Xebia Articles

Yesterday’s Competitive Advantage is Today’s  Industry Standard

Posted by Edwin Oldenbeuving on Dec 5, 2019 9:47:51 AM

To meet the digital demand of the 21st century, an increasing number of companies have chosen the Agile business model. Cloud-native systems, embracing social media, mobile platforms, continuous feedback, the predictive capabilities of (big) data, and other technologies all are extensions of this organizational transformation.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

What Makes a Team a Winning Team?

Posted by Bart Bouwers on Dec 3, 2019 4:07:53 PM

For the last twenty-five years, I’ve enjoyed working with teams to improve them.
I've worked with all kinds of teams, from those that barely make progress to those that turn everything they touch into a success. What sets these teams at opposite ends of the spectrum? What makes a team a winning one?

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Micro-Interventions from a Position of Leadership

Posted by Rik de Groot on Dec 2, 2019 9:19:39 AM

Organizational agility requires a cultural transition. Too often, transformations get stuck in the blueprints of pre-planned waves of change. In large, top-down transition projects, change implementation is mandated across the organization. This method is rarely effective and often merely establishes a limited, temporary effect. The new way of change consists of many micro-interventions from leadership that bring about a mega-change. The micro-interventions are small, powerful, and applicable at any time. These bring about a more effective organization with a culture to match.

This article is published in AGILE NXT. Agile NXT is the magazine full of inspiration for professionals on the emerging Agile journey. Theme of #2: New Insights for Agile Performance Management.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Demo - Moving Towards a Serverless Future

Posted by Mohanish on Nov 29, 2019 4:30:00 PM
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Topics: Digital Strategy

Changing Behavior - Measure First, Change Next

Posted by Just Meddens on Nov 29, 2019 9:54:57 AM

Have you ever gone to the gym in January? If so, you’ve seen just how difficult it is to change behavior. Everyone has a New Year’s resolution to get into better shape or lose those extra holiday season pounds, so at first, the gym is very crowded. But within a few weeks, everyone gives up on trying to change, stops going, and the gym turns quiet again. Why? What does it take to actually change behavior in the long term, and why is it so important in business?

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

The Gentle Way of Change

Posted by Chris Lukassen on Nov 28, 2019 1:44:32 PM

When leading change in an organization, what guides and influences new behavior? What makes it stick? Judo offers a gentle way of approaching change. Based on principles like seiryoku zenyo, which means “maximum efficient use of energy,” it poses questions such as, “What if everyone did just this one thing? Would the rest fall into place?” Change doesn’t happen overnight, but by conducting mini-experiments, and adjusting along the way, great, and lasting change can occur. Here are six levers of influence from the path to the Judo black belt that could make you a better leader in business.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy, Product Management

Measuring Success, Measuring Value: Performance Management in a Scrum World

Posted by Gunther Verheyen on Nov 28, 2019 11:35:14 AM

Scrum drives us toward enacting the first principle of the Agile Manifesto,“Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.” We are invited to look for ways to actually deliver “value.” Although “value” in itself is hard to quantify, we can absolutely measure to improve how we effectively deliver it.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Six Ways of “Being” That Help Professionals Shine

Posted by Katy Andreeva on Nov 22, 2019 10:11:00 AM

You may be at the top of your game today, but with the industry changing so quickly, will your current skill set keep you at the same level a year from now? Embracing Instruqt’s six-point philosophy will empower to keep winning from a new way of “being.” 

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Diamond Agile: Measuring What’s Meaningful

Posted by Frank Verbruggen on Nov 18, 2019 11:42:34 AM

There are many different Agile methods, frameworks, and coaches—and all claim to add value. But how can you know if one is working or not? How can you evaluate its value? If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. So, it’s no wonder that fifty-eight percent of Agile projects don’t succeed.1 Measurements and metrics are at the core of making informed, good decisions. Otherwise, the lack of data forces people into relying on beliefs. The Diamond Agile model provides a comprehensive perspective on agility and a set of meaningful metrics by which to measure it.

This article is published inAGILE NXT. Agile NXT is the magazine full of inspiration for professionals on the emerging Agile journey. Theme of #2: New Insights for Agile Performance Management.

What is Agility?
Some companies quickly react to changing circumstances in the market. They are fast, flexible, and able to create products and services that are exactly what the world desires. This ability is called “agility.”

Increasing agility has a strong, positive, measurable impact on your ability to create great products and services that delight your customers. That is the core tenet of Diamond Agile. It breaks agility down into five facets:

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Multi Products Scrum teams at scale

Posted by Irene de Kok on Nov 14, 2019 3:16:51 PM

Multi Products Scrum teams are in reality observed often. One team serving different stakeholders and customer segments. Both would like to use the same people to work on their improvements.

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Agile Transformations