• Issue 70 - July 15, 2016


    Driving Innovation at Land Rover Using Lean

    Modern automotive engineering is extremely complex. A new vehicle can take 2-4 years to develop, with an estimated cost of delay of about $2 million per day. Shortening feedback loops and minimising handoff delays can have a considerable impact in reducing product lead time. Here’s how Kanban is being implemented across new vehicle development projects at Jaguar Land Rover to improve time, cost and quality.


    What’s the Real Strength of Scrum?

    What connects you to Scrum? What of Scrum frustrated you the most so far? What has proven to be the strength of Scrum the past 20 years? What should be the focus of Scrum the upcoming 20 years? What is a small improvement that could be added to Scrum? All very good questions. Here’s what people think about these.


    How to Understand Backwards, but Live Forwards?

    Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forward, said Soren Kierkegaard. We work in the present, we don’t create a convenient excuse of an idealised future state. Until we change the way we describe the past we can’t create a new future. Here’s why.


    Retrospective on Steroids

    You have been doing Agile for a few years now. With a regular cadence you have retrospectives and a lot of problems and great improvement opportunities are raised but you don’t seem to really improve. Here’s a technique to put your retrospectives on steroids with the Toyota Kata.


    How Good Product Owners Collaborate with Teams?

    The development team is a key partner for every product manager and product owner: the team designs and builds the actual product. But it’s not always easy to effectively guide and work with the team. Here are 8 tips to make your collaboration with the development team even more effective.


    10 Statements from Mature Agile Teams

    A team that’s getting better, more mature, functions quite differently than any other team environment. Let’s say you observe a team closely. What sort of signs would you look for? What should stands out? Here are 10 statements (signs) that’d tell you that the team is rather mature and is getting better.


    Smart Onboarding Makes Teams Smart. Fast.

    Hiring great people is expensive. Losing them because you didn’t provide them with enough support to get up to speed will cost you double. Onboarding shouldn’t be an afterthought. Onboarding will reduce turnover and improve success of new hires, and retain and engage existing employees by offering them opportunities to mentor. How to make it better? Have a look.


    Agile Summer 2016 Reading List

    Let’s say you asked your team members and colleagues to share their top picks for summer reading. What’d they suggest? Here’s a  list is full of inspirational gems.