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Agile Tour Vilnius 2017 - Agility in the face of Perplexity (by Gunther Verheyen)

Closing keynote of the Agile Tour Vilnius event of 12 October 2017, by Gunther Verheyen.
Topic: "Agility in the face of Perplexity".

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Agile Tour Vilnius 2017 - Agility in the face of Perplexity (by Gunther Verheyen)

  1. 1. Gunther Verheyen, Ullizee-Inc Scrum. Connector, writer, speaker, humaniser. Agility in the face of perplexity Agile Tour Vilnius 12 October 2017 Vilnius (Lithuania)
  2. 2. 2Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee Before we start. Do we still need ‘Agile’? 1” ‘Agile’ dates from 2001. Is it therefore outdated? Raise your hand if you feel that today (2017): 1. ‘Agile’ is still worthwhile (and even more needed than ever). 2. ‘Agile’ doesn’t need to be renamed (it’s already difficult enough to explain as it is). 3. ‘Agile’ applies to software development only.
  3. 3. 3Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee Your company wants to embrace Agile. You are invited to come enlighten your CEO and the Management Team. The CIO claims to already know about this thing called Scrum. What is your approach? What do you say? e.g. • What is your definition of ‘Agile’? • How do you relate ‘Agile’ and Scrum? How do you then explain what ‘Agile’ is about? 2”
  4. 4. 4Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee My typical response (so far) Agile • The mind-set expressed through the value statements and the principles of the Agile Manifesto, http://agilemanifesto.org Scrum • A simple framework for complex product delivery, http://www.scrumguides.org More: Gunther Verheyen, “Agile and Scrum, actually (2015)”
  5. 5. 5Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee There may be many reasons to pursue agility. What is your #1 reason? Does your management know/agree? Starting with why often works better • Improved relationship with customers • Flexibility, easier to make changes • Improved productivity and quality • Taking advantage of market opportunities • Early elimination of risk • Early realization of value • Always knowing where you are in development • Elimination of overhead and waste • Create products that reach market faster and are more targeted • Increased Return on Investment • Reduced Total Cost of Ownership • Engagement of co-workers
  6. 6. 6Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee Agility (definition) - What it boils down to
  7. 7. 7Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee New Ways “ Rather than questioning, doubting and scorning, I aspire uncovering new ways, new words, to show the value and the originality of ‘Agile’. I do it for the purpose of clarity over the essence of ‘Agile’, to disentangle the clew that ‘Agile’ turned into. ”
  8. 8. “Complexity is our world. Simplicity is our path.” Gunther Verheyen
  9. 9. 9Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee Work variables The Complex Novelty Space Work spaces
  10. 10. 10Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee Work has shifted to the Complex Novelty Space “Our iceberg is melting and your cheese is being moved. At lightspeed. The balance of society has rapidly shifted from industrial, often physical, labor to digital, often virtual, work. Hence, the value of the Agile paradigm.”
  11. 11. 11Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee The impact of the work shift • There is no doubt that the world of human beings has always been complex; in terms of businesses, economical trade, power, relationships. However, the rate and scale at which the ruling complexity impacts us are unprecedented. • Technological evolutions are not slowing down and technology invades ever more aspects of life, changing the fabric of society and of our social systems.
  12. 12. 12Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee Perplexity (definition)
  13. 13. 13Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee ‘Agile’ is more needed than ever The Agile paradigm defines the new thinking and behavioral tools to navigate through the perplexity. Acting with agility is key to avoid perplexity turning into an inability to act.
  14. 14. 14Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee Burning questions for a positive definition of ‘Agile’ What is it that makes Scrum work? What is it that makes the Agile paradigm work? What does acting with agility include? What is needed to turn complexity into manageable perplexity?
  15. 15. 15Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee The Prime Agile Tenets Who How Why
  16. 16. 16Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee The Prime Agile Tenets – Collaboractive People People take a stance of continual ability and willingness to act in concerted ways, to actively engage in collaboration. People bring in skills and expertise, regardless position, title, hierarchy, or function. • Perspectives to “Collaboractive People” – Accountability – Professionalism – Teamware
  17. 17. 17Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee The Prime Agile Tenets – Deliberate Emergence More changes than remains stable in the Complex Novelty space. Predictions don’t work (anymore). Emergence prevails. Feedback is provoked deliberately. What works today, might not work tomorrow. • Perspectives to “Deliberate Emergence” – (Time-boxing) – (Feedback loops) – (The iterative-incremental continuum)
  18. 18. 18Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee The Prime Agile Tenets – Value for a Purpose Success is not in predicted big bang delivery, but in the continual optimization of value delivered through finished versions of product and end-to-end working results, frequently. What is important today, might not be tomorrow. • Perspectives to “Value for a Purpose” – (Measuring value, measuring agility) – (The value in valuation)
  19. 19. 19Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee • Collaboractive People – Accountability – Professionalism – Teamware • Deliberate Emergence – (Time-boxing) – (Feedback loops) – (The iterative-incremental continuum) • Value for a Purpose – (Measuring value, measuring agility) – (The value in valuation) Perspectives to the Prime Agile Tenets 2” What does ‘professionalism’ mean for you? How is it important in the Complex Novelty space?
  20. 20. 20Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee Is a craftsperson also a professional (and vice versa)? Professionalism encompasses technical and behavioral reliability; people that combine technical craftspersonship and personal integrity.
  21. 21. 21Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee Professionals in the Agile space Operating in the complex novelty space introduces some specific traits of professionalism: • Being craftspersonalities demonstrating a collaboractive stance (willingness to act in concerted ways). • Don’t represent complexity as ordered and predictable. • Do not promise certainty where there is none. • Do not pretend being able to predict the inherently unpredictable. • Do not mix up the path with a destination. • Present simple rules to emerge patterns, not misrepresent the problem as simple (which is simplistic).
  22. 22. 22Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee Growth in the complex novelty space Growth can be benign or malign. Consider how your organization balances the energy and resources spent. • Perspectives to “Growth” – (Servant Management) – (In the Agile Zone) – Team of Teams – The extreme org
  23. 23. 23Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee Agile (definition)
  24. 24. 24Gunther Verheyen – Ullizee-Inc, 2017 - @Ullizee About Gunther Verheyen Independent Scrum Caretaker • eXtreme Programming and Scrum since 2003 • Professional Scrum Trainer • Shepherded Professional Scrum and co-created Agility Path, EBMgt, the Nexus framework for Scaled Professional Scrum • Author of “Scrum – A Pocket Guide” (“Scrum Wegwijzer”, “Scrum Taschenbuch”) Mail gunther.verheyen@mac.com Twitter @Ullizee Blog http://guntherverheyen.com