Xebia Articles

Accelerating Agile Adoption with Serious Gaming

Posted by Rik de Groot & Marianne Pot on May 31, 2021 3:14:57 PM
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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Pitfalls of Lean Portfolio Management

Posted by Theo Gerrits on May 3, 2021 4:07:19 PM

Strictly following SAFe practices as precisely as possible will not give the desired improvement results. Unfortunately, 'by the book' does not exist in complex systems or implementations. Every organization is different, and we do not take organization specifics like culture or values into account; SAFe will fail to provide benefits. In other words: "context matters."


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Topics: Agile Transformations

SAFe and (Lean) Portfolio Management

Posted by Theo Gerrits on May 3, 2021 4:03:23 PM

The Agile Scaled Framework (SAFe) is one of the few scaled Lean and Agile frameworks that explicitly includes Portfolio Management. But, what does Portfolio Management actually entail?

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Authority in Digital Transformations

Posted by Vivian Andringa on Apr 28, 2021 11:33:23 AM

Authority. That's Xebia's mission. In other words: aiming to be a thought leader in all domains of digital transformation and a frontrunner in specific fields. That is deeply embedded in our consultants' DNA, according to Andrew de la Haije and Ellis de Haan.

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery, Software Development, Cloud Infrastructures, Agile Transformations, Security, Quality Software Delivery, Product Management, Cloud Transformation

SAFe is not working, now what?

Posted by Serge Beaumont on Apr 26, 2021 11:52:40 AM

The most well-known benefits of SAFe, Scaled Agile Framework, are increased efficiency, improved collaboration, reduced time-to-market, and greater customer value. But, what if you have implemented SAFe and are not seeing these results? Serge Beaumont, Principal Agile Consultant & Trainer at Xebia, shares what often goes wrong and how to turn the tide. 

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Digitalization in the Construction Industry

Posted by Michael Maurer on Apr 13, 2021 12:11:08 PM

Witteveen+Bos is an engineering and consultancy firm with 22 offices in 11 countries. Its global team of over 1,200 engineers is responsible for completing an average of 4,000 projects in infrastructure, water, the environment, and construction yearly. Witteveen+Bos aims to create sustainable solutions, maximum client value, and opportunities for its workforce's ongoing development.

An interview with Otto Schepers, Manager Digital Acceleration & Support Lead at Witteveen+Bos, conducted by Michael Maurer, Principal Digital Data Consultant at Xebia.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Serious Gaming – Want to Step up Your Serious Gaming?

Posted by Rik de Groot & Marianne Pot on Mar 30, 2021 4:30:43 PM

Serious Gaming is increasingly used to train teams and to develop effective leadership in organizations. What benefits does this bring over traditional training in terms of knowledge, skills, and attitude? Where can you best apply Serious Gaming in your organization, and when would it be better to opt for traditional training? It is clear that our learning needs are changing. We want it to be faster, it has to be fun and different, and more impactful. What’s more, we want to challenge people and invite them to think and work out of the box from time to time. 

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Structuring Agile; paradox or silver lining?

Posted by Thijs Wesselink on Mar 16, 2021 10:23:02 AM

Let's start with a hard and inconvenient truth: transforming your business is a highly complex undertaking with social, organizational, and technological factors at play. Many (research McKinsey 70%) organizations fail to deliver on their transformation's promises.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Create Sustainable Growth by Investing in the Workforce of the Future

Posted by Riët Broekhuizen & Marianne Pot on Mar 16, 2021 10:22:22 AM

How to Be Ready for the Future? Invest in Sustainable Growth. Invest in the Workforce of the Future.

Ask CHROs how much time and money they spent on finding the right person for a job - they will admit it's quite a lot. A large part of HR's budget will go towards recruiting and onboarding people to introduce new skills and competencies. But what about developing the capabilities of your current team? Why is that option so frequently overlooked?

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

The Data Native Organization

Posted by Daniel Burm & Michael Maurer on Mar 16, 2021 10:21:35 AM

Data is the new gold, and becoming a data-driven company is at the top of many companies' change calendars. However, transforming your business proves to be challenging. It requires great alignment across many layers and effective collaboration between Business, IT, and Data Science.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy