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Quick Guidance

Thinking of having an expert help out with a specific Agile-related need? Call on us.

Along the Agile journey, certain needs will arise for which training and coaching are not the best solutions. Even do-it-yourself companies sometimes appreciate an outsider’s involvement, especially someone who’s helped other companies in similar situations. Our popular services include:

Agility Assessment / Health Check

If continuous improvement has stalled, or team results aren’t where you’d like them, we’ll help you gain traction. We’ll assess the entire ecosystem, examining such aspects as culture, teams’ ways of working, management practices, agility across the value stream, IT-business interactions, leadership approaches, technical debt, and safety. We go well beyond providing a “state of Agile” picture and recommend a practical roadmap and high-value actions toward your desired goal, identify challenges, and discuss mitigation strategies. We’re quick with this service (it usually takes just a few days), and we don’t tie up people’s time in long meetings.

 

“We asked Gil to help us figure out how our talented, passionate team could become a cohesive unit. He only spent two days with us, but people were blown away by how spot-on his observations were, and how he made people very comfortable discussing even the most uncomfortable topics. Using his findings and recommendations, we are now working collaboratively on putting together a roadmap to becoming a better, more effective Agile team. This engagement was well worth the investment!” — Andrei Cornienco, VP Software Engineering & Infrastructure, Pethealth

 

Interested? Ask Gil Broza for a sample of an assessment’s review meeting.

Agile for Non-Software Teams

Are you leading a non-software group, and finding the promise of Agile appealing? Not sure what’s a good way to adopt it?

 

While Agile is applicable to many pursuits outside of software (or technology as a whole), its implementation may look nothing like it often does in software. In fact, popular mechanics (such as sprints and user stories) and frameworks (such as Scrum) may not be suitable for you. You need an implementation that works in your specific context.

 

Call on us, and we’ll take your group through the right conversations, guide and advise at critical junctures, and help you design a practical implementation that sticks.

The Best Agile Implementation for YOUR Situation

If you’d like to be Agile with your next major undertaking but the situation is complicated, we’ll help you customize Agile to your context. We’ll work with the key players on alignment around values, constraints, and assumptions. We’ll guide the design of a suitable workflow, effective team structure, and good practices. And we’ll help you facilitate a successful kick-off to make all of that real.

 

Read a case study of doing this at one of Canada’s largest banks.

Executive Briefing on Agile

If your executives want candid, realistic, and unbiased responses to their concerns, look no further. In this 2-3 hour session with your senior leadership, we’ll establish a shared, accurate understanding of the Agile paradigm; express the needs, expectations, pitfalls, and implications of an Agile transformation; and discuss workable strategies and tactics for leading the change.

 

Important: We are not affiliated with any large consulting group or certification scheme, so when we say unbiased, we mean unbiased.

Facilitation of Turnaround Events

If a key milestone of a large initiative is coming up, consider holding a plenary workshop before starting work on the next phase. The purpose may be to draw lessons from the last few months, to improve on some dimension of work, or to consider deep changes for the next few months.

 

Critical to this event is to get all the participants — not just management — to do the thinking, collaborating, and deciding. We’ve facilitated many such events, and even though they’re short (rarely longer than a day), they’ve all resulted in visible increases in engagement, satisfaction, and performance. If you want greater self-organization and empowerment, such an event is the best vehicle for your intent.

 

We will collaborate with you on planning a successful workshop: purpose, agenda, invitation, deliverables, process, etc. And if you prefer, we will facilitate it for you (such events must be led by experienced facilitators.)

Pay-As-You-Go Agile Consulting

If your organization is adopting Agile unassisted and you’re hitting a snag, wanting a sounding board, or looking for independent advice, contact us. Spend a half-hour, one-hour, or even half a day with Gil Broza on the phone and get the answers you need.

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