Unlocking Measurability

About 85% of the matter in the Universe is unseen matter. We can only observe it by its gravitational influence. What is the % of unseen work & queues (waiting) in your organisation, and what is the impact on flow efficiency? Flow efficiency = (sum of time that work is being worked on) ÷ (total … Read more

How should I fund agility?

“Our investment funding is tied to detailed upfront business cases and annual project cycles. Its hard to understand what a different funding model might look like in new ways of working”   In our Q1 Business Agility Pulse Survey funding models was one of the Top 10 antipatterns identified by those trying to improve ways … Read more

Business agility pulse check – Q1 2021

Over the course of 3 months starting November 2020, the release date of ‘Sooner Safer Happier, Patterns & Antipatterns for Business Agility’, the authors conducted a pulse check on the state of business agility. At time of writing 230 individuals participated: leaders, practitioners, and lean/agile & enterprise coaches from multiple organisations across Americas, Europe, India … Read more

Slow down in order to “speed up”: Pay continuous attention to Technical Excellence

In 1938 Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer, a curator at the East London museum in South Africa, received a phone call from the local docks. A fisherman had landed a strange-looking fish. He knew that Courtenay-Latimer was always interested in seeing unusual specimens and thought that she might like to come down and view the catch.   Reaching … Read more

Outcome Hypotheses – a Primer

In order to optimize for Better Value Sooner Safer Happier in the context of product development, there needs to be a shift from fixed, big, up-front designed solutions to outcome hypotheses with experimentation. There is a pivot from output to outcomes, from following a fixed plan to maximizing value.  Key considerations: 1: Emergence Product development … Read more

Charity Partnership with TreeSisters for Reforestation and Gender Equality

We are delighted to say that every purchase of ‘Sooner Safer Happier’ will result in reforestation and the empowerment of women, with a particular focus on countries with the lowest scores on IUCN’s gender and environment index. This is via our charity partner, TreeSisters.   Happier in ‘Better Value Sooner Safer Happier‘ includes colleagues, customers, … Read more

Pattern 1.2: Start with Why; Empower the How

In Antipattern 1.2, we saw how a capital “A,” capital “T” Agile Transformation feels to an employee like involuntary, mandatory change being inflicted upon them, whether they like it or not. The capital “A” denotes how they are going to change and the capital “T” denotes that they have to change. Often organizations treat a … Read more

Pattern 1.1: Focus on Outcomes

Focus on the outcomes, on Better Value Sooner Safer Happier, as the goal, not on Agile, Lean, or DevOps as the goal.   In his 1962 book Diffusion of Innovations, sociologist Everett Rogers described how innovation tended to spread first to a small number of Innovators, then reached Early Adopters, was taken up by equal … Read more