Xebia Articles

Design Thinking: Get to the Heart of What Your Customer Wants

Posted by Jens Broetzmann on Feb 22, 2019 9:40:55 AM

According to a study on custom-developed applications conducted by The Standish Group in 2014, only 20 percent of features are used “often,” 50 percent are “hardly ever” used, and 30 percent are only used “infrequently.” In other words, if you have a budget of one million to build a custom application, you could immediately save half of it if you knew which features weren’t relevant for your end-users.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Cultivating a Culture for Engineers with Agile

Posted by Serge Beaumont on Feb 12, 2019 3:13:37 PM

Today’s digital age is buzzing with “transformations” and “accelerations” that are driving organizations to new levels of competition and increasing their reliance on IT. Information technology is no longer a secondary, supporting resource; IT has become a primary business USP. In turn, the increasing demand for capable, seasoned engineers has sparked a virtual “war for talent.” The only way to attract and retain the best of the best is to cultivate a culture specifically designed for engineers. Agile can help you do that.

This article is published in AGILE NXT. Agile NXT is a new magazine full of inspiration for professionals on the emerging Agile journey. It challenges you to think differently and improve yourself, your team, and company a little more each day. 


Digital Drivers 
There are four critical ramifications of today’s digital age fueling the war for talent and the increasing demand for engineers: 

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Agile Transformations

Kick-Start Your Agile Team With Design Sprint

Posted by Mohsen Rezai on Feb 7, 2019 2:16:51 PM

Picture this: You’ve defined the product vision with the product owner and determined scope for the upcoming sprints. Your team is all ready to leap onto their backlog and start delivering value. Now imagine all assumptions and ideas have already been verified with real customers. All this, in the first week of your sprint.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Agile Coaches: Why you need the Agile Toolkit?

Posted by Evelien Roos on Feb 7, 2019 11:16:50 AM

Pull coaching

Traditional Agile Coaching goes like this: we take a look at what you are doing and we advise you what we think is a good next step in your growth and Agile Maturity. These next steps are supported by exercises, simulations, insights and experience that come from our own personal Agile Backpack. At my last assignment, we wanted to learn the teams how to become more self-organizing and self-learning, to take initiative in their own growth path so that they really become owners of it. We decided to support the teams by pull coaching instead of push coaching. The Agile Toolkit was created to support this aid.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Engineered Culture: The Unintentional Side Effect of Agile Transformation (and How to Prevent It)

Posted by Ellen Barree on Jan 31, 2019 11:11:48 AM

Organizations that transform into Agile ones need their cultures to reflect their new values. Agile cultures promote flexibility and autonomy. They’re purpose-driven, idealistic, tolerant, open, inventive, explorative, warm, engaged and sincere. But how does an organization transition towards such a culture? Is it possible to create or engineer one? And, if so, what potential side effects should you consider?

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Agile Transformations

Doing DevOps the DASA Way

Posted by Thomas Kruitbosch on Jan 29, 2019 9:55:51 AM

After embracing Agile processes and continuous delivery for application development, many IT departments are now adopting DevOps as a service delivery approach. DevOps is imperative for creating and operating a productive information platform that’s essential for digital business. As the name suggests, IT operations are part of these initiatives.

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery, Agile Transformations

Accelerate Your Transformation With Visualization

Posted by Menno van Eekelen on Jan 18, 2019 11:19:45 AM

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words: Accelerate Your Transformation With Visualization

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Unboxing the CoCreate Agile Scaling Model

Posted by Jarl Meijer on Jan 4, 2019 9:47:33 AM

There are several models on the market that describe how to apply Scrum and Agile in organizations with dozens, even hundreds, of teams. These including the well-known SAFe and LeSS frameworks. This article introduces CoCreate, a model based on Spotify’s “organizational blueprint” that has been applied to two Dutch companies, ING and KPN, that now serve as inspiring examples.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Agility Without Agile

Posted by Theo Gerrits on Dec 11, 2018 1:06:38 PM

Agile is a buzzword these days. Many organizations work to become “Agile” so they can implement “Scrum,” another buzzword. But what is real agility? Here’s the story of a company that exemplifies it, and it doesn’t mention either buzzword once.

Who or What is Hans Boodt?
Hans Boodt Mannequins (founded by its namesake) manufactures high-quality, custom-made, bespoke mannequins for the show floors and windows of the top clothing and sports brands worldwide. The mannequins’ materials, shapes, and postures are unique to each customer - a tall order in the increasingly fast-paced fashion world. A company like Hans Boodt can only operate in this world by being extremely flexible and listening very carefully to what the customer wants.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Shared Leadership: The Product Owner as Mini-CEO

Posted by Jurriaan Bernson on Dec 3, 2018 11:05:30 AM

As organizational structures flatten, the product owner role becomes increasingly important. But what exactly does this role entail? Is just anyone capable (and willing) to become a mini-CEO?

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Topics: Agile Transformations