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Determine If Your Change Will Succeed in 3 Easy Steps

Posted by Jens Broetzmann on Jan 11, 2018 4:02:56 PM
How to Use the Change Triangle to Visualize the Probability of Failure or Success

As an agile coach, helping people, teams, and organizations reach their change goals makes me happy. I succeed when they succeed. However, despite my best efforts, sometimes they don’t achieve the desired growth and change goal. Change is hard, especially for complex organizations where multiple teams must work together.  In fact, studies show that 70% of all organizational transformations fail.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Agile Soil

Posted by Maarten Uppelschoten on Apr 21, 2017 1:24:25 PM

“It’s all about the Soil” by Maarten Uppelschoten.

What are most organizations striving for? Most organizations, whatever they do and create, want to do the work “Cheaper, Better and Faster”. They want to become more effective and deliver the best outcome possible. Which basically means they want to change and improve the way they currently do things and want to be able to constantly adapt to ensure the most valuable outcome.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Agile Is Normalizing

Posted by Paul Takken on Apr 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Authors: Paul Takken - Agile Innovation Consultant, Gunther Verheyen - Scrum Caretaker & Daniel Burm - Agile Consultant & practice lead Goal Driven Agile

Now that Agile has reached its full maturity, it's true potential is shining. Twenty-one years after its inception, a third wave of Scrum is rising. Since its introduction in 1995, cutting-edge companies have been ingraining the Agile and Scrum mindset. Looking forward, business leaders are beginning to re-imagine the ways Scrum can be used to improve rhythm, increase focus and simplify processes. Instead of spinning on hamster wheels, tomorrow's future-thinking enterprises want to invest in reflection, improvement, and innovation by balancing the scale, and normalizing Agile.


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Topics: Agile Transformations

4 Training Trends Your Business Should Know

Posted by Xebia Academy on Mar 23, 2017 1:11:40 PM
 
Professional development, as a concept, is nothing new - it makes sense to nurture talent and build your employees’ skill sets. But with the transforming tides of today’s IT world, the ways in which companies approach training are rapidly changing too. For organizations that want to remain flexible, responsive and competitive in today’s continuously fluctuating marketplace, knowledge is not only power; it's a priority.
 
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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery, Agile Software Development, Test Automation & Quality, Cloud Infrastructure, Agile Transformations, Big Data & Data Science, Security

Why Managers should become Servant Leaders

Posted by Enrique Zschuschen on Dec 5, 2016 10:37:08 AM

Part 2 from Blog series: Organizations survive only by disruptive personal leadership

Agile doesn’t work”, I often hear managers saying so convincingly that I could really believe them. But when I listen more carefully, I hear something else. These managers are afraid to lose the privileges they have gained through their experience in managerial roles, not to mention their status and job. In this article, I address why Agile doesn’t work the way it is implemented today by elaborating on the psychology of managers and I explain how managers can optimally balance the ‘servant’ and the ‘leadership’ part in Servant Leadership.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

How passion makes you a better leader

Posted by Enrique Zschuschen on Nov 16, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Part 1 from Blog series Organizations survive only by disruptive personal leadership 

How do organizations survive nowadays in the new digital age? The successful execution of management and leadership, which is essential hereby, has been subject to constant change over the years. We are currently reaching a critical crossover point again, which means that consequently a large portion of the current managers will probably be no longer successful in the near future. In my blog series “Organizations survive only by disruptive personal leadership”, I try to elaborate on the behaviors that made leaders big and important but don’t work anymore. Step by step I try to work towards a solution for this problem from a leadership point of view. Read more about how passion makes you a better leader and how entrepreneurship becomes a central focus within organizations again. Moreover, learn how the ‘Manager’ role herein transitions to ‘Leader’…. And find out why it doesn’t work yet.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Renovate your IT landscape: The First Step Before Going Agile

Posted by Rik Farenhorst on Oct 27, 2016 11:13:32 AM

On my first day as Xebia employee I immediately got involved in a very interesting project for a customer in the financial sector. In hindsight it had almost all ingredients to be a spot-on case for our New IT paradigm. Our audit of the IT department quickly brought to light a perfect storm of ‘impediments’ this organization faced: a depricated technology stack, a silo-based waterfall culture dominated by manual hand-offs, bureaucratic process steps and ivory tower behavior, an average release cycle of multiple months, customers walking away, investors being reluctant to keep investing in the company, and on top of it, an anxious workforce with low morale and only a few experts remaining who are willing and able to reverse a downward trend.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

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