Continue reading: Slides from Agile Eastern Europe 2013

Slides from Agile Eastern Europe 2013

Met a great crowd in Kiev at Agile Eastern Europe. I’d love to stay longer! Here are the slides on my presentation on Visualization – what’s my brain got to do with it.

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Slides from Lean Kanban France 2013

Just back from Paris (gotta love that town, many good memories there ūüôā I did my first presentation on Concepts.¬† Here are the slides. /Mattias

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Continue reading: Culture > Process (Paris Scrum Gathering keynote)

Culture > Process (Paris Scrum Gathering keynote)

Here are the slides for my keynote “Culture > Process” at the Paris Scrum Gathering.¬†Amazing level of enthusiasm in the room, seems like this kind of stuff was exacty what people were looking for. Happy to see the ideas take such strong hold!

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Bokomslag till Riv pyramiderna igen

I dagarna fick jag bokomslaget till boken Riv pyramiderna igen – Agil HR ‘from the trenches’ jag h√•ller p√• att skriva p√• Leanpub. Jag √§r otroligt n√∂jd med det. Omslaget √§r gjort av Lisa Zachrisson. S√• h√§r skriver hon om tankarna bakom formgivningen: Jag tyckte att titeln skulle vara stor d√• det fungerar bra n√§r

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Continue reading: Slides from Dare – “Visualization, what’s my brain got to do with it?”

Slides from Dare – “Visualization, what’s my brain got to do with it?”

Just got back from DARE conference in Belgium.¬† I don’t know how Maarten makes it happen, but I always leave with more ideas than I had when I came. I ran a session on visualization – highlighting our brains limited capacity capture and record knowledge (and what to think of when using visualization). An amazingly

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Introducing Concepts

Let me introduce a tool I’ve found useful – Concepts. Concepts¬† is a one page specification, in A3 format that represents a product idea of feature. It is enough to enable a prepared conversation with the engineers developing the product. Think of it as a “flexible minimum specification”. The idea The concept owner is a

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Continue reading: Stop the line presentation at SmartBear MeetUI

Stop the line presentation at SmartBear MeetUI

Sisyphus, artistry, cult of quality, weaving, broken windows and all the other stuff you have to care about if you want to build high quality software. Here’s my speech on how we did it at Atex Polopoly, held at the SmartBear MeetUI user conference May 23 2013. And here’s the slides: Build Quality In: Stop

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Stop the line song

I ended my talk on the SoapUI user gathering MeetUI singing the stop the line song. Now it has ended up on youtube. Here’s the text: I keep a close watch on these tests of mine I keep my Jenkins open all the time I see a defect coming down the line Becuse you’re mine,

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Stop the line as eBook

Here’s the eBook collecting my articles on building the quality in by stoping the line: Stop The Line – Why it‚Äôs crucial to include a human touch to your automated processes

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Agilt ledarskap

Februarinumret av tidskriften VD-tidningen har agilt ledarskap som trendspaning. Tidskriften √§r riktad till VD:ar och styrelseledam√∂ter med en upplaga p√• runt 10 000. Den kallar sig sj√§lv “Varje VD:s bibel”. Inf√∂r numret blev jag intervjuad om min syn p√• agilt ledarskap.

Eftersom texten är lite svår att komma åt bjuder jag på ett par citat från den, som inleds med ingressen:

Kunden bestämmer. Chefen är coach och medarbetaren har makten och ansvaret. Agilt ledarskap är en filosofi som föddes bland mjukvarutvecklare och som nu sprider sig till andra kunskapsintensiva branscher. Målet? Att öka kundvärdet.

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Continue reading: Where is that Red ‘Stop’ Button in Your Development Process?

Where is that Red ‘Stop’ Button in Your Development Process?

If you don’t dare to stop the line, continuous integration might be waste. Here is the second part of my three-part series on building the quality in on the SmartBear blog. In the first post of this series, I wrote about Toyoda Sakichi, the founder of the Toyota industries, who invented a loom that would

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Continue reading: Stop the Line – Build Quality In with Incremental Compilation

Stop the Line – Build Quality In with Incremental Compilation

We in the software industry are still far behind when it comes to automated quality checks. Toyoda Sakichi for example invented the automated loom with stop the line capability almost 100 years ago. I write more about that in my first blog in a three-part series on building the quality in on the SmartBear blog.

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Agile India slides

Agile India 2013 in Bangalore. Wow, what an awesome conference! I was amazed by the energy level of the participants, spent hours talking to people about all kinds of really interesting challenges. Based on the fully packed rooms and incredible feedback, it seems like my talks were exactly the kind of information people were looking

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Continue reading: Addressing critical in deliveries from subcontractors

Addressing critical in deliveries from subcontractors

In software, one of our favorite tool to deal with uncertainty is iterations. But is it always the better option?

The last week I’ve got the question two times of how to address critical in deliveries from subcontractors. For example: hardware, preparation of land, machinery, buildings or third party platform updates.¬† How can these be addressed? Do iterations hold the answer? Are there better options?

Let me introduce lean flow thinking and show how it can be used to improve the outcome of critical third party in deliveries in your projects.

Project with indelivery

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How to build the Right Thing

The software industry is going through a shift of mindset.

Agile basically solved the problem of how to deliver software. Most any company that applies an agile method and mindset can get working software out the door. Now, the biggest waste in software development seems to be building the wrong product, or the wrong features.

“There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency that which should not be done at all” -Peter Drucker

This insight has given rise to methods and techniques such as Lean Startup, Impact Mapping, Story Mapping, Feature Injection, etc. But is there a common denominator, a set of underlying principles?

On Feb 11, Gojko Adzic organized a full-day meetup in London with people deeply engaged in this issue, people like Jeff Patton, Mary Poppendieck, Ingrid Domingues, Chris Matts and others who have been inventing and spreading techniques for dealing with the how-to-build-the-right-stuff issue.

It was a very inspiring day! We compared our different approaches and experiences, extracted the core principles, and (to our surprise) managed to condense it into this shared message:

Great results happen when:
1. People know why they are doing their work.
2. Organizations focus on outcomes and impacts rather than features.
3. Teams decide what to do next based on immediate and direct feedback from the use of their work.
4. Everyone cares.

There. So now just go do it! ūüôā
Actually, if you want a more detailed description of each point see Gojko’s post.

Posts from the other participants:

Full participant list (in no particular order): Gojko Adzic, Mary Poppendieck, Gabrielle Benefield, Tom Poppendieck, Gordon Weir, Henrik Kniberg, Jeff Patton, Ingrid Domingues, Karl Scotland, Russ Miles, Christian Hassa, Dulce Goncalves, Aaron Sanders, Shadi Almviken, Chris Matts, Olaf Lewitz and Matthias Edinger.

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Continue reading: Lean Mindset with Mary Poppendieck, Feb 7-8

Lean Mindset with Mary Poppendieck, Feb 7-8

On Feb 7-8 Tom & Mary Poppendieck will be in Stockholm, we are running a workshop called “Lean Mindset“. Mary and Tom are only here 1-2 times per year, so this a good opportunity! The workshop emphasizes research, case studies and exercises. You will learn what a lean mindset is, how other companies have exposed

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How Spotify builds products

Product development isn’t easy. In fact, most product development efforts fail, and the most common reason for failure is building the wrong product.

Spotify is a Swedish lean startup with an awesome track record of product delivery. The products are designed to be easy, personal, and fun. Even Metallica, long known as die-hard opponents to music streaming services, now say that Spotify is ‚Äúby far the best streaming service‚ÄĚ and are ‚Äústunned by the ease of it‚ÄĚ.

Here’s the paradox though: Successful companies like Spotify only want to deliver products that people love. But they don’t know if people love it until they’ve delivered it. So how do they do it?

Check out the article “How Spotify Builds Products

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Using continuous improvement in product development

If you prefer this as an article – you can download it here.

What is continuous improvement?

Continuous improvement always starts by observing previous results. That is our baseline for improvements forward on. We strive to improve steadily, a little at a time Р10% is great! But first step is always to accept the facts, regardless if we would have liked it to be better.  It is way too easy to sweep failed projects under the carpet rather than used as a baseline for improvements forward on. A mistake easily made is to base improvements on dream targets rather than previous results, it is hard to learn something from failure to meet those targets.

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Continue reading: Lean from the Trenches @ √ėredev

Lean from the Trenches @ √ėredev

Here are the slides for my talk¬†‚ÄúLean from the Trenches‚ÄĚ at √ėredev, Malm√∂.¬†And¬†here is the book/ebook, in case you want more details. There may also be some copies left at the conference bookstore. Thanks for attending!

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Continue reading: Agile Product Ownership in a nutshell

Agile Product Ownership in a nutshell

This is basically a 1 day product ownership course compressed into a 15 minute animated presentation.

Over a million views! Some call it “The best 15 minutes on the Internet” ūüôā

There’s obviously more to product ownership than this, so see this is a high level summary.

Special thanks to Alistair Cockburn, Tom & Mary Poppendieck, Jeff Patton, Ron Jeffries, Jeff Sutherland, and Michael Dubakov for providing many of the models, metaphors, and ideas that I use in this presentation.

Translations: (see also the translation guide by Cédric Chevalerias)

Below is a full transcript in english. But I recommend watching the video instead of reading the transcript. The video is 100% visual, the transcript is 0% visual…

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Continue reading: Slides from Lean & Kanban Central Europe 2012

Slides from Lean & Kanban Central Europe 2012

Hi! Just back from a great conference – LKCE 2012 –¬† and a great town – Vienna. A really cool thing was the illustrator who worked around the clock to visualize how he interpreted the difference presentations. He did a great job (see below). What would you do – learning from charts I challenge the

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Continue reading: Lean from the Trenches keynote @ AgileEE, Kiev

Lean from the Trenches keynote @ AgileEE, Kiev

Here are the slides for my keynote “Lean from the Trenches” at Agile Eastern Europe, Kiev.¬†And¬†here is the book/ebook, in case you want more details. Thanks for attending!

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Light-weight problem solving template

Here’s my default approach to problem solving and organizational change. Basically a light-weight version of the A3 problem solving approach¬†and Toyota Kata.

(BTW my keynote at ALE2012 next week is on a similar topic: “Everybody wants Change, but nobody likes to Be Changed”)

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Continue reading: Lean from the Trenches @ Agile2012, Dallas

Lean from the Trenches @ Agile2012, Dallas

Here are the slides for my talk “Lean from the Trenches” at Agile2012. And here is the book/ebook, in case you want more details (unfortunately sold out in the conference bookstore). Thanks for attending!

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Continue reading: R<sup>3</sup> – den agila formeln

R3 – den agila formeln

För ett halvt decennium sedan när jag skulle börja som utvecklingschef på Polopoly kände jag att jag behövde ett verktyg som hjälpte mig att sammanfatta andemeningen och de praktiska konsekvenserna av Agile, Scrum, XP och Lean. Var och en av dessa innehåller en rad Рi viss mån överlappande Рbegrep, som är tydliga och om man kan dem inte så svåra att förklara Рom man har många timmar på sig. Men hur minns man hela denna komplexa väv? Hur kan man uttrycka den enkelt, snabbt och koncist?

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Self-organizing a 50 person party

Sunshine. Over 35 adults and 15 kids milling about, playing and socializing. Some down by the beach eating snacks and windsurfing. Work going on in the background: Pototoes being boiled, tables being set, drinks brought out, BBQ lit. Nobody is giving orders, things are just happening. Looks rather chaotic. But then at 16:30, precisely on

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Continue reading: Slides from SDC2012 – Modern product development principles

Slides from SDC2012 – Modern product development principles

¬† Just finished my session at SDC 2012 where I’m arguing for less hierarchy and economically aligned decision rules that¬† enables local teams to do tradeoffs.¬† Mary Poppendieck commented it as “traditional product management”.¬† Maybe that’s where we are heading ūüôā Anyway, here are the slides

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Continue reading: Make it possible; change your statement into a question

Make it possible; change your statement into a question

Not long ago I met with a manager who during a discussion ruled out the possibility of success of a solution. I was a bit surprised and afterwards asked why that was not doable. It turned out one of the reasons was the managers fear the team would kick off with unrealistic expectations and leave 

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Continue reading: Tokyo Scrum Gathering keynote: Everybody wants Change, but nobody likes to Be Changed

Tokyo Scrum Gathering keynote: Everybody wants Change, but nobody likes to Be Changed

Here are the slides for my Tokyo Scrum Gathering keynote “Everybody wants Change, but nobody likes to be changed“. Thanks for attending! Sample slides:

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