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Advisor

An Agile Myth: Large Batches Are Optimal

by Hubert Smits, by Peter Borsella

With twice the product in half the time™ being a generic goal for industry, what exactly is going wrong in today’s industrial environment? What stops or delays improvements in product delivery, despite embracing practices from Lean and Six Sigma? Why does it take years to get a new product out of the manufacturing plant? This Advisor seeks to demystify one of the myths that surrounds Agile product development: the myth that one way to optimize people’s time is to have them work on large batches: design the whole product, build a full prototype, test a full prototype, and design manufacturing only when the prototype passes all tests. The thinking is that this will reduce task-switching, eliminate mistakes, and achieve the desired high utilization of people. By planning the work in phases, we believe we can prevent problems in the phases that follow.


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Article

The CEO: Lost in Space and Time

by Richard Eagar, by Gregory Pankert, by Raf Postepski, by Sean Sullivan

Cutter Consortium Senior Consultants Rick Eagar, Gregory Pankert, Raf Postepski, and Sean Sullivan discuss how the role of a CEO in 2019 is very different from that of a decade ago, primarily because traditional business boundaries are blurring while the pace of business continues to accelerate. The authors explore the changes in the CEO role and propose a new framework to help CEOs map the right strategic direction for their organizations.


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Executive Update

An Agile Development Framework for Business Analysts: Part IX — Series Summary

by Robin Harwood

In this, the final Update of the series, we summarize the ideas we have discussed with the goal of leaving you, the business analyst, with a starting point for the application of Agile principles.


Advisor

Build in Testability and Resilience in Agile Architecture

by Bob Galen

One of the keys to a solid architecture is considering how your organization will test it. This is true not only from an end-to-end perspective, but also when considering areas like usability, performance, security, reliability, and resilience. You must make these investments in quality and testing transparent to your stakeholders and help them realize their value proposition.


Exec Ed & Training

Industrial Agile Framework

by Hubert Smits
Twice the product in half the time. 

Agile development is best known in the software world, where projects are easily understood as iterative. But until now, it hasn't been leveraged in developing industrial products. The new Industrial Agile Framework brings the benefits of Agile methods to industrial product development.   


Webinar

Industrial Agile: Accelerating Physical Product Delivery

by Hubert Smits, by Peter Borsella

In this hour-long webinar, Cutter Consortium Senior Consultant Hubert Smits and Peter Borsella introduce the Industrial Agile Framework — a framework for applying Agile to physical product delivery (for example, cash registers, integrated circuits, cars, or …).


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Executive Update

Thoughts on a Project-Volatility Metric, Part IV: V3 and V4

by Vince Kellen

This continuation of my previous Executive Update series encompasses my experience with this method of project management beginning in 1992 and continuing with successive waves of improvements across five different organizations — two in the consulting business and three within university CIO offices. Here in Part IV, we look at metrics V3 and V4.


Advisor

Organizational Agility: A Tool for Self-Assessment

by Claude Emond

We cannot measure organizational agility from a simple definition. We must break down this definition into some measurable elements and build a measurement tool around those elements. Luckily for us, many scholars and others have worked on developing such tools. In this Advisor, we explore one of them.