The newest VersionOne 12th Annual State of Agile Report was released on April 9, 2018. Last year I compared the growth of scaling frameworks and methods to each other year over year. (click here to see the report from last year) Continue reading “VersionOne 12th Annual State of Agile Report – Scaling Methods Growth Comparison”
A short story, April 11, 2018, by Marshall Guillory
It was that day again. Powerpoint Commando day. Just like every day on this job. I had never felt more frustrated in my entire career. After all, why did I spend so much of my life educating myself and gaining all of this great business experience and honing my skills if I was going to be reduced to the modus of a PowerPoint clown? That’s what it felt like at least when my VP, a charismatic and gutsy leader, Mike, would call and ask, “Hey do you have those quad charts for the Falcon program updated for the executive review tomorrow?” Continue reading “The Output Trap”
Next in this series of "Agile Community Retrospective"
The labeling and perception problem.
Is this a chicken or a self-contained non-refrigerated organic protein production and preservation system with post-production viable protein value and recyclability?
Is it the baggage and complexity that “Agile” comes with or simply “Business Agility” we are after?
Or perhaps just people who work well together organized into a group with a common mission?
We seem to focus way too much on the value system, the tools, frameworks, et cetera without understanding the overall goal.
April 3, 2018 - by Marshall Guillory
Just read an interesting article. The average Chic-Fil-A unit brings in $4.4M in revenue. The average McDonald’s $2.5M. With many similarities, it begs the question of what is it in Chic-Fil-A’s system that creates almost 2X the amount of value for shareholders for a single unit?
My hypothesis: It is all in the service.
And not just run of the mill fast food drone service like that of McDonald’s. Kind, professional and joyful service with a smile. Above and beyond really, in a consistent manner across all units.
So is Chic-Fil-A in the fast food chicken business or the amazing world-class service business? I’ll let you ponder that.
A correlation to the hypothesis is Popeye’s Famous Fried Chicken units at $1.4M and 20th on the QSR50. More than 3X less than an average Chic-Fil-A volume. Continue reading “Business Outcomes and Measuring the Wrong Things”
April 1, 2018 by Marshall Guillory
I’m going to do a quick retro here for the entire Agile community.
Some of you will not like it.
Some of you will hate it.
We all own it.
You are probably NOT an Agile expert.
It is interesting. This phenomenon of massive growth in “Agile” experts. Hell, I’m one of them. Guilty as charged. I am no expert.
Why? We are all fighting for our piece of the pie eh? I doubt it is purely altruistic motivations if we are being honest here. Some are more selfless than others certainly. Continue reading “Peak Agile: A key problem with us “Agile” change agents”
March 28, 2018 - by Marshall Guillory
Agile is itself a fallacy
“We are ‘Agile’ because we were delivering ‘working software’ every two weeks”
But did we build the right thing? Do the right thing? Was it valuable?
Oops, we forgot to read the details… the values AND the principles are important. Is it a good thing they clarified the value in the #1 principle on the second page?
What about culture? Not so simple as four plus twelve equals Agile? Continue reading “The Agile End Game & the Agile Fallacy”
This infographic from Raconteur is a good summary of cognitive biases. People and hence, organizations bring their bias to work each day. How we as change agents maneuver to help build environments where those people can generate successful outcomes is important. The first step is in understanding behavior and how it is driven by our biases. I find this extremely interesting as I was a psych major for a semester. I also have a very dear friend who is a Forensic Psychologist, Dr. Shawn Roberson, whom I enjoy discussing this “Agile” thing with on occasion. There is much in the field that directly affects our skills as coaches to successfully help people transform.
Ngobi, E. (2018, January 31). Cognitive bias. Retrieved March 26, 2018, from https://www.raconteur.net/infographics/cognitive-bias