Achieving Technical Excellence: Step 7 in the Agile Transformation Process

by Andy Czuchry

If you have gotten to this blog than you are could be well on your way to becoming an agile organization. The seventh and capstone step in this journey is achieving technical excellence.

Achieving technical excellence is all about consistently integrating the first six steps with a well-defined set of technical craftsmanship practices.

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Agile, Lean and Design Thinking: How They Work Together

by ExperiencePoint

In many cases adopting new business strategies means teams have abandoned old ways of doing things. But that is not the case when it comes to Agile, Lean and Design Thinking. These three methods are inherently complementary, and when companies use them in combination, it creates a highly efficient and deeply innovative environment where teams are primed to deliver exactly what customers need, while keeping them in the center of everything they do.

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How to Fix Your System Value Stream: Step 6 in The Agile Transformation Process

by Andy Czuchry

In my previous blog on the fifth step in the series to an agile transformation we talked about how to manage your local value stream, which involves reviewing and streamlining the set of sequential steps in a single initiative, in order to accelerate results and deliver the best outcomes for customers and the business. A key transition in that step is a shift from aligning around project-based activities to be performed, to aligning around the target outcomes to be produced. This transition begins locally, where you can control it more directly, with an eye toward the bigger picture along the way.

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How To Understand The Difference Between Design Thinking, Agile and Lean Approaches

by ExperiencePoint

Agile, Lean and design thinking are all approaches for tackling a problem or project and coming to a solution, but oftentimes people get confused about the differences between them. They are similar methodologies that all focus on deriving greater value for customers, and can be used in conjunction with each other with the customer squarely in the center of the equation. In this post, we’ll point out the similarities and key differences between the three approaches.

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The Importance of Local Value Streams Explained: Agile Transformation Step 5

by Andy Czuchry

If you’ve been reading these blogs as a series and applying the lessons learned, then your organization could be well on its journey to an agile transformation. Every step in this seven step process is organized sequentially for a reason — you have to learn to crawl before you can run.

In the first few steps we gained alignment around strategic goals, created visibility from the c-suite down to the teams and back up again, prioritized and sequenced tasks, and quantified our work in process (WiP). Now it’s time to take transformation to an even more strategic level across the system.

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