Why do we need to hire someone to teach us about Agile?

By Shai / On / In Agile

Plenty of organizations nowadays, big or small, are transforming to agile. It could be because more and more people are now recognizing its effectiveness and numerous benefits. Agile transformations however, don’t come easy therefore requiring external assistance to succeed. It’s not impossible to try to do it all on your own but there are businesses who have slipped into a lot of mistakes such as: thinking that it only affects the technology group, failing to recognize the challenges that come with it and worst, not realizing whether agile suits them best or not.

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No really, you already iterate.

By Shai Shandil / On / In Agile, Scrum

Although more tech teams use iterative project methodologies in the USA and Europe than any other methodology (State of Agile, 2015), we here in Australia have been slower to embrace the change. Not surprisingly, the reluctance to try something new is based on the fear of regressing back to the days when technology projects were equal parts magic and science. Consider this statement from a healthcare CEO client of ours: “Why would I want to change methodology now that we are finally, after all these years, starting to see some positive business outcomes?”

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Never Pay For A Lemon Again

By Shai Shandil / On / In Agile, Software

Despite my incredible urge to do so, this is article is not about the best farmers markets for quality, juicy, organic lemons. But it is about something just as important – not letting the elusiveness of technology get the better of you.

For years the technology industry has been plagued with labels like ‘money-pit’, ‘project-failure-office’, and ‘untouchables’. Unfortunately, not all of these labels were untrue at some point in time during the industries short lifetime. But we are no longer in the enlightenment era of the eighties, nor the renaissance era of the nineties, we now find ourselves more than two decades after those days of obscurity. And it’s about time we act our age.

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