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Definitely, Maybe Agile

Author: Peter Maddison and Dave Sharrock

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Adopting new ways of working like Agile and DevOps often falters further up the organization. Even in smaller organizations, it can be hard to get right. In this podcast, we are discussing the art and science of definitely, maybe achieving business agility in your organization.
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 Are you ready to challenge conventional wisdom about traditional architecture and Agile practices? This week, Peter Maddison and Dave Sharrock steer us through the labyrinth of Agile Architecture, revealing how it can become a strategic partner rather than just a service function. We examine the potential barriers old-school architecture can pose, and how Agile principles can reshape the layers of your organization's system architecture.This week's takeaways:Ensure architects are actively involved in specific business domains or architecture, rather than being temporary consultants.Remember that architecture is not solely the responsibility of a select few; it permeates all levels of the organization.Avoid relying too heavily on Architectural Review Boards (ARBs) as they can impede decision-making and hinder innovation. Instead, prioritize empowering architects to make informed decisions and collaborate regularly with relevant stakeholders.Join the conversation by contacting us at feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com with your thoughts, questions, or suggestions for future episodes. Don't forget to subscribe to stay updated on our latest releases. Let us uncover the potential of Agile Architecture together! 
Are you ready to shatter the glass ceiling of traditional management methods? We promise this episode will equip you with the tools to achieve just that! Join us, Peter Madison and David Sharrock, as we journey into the realm of OKRs (Objectives and Key Results). Learn about their power in fueling organizational alignment and goal-setting and how they stand apart from other management frameworks like MBOs, balanced scorecards, and KPIs. Discover why they are indispensable in setting long-term objectives and milestones that can pivot with the ever-changing landscapes of your business operations.This week's takeaways: OKRs are a goal-setting framework are effective at creating alignment and, though simple on the surface, they take practice to get right.They are not meant to be static but rather should be updated and adjusted as new information becomes available.It should not be tied to performance reviews or bonuses. Instead, they should be used as a tool for setting ambitious goals and tracking progress.To join the discussion, email us at feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com with your thoughts, questions, or suggestions for future episodes. Remember to hit that subscribe button to stay updated on our latest releases.   Tune in, and let us help you revolutionize the way your organization marches towards achieving its goals. 
 Join Peter Maddison and David Sharrock on the latest episode of Definitely, Maybe Agile as they sit down with Pia Wendelbo, change agent and CEO of Scandinavian Change Agents. Together, they delve into the crucial topic of holistic thinking in change management. Pia highlights the often overlooked impact on people during a transformation, emphasizing the importance of considering culture, staff happiness, and the structures and processes affected by the change. This insightful conversation highlights the need for a more comprehensive approach to change management that fully embraces human aspects of organizational transformation. This week's takeaways:Recognize that individuals are at the core of any transformation effort.Incorporating "slack" into work life can bring balance and productivity.Continuous learning and improvement are crucial in transformation.To join the discussion, email us at feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com with your thoughts, questions, or suggestions for future episodes. Remember to hit that subscribe button to stay updated on our latest releases. 
Erin Leslie, a leadership coach, and career strategist, joins the Definitely Maybe Agile podcast to discuss the importance of vulnerable leadership and emotional intelligence in agile transformations.Erin shares her experience leading agile teams in the public sector, and discusses the challenges and opportunities of working in this environment. She emphasizes the importance of creating a safe space for creativity and risk-taking and of being able to relate to team members on a human level.This week's takeaways:Allow space for emotions and feelings to be expressed in conversations and listen for the answer rather than coming in with preconceived ideas.New roles in government. The public sector is increasingly adopting new roles, such as product owner. These roles allow public servants to take on more responsibility and ownership of their work.Compassion is essential in both public and private sector leadership.To join the discussion, email us at feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com with your thoughts, questions, or suggestions for future episodes. Remember to hit that subscribe button to stay updated on our latest releases. 
 In this episode of the Definitely, Maybe Agile podcast, Dave and Peter talk to Marius de Beer, Senior Director of Digital Product Delivery at Aritzia, about the challenges and evolution of agile practices. After years of working on transformations at different organizations, Marius has distilled agile transformation down to four things: How you are measured, recognized, rewarded, and supported. This is an episode you won't want to miss!This week's takeaways:Change itself has changed: Making change a natural part of learning, responding, and growing helps remove the fear and resistance associated with it.Applying the four principles at each organizational layer: It's important to consider the needs and recognition of the organization as a whole, not just individuals or teams.Instead of forcefully pushing tools and practices onto individuals or teams, providing support and focusing on how people are measured, recognized, and rewarded is more effective.To join the discussion, email us at feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com with your thoughts, questions, or suggestions for future episodes. Don't forget to hit that subscribe button to stay updated on our latest releases. 
NOTE: This isn't a full episode, just an intro to the next season We're definitely excited for season 2 of the Definitely, Maybe Agile podcast!Peter Maddison and Dave Sharrock are ready to tackle the big questions around digital transformation. What does it look like? How can we define it? Why does it all go wrong? These are just some questions they'll be exploring in the upcoming season. But more than just understanding digital transformation, they want to help their listeners recognize where they are in their transformation journey. Is it an agile transformation or a digital transformation? And, of course, no transformation discussion would be complete without challenging some paradigms. So tune in for an exciting season 2 of the Definitely, Maybe Agile podcast!We love to hear feedback! If you have questions, would like to propose a topic, or even join us for a conversation, contact us here: feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com 
Ep.12: Vendors

Ep.12: Vendors

2021-05-1820:30

 In this episode, Dave and Peter discuss the role of vendors in large companies and why we don't let vendors lead the strategy. We discuss how vendor solutions or products are brought to accelerate growth. A good choice of products maximizes the opportunities an organization can leverage to accelerate skills, and a poor choice can leave you tied to a partner that does not bring you value.We love to hear feedback! If you have questions, would like to propose a topic, or even join us for a conversation, contact us here: feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com
In this episode, Dave and Peter discuss the potential differences between Lessons Learned (the end of project debrief) and Retrospectives (the more frequent and regular look at work). We cover many topics before landing on the concept of aligning 3 F's, Frequency, Focus, and Flow when looking back at what has been done.Book references:Think Again - Adam Granthttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55539565-think-againAtomic Habits - James Clearhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40121378-atomic-habitsWe love to hear feedback! If you have questions, would like to propose a topic, or even join us for a conversation, contact us here: feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com
Does training have value? There is certainly plenty of it out there and companies spend plenty of money on it. Is it money well spent?In this episode we talk through some of the benefits of training and when it is most effective. We also talk about how to get more from the training you do invest in. We love to hear feedback! If you have questions, would like to propose a topic, or even join us for a conversation, contact us here: feedback@definitelymaybeagile.comLinks:Xodiac corporate training: https://xodiac.ca/services/IncrementOne training:  https://www.incrementone.com/training
Ep7: Estimating

Ep7: Estimating

2021-04-1323:55

This week Dave and Peter talk through the perils and benefits of estimation. They touch on relative and absolute estimations, and how they apply to our daily work.We love to hear feedback! If you have questions, would like to propose a topic, or even join us for a conversation, contact us here: feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com
Ep6: Experimentation

Ep6: Experimentation

2021-04-0718:37

This week we dive into experimentation, what it is, its purpose, and how we often mess it up. How do you design experiments? What makes an experiment good? How might you measure success? All this and more! We love to hear feedback! If you have questions, would like to propose a topic, or even join us for a conversation, contact us here: feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com
Peter and Dave discuss the difficulty of taking Agile practices out of IT and into the rest of the organization. We discuss the need for creating a common language and acknowledging the differences between areas. There may even be some hints about how to overcome these adoption barriers.We love to hear feedback! If you have questions, would like to propose a topic, or even join us for a conversation, contact us here: feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com
Ep4: Defining Value

Ep4: Defining Value

2021-03-2419:41

Peter and Dave discuss how value is often seen through the lens of the company, focusing value on dollars and cents. There are many types of value especially when products are free to use. Value is very difficult to predict and defined by the customer.References in this episode:Saeed Khan's Medium post on value:https://swkhan.medium.com/a-framework-for-understanding-value-25a8eefcf61cWe love to hear feedback! If you have questions, would like to propose a topic, or even join us for a conversation, contact us here: feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com
Dave and Peter discuss Change Approval (or Advisory) Boards. They are a crucial component to organizational change and managing change with companies. As organizations starts to adopt Agile, responsibility of change shifts into the team level and the Board becomes a facilitator to change. Resources: Better Value Sooner Safer Happier - Jon Smarthttps://soonersaferhappier.com/We love to hear feedback! If you have questions, would like to propose a topic, or even join us for a conversation, contact us here: feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com
Peter and Dave on the relationship between agile practices and innovation, what is meant by process innovation vs. product innovation, and what they really think of the HBR article (Stand-up Meetings Inhibit Innovation). Resources: Stand-up Meetings Inhibit Innovationhttps://hbr.org/2021/01/stand-up-meetings-inhibit-innovationLoonshots by Safi Bahcallhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39863447-loonshotsWe love to hear feedback! If you have questions, would like to propose a topic, or even join us for a conversation, contact us here: feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com
How do we approach conversations or engagements with clients, and begin to understand what is happening within an organization? How do we help clients understand where they are now, and what they need to focus on with a holistic view. And most importantly, how do we map and shift a company focus to outcomes? This Podcast is hosted by Peter Maddison from Xodiac and Dave Sharrock from IncrementOne.Resources mentioned in the episode:You can find out more about Flow Engineering on the Xodiac website: https://xodiac.ca/services/flow-engineeringAnd at our partner, Visible's, website:https://thinking.visible.is/post/flow-engineering---a-kickstart-workflow-5ff61f303609424e1f2fba63Agendashift: Outcome‑oriented change and Continuous  https://www.amazon.com/-/es/Mike-Burrows/dp/1787197263We love to hear feedback! If you have questions, would like to propose a topic, or even join us for a conversation, contact us here: feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com
Imagine facing colossal challenges and complex problems and not knowing where or how to start solving them. In this episode, we wrestle with the complexities of problem-solving within Agile organizations, particularly when adopting new methodologies at scale. We dissect various problem management strategies - from the well-established ITIL to the Lean and A3 methods- providing you with a toolkit for identifying root causes and understanding the factors contributing to your problems.We delve into the intricacies of problem management within a microservices environment. We discuss the power of predictive problem management and the tools you can leverage to solve problems. We also explore the realm of complex systems and the strategies that can help identify probable causes of problems, specifically focusing on the Safety 1 and Safety 2 models. All this is aimed at equipping you and your teams with a systematic approach to problem-solving, reducing chances of catastrophic failure through proper service contracts, smaller batches, and fast releases. This week's takeaways:Problems are ubiquitous: Problems exist everywhere, but organizations often lack a formal approach to addressing them.Take the time to understand problems: Instead of reacting to problems instinctively, organizations should create a space for thoughtful, data-driven problem-solving. Establish a common understanding of problems: Having a common agreement and language within the organization is crucial regarding what constitutes a problem. As we navigate these complex topics, we ensure that you come away with a deeper understanding and practical solutions you can implement in your organization. Tune in! Be sure to listen to Definitely Maybe Agile on your favorite platform, and remember to subscribe. For additional resources and to join the conversation, contact us at feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com with your thoughts, questions, or suggestions for future episodes. Stay tuned for more exciting content!
Have you ever pondered upon the intricacies of business resilience? Do you fully grasp the importance of non-functional requirements for your business? Peter Maddison and David Sharrock promise to demystify these topics on the Definitely, Maybe Agile podcast. We guide you through the nuances of scenario planning, business continuity, and disaster recovery processes that are pivotal for preparing against potential disruptions. Events like pandemics, environmental issues, and economic changes have underscored how essential it is to comprehend the key parts of your business and the resources necessary for recovery.Furthermore, we'll spotlight non-functional requirements and their vital role in business resilience. We'll show you why it's crucial for your teams to be autonomous and how to manage system changes without triggering unanticipated impacts. We'll also touch on the rising observability movement and its role in making non-functional requirements more conspicuous. From discussing design and architecture to system latency and changes, we hope to provide valuable insights into non-functional requirements. This week's takeaways:Don't overlook non-functional requirements - they're crucial for the resilience of your business.Understand the impact of changes on your system with observability at the forefront.Take a comprehensive approach to business resilience planning, considering all aspects of your business.Make sure everyone is aware of the business resilience plan and knows their role in executing it.So, buckle up for an enlightening journey through the nitty-gritty details of business resilience! Be sure to listen to Definitely Maybe Agile on your favorite platform, and remember to subscribe. For additional resources and to join the conversation, visit our website and contact us at feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com with your thoughts, questions, or suggestions for future episodes. Stay tuned for more exciting content! 
What causes collaboration to break down in organizations? We often hear talk of collaboration breaking down in command and control style hub-and-spoke structures, but more agile modern structures can also cause issues. Using a 2021 MIT article on collaboration and organizational network design (ONA) as a base, Dave and Peter explore these different models and their impact on collaboration. Expect lots of discussion on Agile and DevOps.This week's takeaways:Centralized decision-making and hub and spoke models can hinder teamwork and cause confusion.Collaboration goes beyond breaking down silos; it requires a shared purpose and aligned goals across teams and units.Addressing bottlenecks, maintaining work transparency, and considering the entire system are crucial to avoid overload and disenfranchisement.It's important to consider structural and behavioral aspects to foster effective collaboration. Resources: Sloan Management Review: When Collaboration Fails and How to Fix It- https://corporateinnovation.mit.edu/2021/05/18/sloan-management-review-when-collaboration-fails-and-how-to-fix-it/Ready to revolutionize your workplace collaboration? Don't miss this insightful episode! Be sure to listen to Definitely Maybe Agile on your favorite platform, and remember to subscribe. For additional resources and to join the conversation, visit our website and contact us at feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com with your thoughts, questions, or suggestions for future episodes. Click that subscribe button and stay tuned for more exciting content! 
Are you ready to challenge conventional wisdom and reexamine your understanding of product development? This episode promises to do just that, as we unravel the misconceptions highlighted in the Harvard Business Review article, 'Six Myths of Product Development.' We'll share insights on how these myths, often carried over from physical manufacturing to the digital sphere, can lead to a misallocation of resources and stifle innovation. This week's takeaways:The economics of cost saving and optimization can have a detrimental effect on digital product development. The mindset of "plan to create options" is essential for digital product development. The lessons learned from digital product development can be applied to other areas of the business, such as operations.Resources: Six Myths of Product Development- https://hbr.org/2012/05/six-myths-of-product-developmentContact us at feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com with your thoughts, questions, or suggestions for future episodes. Hit subscribe to stay updated on our latest releases. Join us in this captivating exploration of product development myths, and gain fresh insights into crafting effective strategies for the digital era. 
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