Rothman

MPD project management agile collaboration Create Your Successful Agile Project cycle time estimation flow efficiencyMany managers and teams talk about “average” durations for work. On average, how long does it take a team to finish a certain kind of work?

See and Resolve Team Dependencies, Part 2: One Person Outside the Team

Johanna Rothman

This image, from Agile and Lean Program Management , shows a small-world network. MPD project management collaboration cost of delay Create Your Successful Agile Project culture flow efficiency interdependencies multitasking technical excellenceSmall-World Network.

Move quickly and react to opportunities: Agile strategy and the path to recovery

Brimstone Consulting

important;}”] A conversation on agile strategy and opportunity with Andy Frawley and Bob Weiler. The current environment requires agility and agility, Bob Weiler reminds us, starts with market realities.

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Agile Transformation: See Your System and Culture, Part 3

Johanna Rothman

If you read my scaling agile series , you can see that becoming an agile organization requires seeing your organization as a system with a culture. If you don’t also address the cultural problems of rewards, you won’t continue with your agile transformation. You know why you want the organization to use agile approaches. The system rewards resource efficiency instead of flow efficiency. Do join us at the Influential Agile Leader.

What Lifecycle or Agile Approach Fits Your Context? Part 1, Serial Lifecycles

Johanna Rothman

Are you trying to make an agile framework or approach work? Maybe you've received a mandate to “go agile.” Or, maybe you're trying to fit an agile framework into your current processes—and you've got a mess. What Lifecycle or Agile Approach Fits Your Context?

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See and Resolve Team Dependencies, Part 1: Inside the Team

Johanna Rothman

Instead of treating people as individuals (resource efficiency thinking), what if you looked at the team as a harmonic whole? If your team and organization are willing to go beyond resource efficiency to flow efficiency, you can probably develop your own alternatived/. MPD project management collaboration Create Your Successful Agile Project culture flow efficiency interdependencies multitasking technical excellence