Yellow or dry leaves of a tree have more to do with its root, rather than its color, which is just an indication of need to water the roots. For a tree to flourish, to bear green leaves, with fruits, it’s the root that needs to be watered

This is to say, put focus and care into your core every day and then the rest of the things will simply flourish and express itself.

At times, we are too busy in discussing and analyzing things at a very high level, trying to improve the color of the yellow leaves of the trees, by applying patches, thereby ignoring watering its root.

We are so obsessed with achieving better results every time, that ,metrics, processes and numbers become the focus of discussion in the organization. We keep on doing the same thing again and again, and expect different results, every time.

Measure more, measure accurately, implement jazzy-flashy processes with new fashioned terminologies of promises of skyrocketing results, make everyone occupied, and reduce cost at any cost!

And most of the times, you get the same results, or even worse.

 

Here are some of the things,I believe, are watering the tree of Product Development that bear the fruits of success.

  • Focus on automated unit tests and refactoring the code every time you see an improvement opportunity, quality will take care of itself.
  • Focus on having open, honest and professional discussions with customers; trusted partnership will take care of itself.
  • Promote culture of failing fast and encourage making mistakes, time to market and innovation will take care of itself.
  • Implement the DNA of Value Flow into the organization, and cost will take care of itself.
  • Focus on respecting and improving skills of the people in your organization, the results will take care of itself
  • Destroy the cubicles , both physically and mentally,  and the waste will have a tough time to find a place.
  • Focus on building great teams; and great products will take care of itself.
 
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Outline/structure of the Session

The Presentation will be structured in 3 parts.

Part 1 : The drawbacks of organizational focus on Metrics/Measurements and how the management try to achieve  it any cost .

Part 2: The things that are essential for the teams to achive  their goals,and how they are buried under the metrics/measurements.

Part 3:Things that we should start/stop/continue doing. 

Learning Outcome

Discussions and heavy focus on measurements and metrics doesnt help teams/organizations achive their goals.The focus should be on the factors that are essential for the teams and organizations to succeed.

Target Audience

Agile Team Members , Extended team members

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  • Karthik Sirasanagandla
    By Karthik Sirasanagandla  ~  3 years ago
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    Hi Ashish, I think this proposal is a better fit for Agile-Lifecycle theme. As I see it, it's not about scaling but about being Agile genuinly. Thoughts?? Thanks. --Karthik

    • Ashish Mahajan
      By Ashish Mahajan  ~  3 years ago
      reply Reply

      Thanks for suggestion kartik.Yes, it can be move to Agile Lifecycle.

  • Ellen Grove
    By Ellen Grove  ~  3 years ago
    reply Reply

    Hi Ashish

    From your description, it seems your topic is better suited to the Agile Lifecycle stage, being more focused on what's going on within a team. Would you consider moving it to that theme for their consideration? 

    Or, elaborate on how this addresses the Scaling theme?

    Thanks!

    Ellen

    • Ashish Mahajan
      By Ashish Mahajan  ~  3 years ago
      reply Reply

      Hi Ellen,

      Sure. No Problem. I would consider moving  it to Agile Lifecycle stage.

      Regards

      Ashish

       

       

  • Nikhil Joshi
    By Nikhil Joshi  ~  3 years ago
    reply Reply

    Hi Ashish,

    "Part 2: The things that are essential for the teams to achive  their goals,and how they are buried under the metrics/measurements."

    One of the interesting question/answer I am looking forward from this session, "How will you go about measuring the success/progress of any agile transformation, if we get rid of most of the traditional metrics". Will you be addressing this question during the session?

     

    • Ashish Mahajan
      By Ashish Mahajan  ~  3 years ago
      reply Reply

      HI Nikhil,

      thanks for your question.

      In my opinion, if a team delivers a project successfully ,with the customer happy,and teams ready to work again in the same way in making a project successful is what I call a successful agile transformation.and yes I am going to talk more around this theme.


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