Which do we need the most, Project Managers or Line Managers?

Should we organize around the delivery of products or along the structure of our organization? Which organizational paradigm is the most effective or efficient? This is a question that most managers struggle with regularly. At least when they are asked to “re-organize” their respective organizations. In Europe (and I suspect elsewhere) this has led to …

Adapting to a different country and culture – a story

This is the story of Jerome (names changed to protect the innocent), and his adventures while changing countries for work. Jerome always wanted to work in another country. He had bought into the whole globalization/Cultural experimentation ideas of the 90’s. The economy was growing quite strongly, there was a strong need for IT professionals and …

You cannot transition to Agile. Stop and just embrace it!

I am writing this blog post to explore a concept. So bear with me, I’ll probably ask more questions than I’ll answer. Why do most Agile fail in our companies (or government organizations for that matter)? My view is that we cannot actually transition from a command and control management paradigm to Agile / Complex …

The three main trends in long agile adoption processes

I was having a discussion with fellow agile adopters yesterday and a bunch of interesting patterns emerged from the discussion: We are getting to agile/process improvement fatigue The management of software development is changing, but agile adoption processes do not have a mandate to change the management approach We don’t have a process to learn …

Can Scrum and Kanban be used for non-software development work?

Can Scrum or Kanban be used to manage any other work than software development? Do the same concepts apply? The past week-end there’s been some chatter on twitter about using Kanban or Scrum for managing work outside the software development realm. People seem (pleasently) surprised that it can be done. But can it really? The …