Agile Performance Improvement by Bob Winter

By Bob Winter

Agile functionality development demonstrates the mutual merits that accrue to the worlds of functionality consulting and agile software program improvement whilst the values and ideas of either are mixed synergistically lower than the assistance of practitioners expert in either. The agile functionality development version blends the rules of human functionality know-how with the frameworks and practices of Agile. the result's an method that maximizes the worth of interactions one of the advisor, the paintings workforce, and the client. not like conventional end-to-end waterfall techniques, agile functionality development provides worth always and in small increments, relentlessly targeting results of worth to the client. construction on constructions of Agile which are utilized in software program improvement, reminiscent of Scrum, the agile functionality development version considers the human component to holistic options in developing a continual move of value.

Bob iciness, a functionality advisor, was once the product proprietor for the company schooling scrum aiding an agile transition initiative for hundreds of thousands of engineering groups. From this cross-disciplinary event, he chanced on that the 2 cultures, languages, and methodologies of functionality consulting and agile software program improvement are—far from being incongruent, incompatible, or inappropriate to every other—in truth ideal to counterpoint and aid one another. Being agile improves the effectiveness of the functionality advisor, and utilising the teachings of human functionality expertise improves the effectiveness of software program improvement teams.

In Agile functionality development, iciness teaches functionality experts the way to observe agile ideas, values, and strategies usefully to the projects of optimizing human functionality in parts of perform not just adjacent but in addition well past the world of software program and IT engineering, resembling company studying strategies, human assets structures, and non-software items. Conversely, he exhibits engineering groups immersed in an agile setting find out how to improve their functionality utilizing the rules and strategies taught and cultivated via functionality experts. the writer, who has labored widely on each side of the conventional divide, recounts entertainingly yet informatively how either sparks and fur can fly whilst geeks stumble upon humans people.

What you’ll learn

After studying this e-book, enterprise executives, group contributors, agile practitioners, and function consulting practitioners might be capable of do the following:

observe agile engineering practices to the layout and improvement of studying strategies and non-software products
observe the analytical recommendations of human functionality know-how to the answer of any company challenge related to human services, together with software program development
Leverage the agile functionality development version to maximise the price of interactions between product proprietors, paintings groups, and shoppers in any product or strategy area
keep away from the typical pitfalls confronted by means of groups transitioning from conventional paintings the way to Agile

Who this publication is for

The readerships for this booklet include:

functionality consulting practitioners, from the fields of human assets, company studying, and inner and exterior consulting
Agile practitioners, together with software program builders, agile coaches, and different professionals
enterprise executives together with basic managers, sensible managers, leader details officials, leader studying officials, and leader humans Officers
scholars majoring in any of those topic components: machine technology, tutorial know-how, place of work studying, human assets administration, enterprise management, business and organizational psychology, organizational improvement, commercial and exertions relations

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Agile and Human functionality expertise: The Twain Shall Meet

Chapter 2. the fundamentals of Human functionality Improvement

Chapter three: The functionality Consultant’s Toolkit

Chapter four. the fundamentals of Agile

Chapter five. The Agile software program Engineer’s Toolkit

Chapter 6. Agile functionality Improvement

Chapter 7. Proving Value

Chapter eight. non-stop development Lore

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Who can help? Procurement; management You see this problem often as well. Ever order a gin and tonic that doesn’t come with a lime? It’s not because the person is not trained in making a mixed drink. It’s probably because the bar doesn’t have any limes. 3. Incentives Key Questions: Are the incentives designed to be contingent on how well they perform the job? Is the correct performance being reinforced through incentives, both monetary and nonmonetary? Who can help? Compensation (HR); management Wisdom on this topic from Gilbert13: Money is a beautifully honed instrument for recognizing and creating worthy performance.

Bob’s Axiom No. 3 All requests fall into one of four categories. I introduce these terms to describe them: • Legitimation • Grassroots • Emergent analysis • Executive The thinking and approach for each is different. Later in this chapter, you will see the consultant at work, navigating classic scenarios that elucidate each of the four. “Legitimation requests” seek to convert content (training developed in the field or purchased from a vendor) and into an official course. This situation can involve a range of support, which could include uploading the course to the learning management system, polishing the piece of content with professional instructional design, developing a scalable delivery capacity around a course, or all three.

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