Agile Adoption Begins in the Boardroom

Agile transformation programs today need to begin in the boardroom. This is because the barriers to the success of Agile implementations are the corporate controls that have been implemented and used for years to evaluate, approve, fund, monitor and deploy projects using Waterfall methodology. “Why are we not using Waterfall?” This question always arises out […]

Change is Hard: The Right Partner, Process and People are Here to Help

Your Comfort Zone “Get comfortable being uncomfortable.” This quote about uncertainty could be a powerful motivator. Why? Because as human beings, we tend to feel comfortable when we are in control. But the reality is, if we are pushing our business, our processes and our people forward, we cannot control everything….and that is OK! We […]

The Agility Bubble

Mainstream IT is under a great burden – to lower operational costs and unleash agility. These oil-and-water, conflicting objectives are at the core of the lead­ership churn occurring behind the walls of today’s most trusted institutions. CXOs are freaking out. The heavy weight of technical debt and fast-moving competitive waters leave little room for classic […]

Are Full Stack Teams an IT Utopia?

Over the years, there have been numerous articles about full stack development and full stack engineers. The conversation has been relevant primarily to soft­ware development activities (specifically web development), and less so to other efforts. Opinions on this topic range wildly between the need for deep specializa­tion in a specific area or two, versus taking […]

Agile Practices in Fixed-Price Contracts

In fixed-price contracts, the payment amount does not depend on the resources used or time expended. This type of contract is usually preferred by clients, since they think it puts all the risk on the vendor’s side. In reality, such a contract may involve issues for both client and vendor. Agile practices such as Scrum […]