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Three disciplines for sustainable Excellence

Recently, I was in a conversation with my colleague, Ms Chitra Gurjar, as an episode guest on the Software Lifecycle Stories podcast. The question I was asked was my take on Business Excellence and Knowledge Management. As that was an unscripted conversation, I had...
Making Meetings Effective and Productive

Making Meetings Effective and Productive

One of the comments that I hear very often is that adopting Agile practices results in too many ‘meetings’ and hence become counterproductive. When I observe some of these ‘meetings’, some common [anti-] patterns are found across teams [and...
Should I Start My Agile Journey with Kanban?

Should I Start My Agile Journey with Kanban?

This is one of the frequent questions that I get asked. In many instances, it is posed a little differently – from teams that started with scrum, as they felt they needed a lightweight process compared to more traditional approaches but find it difficult to get...
Making the SDLC safe – learning from the DuPont model

Making the SDLC safe – learning from the DuPont model

Recently I had the opportunity to lead an assessment of Business Excellence at one of the Navaratna units. This unit [and also others in the same organization] had started adoption of the DuPont model for safety. As I interacted with different participants in this...
Agile Metrics- an Oxymoron?

Agile Metrics- an Oxymoron?

One of the most frequently asked questions is ‘what are the right metrics for an Agile project?’ My response usually is something like this: Borrowing from a popular quote from George Box, the famous statistician, ‘All models are wrong. But, some are...