“You don’t need to fire people and hire new people: you need to create an environment where people can learn” – Jez Humble
How would you describe your typical working week? This was mine: taking a deep breath outside the main entrance Monday morning – “Attack!” and then tumbling out Friday evening.
But after almost two years, my colleague and partner in enterprise battle and I agreed, we could be proud of what we had accomplished.
“Individuals high in grit are able to maintain their determination and motivation over long periods despite experiences with failure and adversity. Their passion and commitment towards the long-term objective is the overriding factor that provides the stamina required to “stay the course” amid challenges and set-backs.”
Most of my posts have played a part in a long story about a web development program, the people in and around it and a crucial overall transformation.
Last week we agreed we are done with the transformation in the sense that we are in a good enough state to switch main focus to new areas. It took two years. While erasing our large, now paid-off, tech debt board I thought about what was really the key to getting to the very pleasant state where we are today. Continue reading
My last post this year will be about technical debt and how to visualise it using Cost of Delay.
Technical debt can be results of your own decisions: shortcuts taken consciously with good intention, customer focus and a clear plan to “go back and fix that later” in mind. Continue reading
In April a colleague and me went to visit our partner in Delhi. Over breakfast in the hotel we reflected on the difference between the restaurant service there compared to Stockholm (this was a normal chain business hotel).
First, there were more people working with service in the restaurant than there were hotel guests having breakfast. Second, most people working in the restaurant had a very specialised responsibility. Finally, people working in the restaurant had time for the extra details: chatting, decorating and… smiling :-). Continue reading
Time for holiday and I started thinking about the past year. A lot has happened and I also learnt a lot so I felt like writing about it. A dear colleague suggested I start a blog, so why not?
I’m into “way of working” and especially how to manage when you have the conservative enterprise-program-expectations on one side and flow-driven product-development teams on the other. I like to believe that we are all customer- and value driven in the same company and it’s all about understanding and continuous improvement together.
So “The Agile PMO” is about the everyday challenges in this area.
I am also curious about different ways of working with process improvement on all levels.