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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

The Power of Play in a Safe (But Not Too Safe) Environment

Posted by Jasper Lamers on Nov 14, 2019 11:09:21 AM

Back in the nineties, I graduated from Radboud University Nijmegen, with a master's degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Instead of traveling to the outskirts of Africa I chose to do my field research in a notorious town at the Costa Brava of Catalonia, Lloret de Mar. In the media, this place was portrayed as a modern version of Sodom and Gomorra in which youngsters went berserk on sex and drugs. My thesis concerned the cultural significance of this happening. How do adolescents really behave? And what does it mean?

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Putting the A of Agile into Architects

Posted by Winfried Scheulderman on Nov 1, 2019 11:51:10 AM

Should we get rid of IT architects, or do we need them more than ever?-There are a lot of connotations when it comes to traditional IT architecture: 

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery, Agile Software Development, Agile Transformations, Agile Software Security

The Efficiency Addiction: Just Say No

Posted by Roel Trienekens on Oct 29, 2019 12:00:07 PM

Do you “run a tight ship?” Does “cutting the bottom line” boost your self-esteem? Are you obsessed with getting “more for less”—or the “maximum outcome for the minimum investment?” If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you might be suffering from a severe case of “efficiency” addiction.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

The Quantifiable Added Value of Scrum

Posted by Serge Beaumont on Oct 24, 2019 9:40:48 AM

An Interview with Jeff Sutherland by Serge Beaumont

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Topics: Agile Transformations

The Secret Key to Performance: Inner Agility

Posted by Mirjam Diependaal on Oct 21, 2019 11:49:54 AM

Organizations strive to optimize their products and services, to perfectly cater to their customers' needs, and surpass expectations when possible. To this end, they set change objectives, tune work processes, and reconfigure the architecture of their organizational structures. And yet, too often the expected impact or change doesn't materialize. Sometimes their performance doesn't improve at all. Why?

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Topics: Agile Transformations

What is AGILE NXT? Measure it!

Posted by Theo Gerrits on Oct 14, 2019 2:45:00 PM

The digitalization of our economy and society has unleashed a storm of transformation.   Rapid technological development has completely changed the way people work. Teams and organizations work increasingly on a global scale. Knowledge and technology are growing exponentially, making multidisciplinary collaborations essential—onsite, via video conferencing, or through virtual spaces. Businesses have been forced to change, rapidly, just to remain competitive. But while Agile companies can deliver products and services faster and smarter, and often at a lower cost, organizations with a long history and complex technological legacy have had a difficult time transitioning. What’s more, the long-established patterns and work habits of the people who work at these companies has also often impeded change. 

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Four Steps to Effective Performance Meetings

Posted by Daniel Burm on Oct 11, 2019 10:38:59 AM

Performance meetings are critical to ensuring that individuals, teams, and departments in Agile organizations realize their ambitions and goals, whether these are outcome-related or concern organizational development. Here’s how to go about them.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

It Takes Two to Do the Agile Tango: Invite Security to the Dancefloor

Posted by Dave van Stein on Oct 4, 2019 11:13:21 AM

In Agile transformations, it's common to start small with a couple of pilot development teams to gain some experience before implementing larger organizational changes. While sensible on the surface, it’s a recipe for disaster because it threatens the entire transformation, as well as the organization’s security.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Agile Software Security