14 February 2019
As leaders, we are constantly bombarded with challenges, to the point where we can be mentally and physically worn down. How often do we put things off, choose to delegate, or even ignore challenges simply because we don't have the energy to push something over the finish line? Here's how one 4th grader reminded me of the importance of perseverance.
19 November 2018
Leading product teams is like parenting - you cultivate and nurture them and then you set them free to work, watching from a distance. From time to time, you step in as a "parental" figure to help guide your team, but take care that you don't do this too often as it can back fire. Your team (or your child) can become too reliant on your guidance through tough decisions, a situation that can often lead to team paralysis and can be detrimental to your product team's velocity. Here's how Chief Essentialist of Continuous Quality, Robert Gormley, learned that stepping away can empower your team to perform at their highest level.
06 November 2018
Do the requirements contain a sufficient level of quality to proceed with subsequent product development activities? Here's how product development teams should answer this question.
24 October 2018
To ensure organizational goals are being met, we must manage both the overall product strategy and product development. For a wider viewpoint, we may need to take a step back and look at the overall business and technology needs to deliver what a business unit is looking for - some call this Portfolio Management. Here is how Portfolio Management fits in today's Agile world.
26 September 2018
As leaders, our days are filled with important tasks, meetings, problem solving, decision-making, and it's easy to forget how valuable participation can be. Here's how 4th graders showed me that "digging in" and getting your hands dirty from time to time can help leaders develop and drive their teams to find practical solutions. The benefits reaped from participating far outweigh the couple hours spent away from your "day job."
28 August 2018
Are all perspectives of the requirements captured in order to achieve consensus and common understanding? Let's discuss the importance of representing all sides.
16 August 2018
Lack of alignment in an organization causes frustration and slows execution to a crawl. Cross business unit teams with dependencies can cause even greater difficulty in alignment to an organization’s objectives and initiatives. Many frameworks assume that Enterprise Agility is simply Kanban or Scrum scaled across the organization with a communication mechanism added for communicating organizational dependencies. While one might agree that work is work no matter the skillset, they would also agree that they wouldn’t dig a hole using a hammer. The same is true of Enterprise Agility versus Delivery Agility. Although the underlying principles may be the same, some of the practices are different. To truly benefit from the Agile mindset, we also need to incorporate principles of Lean.
06 August 2018
Business Agility coupled with Lean practices like DevOps certainly aid in navigating today’s challenges through alignment of an organization’s strategy, people, processes and technologies. However, age-old questions remain irrespective of the chosen development methodology: how do we translate our business objectives into distinct improvements in our technology and products? How do we know we have tracked that information in appropriate detail and organizational scheme without hampering progress?
01 August 2018
It seems that the word ‘agile’ is everywhere. Online articles, business magazines, and training companies are touting agility, as the way to immense profitability, productivity and general success. But is it all it’s purported to be? And if it is, how do we take the theory – developed initially for the software landscape, and implement the principles in business?
30 July 2018
There are certain professions that come with the burden of expectation that you are an expert in everything you do and that you are always on. As I've moved up in my career in IT, especially as a consultant, I've felt that same level of pressure to always be right, have the answers, and know everything. When you're working with 4th graders, it's a great reminder that you don't always have to be "on" to be a leader or expert.
18 July 2018
The term DevOps is a combination of two terms: development (Dev) and operations (Ops). This term was created as way of combining software engineering, operations culture, and practices to unify software development and software operations. As organizations continue to mature in the Agile development world, they will find an increased need for DevOps to sustain their pace.
25 June 2018
As more and more organizations push their teams to work more collaboratively, it can be easy to forget that people see the world differently, are motivated by varying things, and have preferred ways of connecting with others. When you’re working with 4th graders, it’s a great reminder that different is not necessarily bad, and we can all become more emotionally intelligent.
13 February 2018
It’s not unusual for a development team in a “highly regulated environment” to be steered away from agile methodologies and practices because of the perception that they are not a good fit. Preparing to work with auditors in these regulated environments (SOX, CFR, ISO, CMMI, etc.) usually means that an organization relies on well described documentation.
12 January 2018
In order to rapidly adapt to the changes in the workforce and business environment, it is crucial for organizations to create a culture that supports innovation and improvement. Welcome to the age of Knowledge Workers.
20 October 2017
Not all business acquisitions are a nightmare. In this blog, Trissential CEO, Keith Korsi, shares how he knows Trissential made the right decision and what lessons were learned along the way.
27 June 2017
If the smartest humans can be beat by artificial intelligence in one of the most strategic games, when will AI replace millions of humans in less complex jobs?
03 May 2017
Companies hire on resumes and fire on behaviour. What if you could hire on predicted behavior?
14 April 2017
Trissential CEO, Keith Korsi, shares his definition of a sales person, what sales people should be asking themselves, and what their meeting mindset should be. BONUS: Keith’s top three favorite books on professional selling.
08 March 2017
Essentialist™ Steve Fastabend takes a deeper dive on what this had to do with agile, and how to keep the focus on value.