Agile Management: Leadership in an Agile Environment by Ángel Medinilla

By Ángel Medinilla

When you have attempted to enforce Agile on your association, you've gotten most likely realized much approximately improvement practices, teamwork, procedures and instruments, yet too little approximately find out how to deal with such a company. but managerial aid is usually the largest obstacle to effectively adopting Agile, and proscribing your Agile efforts to these of the advance groups whereas doing an analogous old-style administration will dramatically restrict the facility of your company to arrive the following Agile level.

Ángel Medinilla offers you a finished knowing of what Agile capability to a firm and the manager’s position in such an atmosphere, i.e., the best way to deal with, lead and encourage self-organizing groups and the way to create an Agile company tradition. in response to his heritage as a “veteran” Agile advisor for firms of all sizes, he grants insights and studies, issues out attainable pitfalls, offers sensible techniques and attainable eventualities, additionally together with exact feedback for additional reading.

If you're a supervisor, staff chief, evangelist, switch agent (or no matter what great identify) and so that you can push Agile additional on your association, then this is often your ebook. you are going to learn tips on how to swap the paradigm of what administration is set: it's not approximately arbitrary judgements, consistent supervision and growth keep an eye on, and the negotiation of fixing specifications. it really is approximately motivation, self-organization, accountability, and the exploitation of all undertaking stakeholders’ wisdom. we are living in a distinct global than the one who so much administration specialists of the 20 th century describe, and firms that attempt for fulfillment and excellence will want a new form of supervisor – Agile managers.

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When you look at true Kanban systems, you realize that they address the need to understand value, see the whole value stream, help the system flow, work under pull events, and improve the whole. So Kanban is possibly the simplest way to implement the five root principles of Lean with a single tool! The NUMMI Experiment: Lean Everywhere 33 Again, this is not a book on Agile or Lean tools, but you will find very valuable resources on Kanban and other Lean tools at the end of this chapter. The NUMMI Experiment: Lean Everywhere At the beginning of the studies on the Japanese production methods, some Lean skeptics argued that this kind of productivity was only possible in Japanese environments, where the workforce was so alienated and submissive that they will work themselves to death.

So, as promised by the Manifesto, the worst thing that can happen is to finish up exactly as you were before implementing Agile. But, on the way, Agile has given you a new series of options you did not have before – like start using the 66% of the most important features before the final release. Also, having a working product as soon as possible helps the client see what he actually needs, thus having better information than when you ask him to write on a document what he will need in the future.

Mahatma Gandhi 10. Develop exceptional people and teams who follow your company’s philosophy. Again, the Lean concept around people is to make them responsible for the process. Empowerment and ownership are frequent terms when describing people’s behavior in a Lean environment. As stated in the previous principle, Lean leaders are devoted not to command and control their people but to inspire the purpose, principles, and values that lead to the desired results. The 14 Principles of the Toyota Production System 29 “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders.

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