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Fostering a Culture of Commitment – Dedicated to achieving Sprint Goals

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 18, 2016 5:21:22 PM / by BrianB posted in Release Orientation, Agile, Agile Organizational Design, Agile Testing, Continuous Business Value Delivery, Scrum

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So, creating a Agile team sounds good on paper, but making this a reality is often harder in most organizations. The hardest part of moving to dedication of team members is first believing that the benefits are worth enduring the pain that often accompanies this move. In the “pre-dedication” way of working, team members would move from team to team as the project heated up in a certain area or when a specific team needed the specialized skills only that team members possessed. These “pre-dedication” team members were also at the whim of the project manager who was bequeathed with the holistic knowledge of the “big picture” and could decide at any given moment that which agile project or which part of which agile project a team member was working that day. So, these team members would spend 25% of their time on Project A, 30% on Project B, 35% on Project C, and 10% on Project D. But, did anyone remember that all this context switching was an enormous drain on that team member and he / she was left with either putting in 25% overtime or being late on at least 3 of these 4 agile projects. As a scrum team member, a lack of dedication can kill your ability to deliver and not to mention your motivation to be at work.

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How does an organization foster a Culture of Commitment?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 12, 2016 4:16:44 PM / by BrianB posted in Release Orientation, Agile, Agile Testing, Lean

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Now that you are hopefully convinced that you want your organization to be steeped in a Culture of Commitment, how do you infuse the CofC in your company’s DNA? The “Culture of Commitment enabling” markers your teams need to strive for are depicted below.

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Q&A with Joe Campbell: On DevOps Part 2:New Tools, Metrics, and Lessons of Continuous Delivery

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 14, 2015 4:54:48 PM / by CarmenB posted in DevOPs, Agile, Agile Organizational Design, Continuous Business Value Delivery

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Welcome to Interview Series! In this Series, we ask questions that you submit through our social media channels to our consulting practice leaders.

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Why is a Culture of Commitment so impactful in an organization?

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 8, 2015 4:04:38 PM / by BrianB posted in Agile, Agile Organizational Design, Continuous Business Value Delivery, Lean

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Having played senior leadership roles in many solutions delivery organizations, we have witnessed both the presence and absence of a Culture of Commitment.

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4 Ways in which the US Insurance Industry is Disrupting Itself

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 7, 2015 4:49:39 PM / by CarmenB posted in Agile, Agile Organizational Design, Continuous Business Value Delivery, Lean

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December 7, 2015 -- Coming off from attending the Insurance Executive Conference last week in New York, I am extremely excited by what I heard regarding where the industry is heading.

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Q&A with Joe Campbell: On DevOps

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 30, 2015 9:58:37 AM / by CarmenB posted in DevOPs, Agile, Agile Testing, Lean, AgiLEAD

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Welcome to our Interview Series! In this Series, we ask questions that you submit through our social media channels to our consulting practice leaders.

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Being lean doesn’t mean being mean

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 19, 2015 10:20:01 AM / by PaulG posted in AgileGPS, Lean startup, Agile, Lean, AgiLEAD

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What does a Culture of Commitment feel like in an organization?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 18, 2015 10:17:40 AM / by BrianB posted in AgileGPS, Agile, Agile Organizational Design, AgiLEAD

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More often, organizations pervert the notion of the Sprint “commitment” with crushing delivery pressure or a lack of a support structure that allows a real commitment culture to take hold. For these environments, you can see the team do a collective “Whatever!” when Sprint Planning ends and everyone is looking for the commitment to the Sprint Goals. The real “commitment” is just to get the Sprint Planning meeting over and done. It is these types of organizations from which the Scrum Guide felt the need to “protect” us by removing any notion of commitment.

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Is your test automation portfolio ready for acceleration? Or will it slow you down?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 16, 2015 4:17:28 PM / by admin posted in DevOPs, Agile, Agile Organizational Design, Continuous Business Value Delivery, AgiLEAD

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Our graduates: Boris Sekulic – AgileTrailblazers

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 2, 2015 10:48:12 AM / by BorisS posted in Agile, Training, Continuous Business Value Delivery

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My name is Boris Sekulic and I’m currently working as a leading UI/UX Developer for AgileTrailblazers®, Washington, DC, USA. I am responsible for all aspects of the presentation layer development, creating simple, modern, and elegantly designed user experiences (UX). Technologies that we use the most are NodeJS, Angular, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, and JQuery. They are integrated into agile environment. This position requires a high level of awareness of new web technologies, constant improvement and learning, outstanding communication skills, and teamwork in an extremely fast pace environment. Before I joined AgileTrailablazers® I had my own online business, worked as an assistant and as a web developer for both the UNESCO Center for Peace and Hood College where I completed my Masters degree in Information Technology.

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