Xebia Articles

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

Measuring the Value of Business Agility

Posted by Daria Nozhkina on Sep 4, 2019 11:19:07 AM

Today, more than a third of all companies have embarked on some form of Agile transformation. Some are further along than others because their industries require agility to survive. Leaders of these companies face the arduous task of transforming their legacy organizations while still delivering sustainable financial performance to the stakeholders. These leaders need to conduct this transformation correctly — to get it right.

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

Data Science and Coaching: The Yin/Yang of Better Interventions

Posted by Pieter Rijken on Sep 2, 2019 5:15:22 PM

If you’ve ever wondered if Agile coaching is effective or worth the money spent, you’re not alone. Your customers probably do, too. Let’s look at how one manager who grappled with these same questions came to measure the value of coaching and using methods of Data Science to discover which interventions work and
which don’t.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Doing: Diagnosis and Intervention Guide

Posted by Paul Immerzeel on Aug 28, 2019 12:11:56 PM

With 95% of all business processes impacted by human activity, intervention at the right moment can elicit lasting behavioral change—and with it, organizational change.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy