Agile Performance Improvement by Bob Winter

By Bob Winter

Agile functionality development demonstrates the mutual merits that accrue to the worlds of functionality consulting and agile software program improvement whilst the values and rules of either are mixed synergistically below the assistance of practitioners expert in either. The agile functionality development version blends the rules of human functionality expertise with the frameworks and practices of Agile. the result's an method that maximizes the worth of interactions one of the advisor, the paintings workforce, and the buyer. in contrast to conventional end-to-end waterfall approaches, agile functionality development promises price always and in small increments, relentlessly targeting results of worth to the buyer. development on buildings of Agile which are utilized in software program improvement, reminiscent of Scrum, the agile functionality development version considers the human part of holistic suggestions in constructing a continuing move of value.

Bob iciness, a functionality advisor, was once the product proprietor for the company schooling scrum assisting an agile transition initiative for countless numbers of engineering groups. From this cross-disciplinary adventure, he came upon that the 2 cultures, languages, and methodologies of functionality consulting and agile software program improvement are—far from being incongruent, incompatible, or inappropriate to every other—in truth very best to enrich and aid one another. Being agile improves the effectiveness of the functionality advisor, and utilising the teachings of human functionality know-how improves the effectiveness of software program improvement teams.

In Agile functionality development, iciness teaches functionality experts how one can practice agile ideas, values, and techniques usefully to the initiatives of optimizing human functionality in components of perform not just adjacent but additionally way past the world of software program and IT engineering, equivalent to company studying suggestions, human assets structures, and non-software items. Conversely, he exhibits engineering groups immersed in an agile atmosphere the best way to develop their functionality utilizing the rules and methods taught and cultivated through functionality experts. the writer, who has labored largely on each side of the conventional divide, recounts entertainingly yet informatively how either sparks and fur can fly while geeks come across humans people.

What you’ll learn

After interpreting this publication, enterprise executives, workforce contributors, agile practitioners, and function consulting practitioners could be in a position to do the following:

observe agile engineering practices to the layout and improvement of studying strategies and non-software products
follow the analytical suggestions of human functionality know-how to the answer of any enterprise challenge regarding human features, together with software program development
Leverage the agile functionality development version to maximise the price of interactions between product proprietors, paintings groups, and consumers in any product or strategy area
stay away from the typical pitfalls confronted via groups transitioning from conventional paintings the way to Agile

Who this booklet is for

The readerships for this publication include:

functionality consulting practitioners, from the fields of human assets, company studying, and inner and exterior consulting
Agile practitioners, together with software program builders, agile coaches, and different professionals
company executives together with basic managers, practical managers, leader details officials, leader studying officials, and leader humans Officers
scholars majoring in any of those topic components: desktop technological know-how, tutorial expertise, office studying, human assets administration, company management, commercial and organizational psychology, organizational improvement, business and exertions relations

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Agile and Human functionality expertise: The Twain Shall Meet

Chapter 2. the fundamentals of Human functionality Improvement

Chapter three: The functionality Consultant’s Toolkit

Chapter four. the fundamentals of Agile

Chapter five. The Agile software program Engineer’s Toolkit

Chapter 6. Agile functionality Improvement

Chapter 7. Proving Value

Chapter eight. non-stop development Lore

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Injuries, flaring tempers, hurt feelings, or interventions by authority figures. How do these things just happen at the skate park, yet they happen only through great effort or divine providence in the large workplace? Is it the design of the environment? Is it the bringing together of like-minded people? Is it the passion? Is it the wider culture of this hobby? Peter Senge’s 1990 book The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, introduced the concept of the learning organization, and for a decade the idea of applying systems thinking to improve performance launched a thousand meetings and conference presentations.

Or the item might never rise to the top of the priority list. Usually, if you add an item to the backlog after minimal discovery, you have a chuckle over it: “Yeah, he wants us to design and deliver a five-day training class about Confucianism as the pathway to software wisdom. ” “Putting it in the backlog” will almost always be received as unhelpful by the client. This is not good for the future of your relationship or your career. In the long run it will reduce the chances of receiving any future requests from that person, thus reducing your workload and lessening your potential relevance at the company.

Now that we are familiar with the history and ideas of HPT, let’s look at what we can learn from the corporate learning practices. Lessons of Corporate Learning The world of corporate learning is at once more broad and more specialized than the scope of this book. A learning function includes at least ten different professional disciplines, as represented in the ATD Standards. This book focuses on the performance consulting skill set, with examples and connections to other related activities.

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