Cynefin for Devs

Liz Keogh, lunivore

Every now and then, someone comes up with a new way of looking at the world that becomes the next fashionable thing to do. Every time I’ve seen this, there’s usually a space of time in which a lot of people say, “Meh, it’s irrelevant”, or “Meh, consultants”, or “Meh, they’re only in it for the money.” After a while, things settle down and everyone is used to that new model or concept, and it’s no longer seen as edgy or strange. I’ve seen it with Agile, and Lean Software Development, and BDD, and now it’s the turn of Cynefin and Complexity Thinking.

I’d like to shortcut some of that with Cynefin, because I think it’s kind of cool, I’ve found it useful, and it’s not actually that hard to get your head around once you make the small mindshift. I’m going to share a bit about what I know…

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Scaling Scrum

Ken Schwaber's Blog: Telling It Like It Is

Jeff Sutherland and I have helped hundreds of organizations scale their projects, enable their entire product development, and thread Scrum through their organizations. For sure, none of them were easy, and each had its own unique challenges. Each had its own structure, culture, goals and strategies, challenges, current practices and infrastructure, domains of competence, existing software, and people.

We assert that only a systematic, emergent, managed initiative to scale succeeds. Every initiative to scale is unique. Nobody knows what your organization needs to scale Scrum. And, nobody knows what your organization will look like as you scale.

To get a good feel for what scaling Scrum feels like, I refer you to Eliyahu Goldratt’s “The Goal” (or any of his later books), or Gene Kim and Kevin Behr’s “The Phoenix Project.” You will see the difficulty of teasing through symptoms to root causes, the effort to find solutions, and the…

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Can we introduce real Agile mindset in a large traditional organisation?

The one million dollar question right!? A real answer is probably worth a couple of millions. 🙂

As often before, I’m “encouraged” by friends to explain better some of my statements. This time by Roy van Rijn. You should also visit his blog.

Let’s assume you are working in a multinational and a traditionally structured insurance company. A business request goes through many departments and it takes ages to get them in production. Business does not trust IT anymore and vice versa. This ends up in “sellling NO” or postponing behavior of IT people or creation of complex IT projects. CIO is a 40-year old guy who just bought a second hand Porsche 911 as a result of his midlife crisis. In other words, he is in the mood of trying out something completely different. He heard about Agile thing multiple times already. It seems that everyone is “doing it”, so he…

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