Ranger4 DevOps Blog

Scaling Agile and Making Friends

Posted by Philippa Hale on Mon, Nov 11, 2019 @ 09:11 AM

 

This is the first of a series of blogs on how Agile and DevOps ways of working are scaling and making their way across the business functions: HR, Finance, Procurement, Technology, Marketing and Sales.

If you are working in technology and making progress with Agile and DevOps ways of working within your own function, you may be looking at ways to work more effectively with other functions across your organisation: HR, finance, procurement, marketing, sales.  Here are some ideas and tips to help you:

1. Make Friends

Over many years of working in the area of inspiring collaboration between functions, I passionately believe that the focus has to be on what you have in common.  Patrick Debois’ keynote talk at the recent DevOpsDays 10th Anniversary in Ghent, was SPOT ON.  He is also passionate about the need to ‘make friends’. By this he means have proper conversations, get to know people as people, ask questions, understand what goes on in their function, learn their language, their needs, constraints, where they are heading.  Watch the video here - (the longer version from AllDayDevOps)  There are so many parallels in thinking and so much we in technology can learn from the other functions.

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Topics: AllDayDevOps, Ways of Working, Agile Finance, Agile Procurement, Agile HR, Agile marketing, Agile sales, DevOpsDays

How is That a Chicken?

Posted by Mark Beard on Tue, Aug 27, 2019 @ 16:08 PM

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Topics: Neuroscience, Experiential learning, Ways of Working, Ways of Thinking

Full Enterprise Adoption: Ways of Working

Posted by Helen Beal on Tue, Jul 23, 2019 @ 17:07 PM

I’ve been observing a pattern for quite some time now with my clients that in 2017 I referred to as BizIT - that is, these conversations about Ways of Working* have been seeping out of the technology teams and into ‘the business’. It’s digital disruption that is driving the global evolution towards these ways of working that are characterised by:

  • Incremental change to reduce risk and create fast feedback loops
  • Small, dedicated, autonomous, cross-functional, multi-functional teams
  • Long lived product centric thinking, unlearning project centric habits
  • Empowerment, participation and peer-review
  • Breaking dependencies, impediment removal and streamlining processes
  • End-to-end, value stream thinking and experimentation
  • Focus on customer delight and the delivery of value outcomes
  • Increasing throughput and stability as equal forces
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Topics: Ways of Working

DevOps Leadership

Posted by Helen Beal on Tue, Jun 4, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

The DevOps Institute (DOI) will be releasing V2.0 of their DevOps Leader course imminently. As an instructor, it's my favourite course to deliver and I've thoroughly enjoyed participating in the update along with many other global DOI REPs and instructors - it's been receiving fantastic feedback. Some have described the new version as 'dense' or 'meaty' but I like to think of it as rich. The course is designed for people who are leading DevOps evolutions or transformations - either within their own organisations or acting as coaches or consultants for their client organisations.

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Topics: DevOps Leader, Unlearning, Leadership, Bateson Stakeholder Map, Ways of Working, Ways of Thinking, Learning, Transformational Leadership