Going Agile: A Story of Organizational Infrastructure Change Management

Posted by Bryan Goswick on 7/13/17 9:02 AM

I was excited for the opportunity to be involved in leading our client’s Infrastructure team in their agile effort, which is what led me to the CST class.  The manager had heard stories of the gains in productivity from teams on the Application Development side of their business' Technology Services, and wanted the same for his team.  Both of us had a foundational understanding of Agile, but we would be the first team on the Infrastructure division side of the house to implement some form of Agile, so while we had plenty of experience to reflect upon from the AppDev side of the business, it quickly became obvious we weren’t really tapped into the cultural change that appears to be happening across the fence.

As part of our preparation I attended the Scrum Alliance Certified Master Training (CST), and having exposure to the agile happening around me, I  can say that understanding Scrum is fairly straightforward.  A Scrum Team consists of a Scrum Master, Product Owner, and the Development Team.  The Product Owner uses a Backlog to collect, prioritize, and manage the team work.  A Sprint is the duration of time, usually 2-4 weeks in length, where the Development Team devotes it’s time to accomplishing the work the team pulls from the Backlog. 

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Scaled for the Enterprise – The Need for Organizational Change and Beyond

Posted by Justin Rowe on 2/8/17 12:01 PM

Last week, I had the privilege of presenting our first webinar of 2017, “Scaling for the Future – Enabling Agile Across the Enterprise”, discussing enterprise agile frameworks to include the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).  Jana Axline, President-elect from PMI Mile Hi, joined me during this webinar and provided her insights into the methodology, its basic principles and values as well as some detail into implementing at the enterprise-level. 

Our audience ranged from PMO leaders all over the country implementing enterprise agile to those who were just curious about the SAFe product altogether.  After the webinar, I had a deep conversation with one of the attendees about his organization going through the pains of growth where multiple teams are creating software-related products, but is having difficulty grasping where and if SAFe could fit within his organization. 

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Scaled for the Enterprise - Expansion of Agile to Drive Better Business Outcomes

Posted by Justin Rowe on 1/17/17 12:00 PM

This past August, I wrote a blog and performed a webinar with our partner, PMI Mile Hi on Embracing Digital Transformation within the Project Portfolio Management environment and quoted from PMI’s “Pulse of the Profession: Capturing the Value of Project Management Through Organizational Agility”.  

This article communicates, “A highly developed culture of agility exists when value is placed on ideals and behaviors such as collaboration, diversity, innovation, communication, creativity, transparency, and inquisitive thinking.”  This month, Jana Axline from PMI Mile Hi and I will be taking the next step in discussing the employment of organizational agility across the enterprise through the introduction of Enterprise Agile Frameworks.

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