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Nine Policy Recommendations for Managing Technical Debt
Executive Update

Managing Technical Debt: Nine Policy Recommendations

by Rick Brenner

For technology-dependent products, companies, institutions, and even societies, sustainability depends on learning how to manage technical debt. Like most transformations, incorporating new practices into our organizations will likely be an iterative process. We already recognize the problem, and researchers are making progress, albeit mostly on technical issues. This Executive Update proposes a policy-centered approach to the problem. It begins with a principle that can serve as a guide for constructing technical debt management policy, and then shows how to apply that principle to develop nine recommendations that enable organizations to manage technical debt effectively.

Bhardwaj Velamakanni

Emerging Agile Anti-Patterns

by Bhardwaj Velamakanni

Agile methodologies, however popular they are, bring their own sets of “smells” and anti-patterns to the table, sometimes causing irreparable damage to the team. While the sources of these smells are many, one of the primary culprits is the mindset that treats Agile as “yet another methodology,” totally ignoring the cultural aspect. This article throws light on some of the prominent smells that are emerging of late in the Agile world.

Jens Coldewey

Middle Management in Flux

by Jens Coldewey

If you start changing an organization toward an Agile mindset, there’s no real end. Agile is about creating an organization of continuous learning and the transformation is done when there is nothing new to learn, which will probably be never. This puts an enormous challenge on middle management.

Executive Update

Problem Solved: Even Data Virtualization Pros Can Learn New Tricks

by Kenneth Rau

In this Update, we explore a firm that adopted decoupling as a strategic principle and discovered not only the advantages of this approach but uncovered yet another underutilized capability of data visualization: response redirection.

David Spann

Toward Collaborative Leadership

by David Spann

As an executive coach, I continuously hear new clients say, "All I want are results. Is it too much to expect people to deliver on their commitments?" After a few minutes of additional dialogue, we typically discover several organizational, technical, and managerial challenges that have culminated in some noticeable and negative result. In other words, I'm being asked to fix a problem that has escalated to a level that is no longer tolerable to those in leadership.


How to Measure Performance on Agile Projects

by Alexandre Rodrigues

In this on-demand webinar, you'll discover how a shift in perspective and reassertion of some key principles of EVM can make it a successful tool for managing performance on Agile projects.

Steve Bell

Applying Lean Leadership Practices to Improve Customer Value

by Steve Bell, by Karen Whitley Bell

The guiding Lean principle is a focus on consumer value. This compels everyone to clearly understand how (or if!) their efforts contribute to consumer value. This can be a challenge, since many functions interact only with internal customers or intermediaries, having little or no line of sight to the consumer.


Agile Portfolio Catalogs and Capability Roadmaps

by Gustav Toppenberg

The impact that providing a capability catalog and roadmap for the portfolio would have on Agile leaders is significant. Linking this portfolio catalog and roadmap to other efforts and capabilities across the enterprise ensures that there is continued alignment to the enterprise’s strategic direction and that teams are not recreating redundant capabilities but rather leveraging and reusing current capabilities in new, innovative ways.