Author Archives: AlexYakyma

Recent Agile at Scale Austin Presentation

It was my great pleasure to present to the Agile@Scale community in Austin, TX. Our topics was “Enough Pointless Agility: Driving a Goal-Oriented Agile Transformation at Scale”. Here’s the PDF version of the presentation:  

Unmanaged Assumptions Are Killing Your Enterprise

Most organizations view their optimization goals in faster delivery, higher quality and so on. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as they align with the most pressing strategic objectives for the enterprise, of course. The real problem usually lies in how organizations imagine achieving the improvement itself, due to what factors they think they… Read More »

This Is Why Your Organization Can’t Be Agile

So… your organization is on their “Agile journey” for maybe a year or two or five? A lot has been done already in terms of new practices, quite a bit of money spent and a lot of conversations about new stuff. But deep inside you know perfectly well that something is fundamentally wrong with this… Read More »

The Key Predictor of Agile Mindset

  Who doesn’t talk about Agile these days? Who doesn’t mention that “Agile is mindset” lately? And why not, it’s a powerful statement. As it turns out, however, organizations are generally better with statements than with the actual action behind them. Multiple surveys consistently demonstrate that despite all advancements in new practices, the mindset and… Read More »

Optimization Cycle We So Badly Need

I can’t think of any large organization that wouldn’t aim at optimizing business outcomes; all of them have such intent. But boy, those improvement initiatives fail almost every time. I was always very curious as to why that happens. And then, upon examining a number of optimization initiatives I had access to, I found one… Read More »

Org Mindset Podcast. Metrics: Leading and Lagging Indicators.

I had a wonderful conversation with Sunil Mundra, Agile Evangelist, Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks, on metrics… More specifically: Leading and Lagging Indicators. Metrics are always the representation of current organizational thinking and therefore become a very important aspect of the Lean-Agile transformation, often representing a lot of challenge to the change agents. This conversation is… Read More »

No Single Answer: How Organizational Context Impacts Lean-Agile Transformation

Every transformation effort that does not take into account the unique organizational context is destined to stagnation. Join Alex Yakyma and Audrey Boydston to learn more about how to use organizational context to your advantage as a change agent and coach. As part of their webinar they will discuss the following topics: • What makes… Read More »