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John Heintz
Advisor

Time for a Change? Manage the Costs

by John Heintz

Measuring and calculating the cost of change can affect many of our decisions.


Figure 1 — The Toyota Way.
Advisor

3 Habits in Support of the First Pillar of Lean Leadership: Respect for People

by Em Campbell Pretty

The values contained in the House of Lean for the 21st Century give us guidance as to the mindset required to succeed, but it takes concrete practices to bring these values to life. Given that leadership is the foundation of Lean, the effective Lean leader needs to form habits that align to the pillars that support the goal. In this Advisor, we explore the habits needed to build a pillar of respect for people and culture.


Alistair Cockburn
Advisor

Influencing Collaboration

by Alistair Cockburn

This Advisor identifies four actions we can take to encourage others to contribute and collaborate in a group setting.


Design Thinking
Advisor

Implementing Design Thinking in Agile

by Bhardwaj Velamakanni

This Advisor presents an overview of improving Agile techniques and practices by using design thinking within the Agile space and describes three techniques from design thinking methodologies that tend to yield benefits to Agile practitioners.


Peter Kaminski
Executive Update

Mitigating Business Risk: Unlock Software Potential

by Peter Kaminski

In this Update, we continue our discussion of mitigating business risk by examining the benefits of contextual software analysis and reviewing some of the static code analysis tools available today that can help track down defects at both the component level and the overall system level.


Alexandre Rodrigues
Advisor

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: EVM for Agile

by Alexandre Rodrigues

The EVM method was first developed to help manage complex R&D projects, which are mostly characterized by an unstable, volatile, and evolving scope. It is therefore no surprise that EVM applies to Agile projects.


Peter Kaminski
Executive Update

Mitigating Business Risk: A Systems Perspective

by Peter Kaminski

Software-related business risk is an increasing portion of business risk, so knowing how to assiduously reduce software risk has become part and parcel of today’s business reality. Fortunately, there is an array of tools and methods that you can apply across your portfolio of software assets and development projects to manage software risk, which we’ll explore in this Executive Update.


Advisor

Improving Flow with Lean Leadership Practices

by Steve Bell, by Karen Whitley Bell

One individual must align the value stream to enterprise strategy and orchestrate the activities within each value stream with a complete end-to-end perspective, engaging consumers and keeping their value clearly in view. In this way, everyone engaged in the value stream shares a common purpose and can quickly spot obstacles to flow, so that they can prioritize and continuously improve together as one.