On standards

Working alongside product companies allows experiencing the impact of sharing the same practices across the entire enterprise architecture. Some call this standardization, which in theory brings only advantages for both the product company and the end-users. Reusing same technical, functional and user experience design across products or modules of the same product offers consistency and provides the future direction. But what happens when you realize that the current practices, referred to as standards, are outdated or contain techniques which are far from being best practices? You have a choice. You can continue the work as it is. Or you can … Continue reading On standards

On agility

Did you know that faster time to market and faster innovation are the top two benefits of organisational agility? According to the THE ELUSIVE AGILE ENTERPRISE study, conducted by Scrum Alliance together with Forbes, other top benefits are: improved non-financial results employee morale ability to attract and hire top talent improved competitiveness improved financial results ability to better manage across geographies/verticals In the rapid pace of technology, innovation and development we are in today organizations need to deliver results faster than ever. The Take-Away Agility is not only delivering products faster than the competition.It belongs to the enterprise level of … Continue reading On agility

On practicing Scrum

In our corporate life, we are Scrum practitioners every day. But are we Scrum practitioners outside the office and outside the working hours? I say we are. Let’s the consider the vacation (as a product) a very good candidate for practising Scrum outside the office. What we need to implement this product? The following might just be enough: Vacation team Scrum team -> Discuss who is part of the team and who owns each role Vacation vision product vision -> Decide what we want to do in the vacation: go to a sea destination, admire landscapes, go hiking, visit museums, … Continue reading On practicing Scrum

On trust

An IT services organisation usually provides IT services for product organisations. This mainly happens when own teams don’t have enough capacity for executing the activities/tasks required for matching the business goals and ambitions. For the IT services organisation, this is a good opportunity which can lead to an even better opportunity with the proper environment. While only executing tasks gets the paycheck at the end of the month, the real challenge in the collaboration is made when the IT services organisation becomes a business and technology partner (adviser) for the product organisation. There a few things to consider for this … Continue reading On trust

On change

A wise man once said that change is in the centre of the universe. As a Business Analyst and Scrum Master change is part of my daily activities and on a larger scale change is a constant part of our lives. But what is change exactly? According to dictionary.com change is: to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone to transform or convert to become different Sounds simple, isn’t it? Yet the reality proves to be different. It is in our human nature not to like change … Continue reading On change