Stories of Success

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Start Up – Health Care Mobile App Development – innovative mobile-web app platform for consumer financial and healthcare benefits management.

  • Implemented simple business processes changes improving predictability and delivery by 200% in 6 weeks. 
  • Facilitated and established streamlined team practices for continuous planning, execution and delivery.
  • Enabled transparency, accountability and reporting in DevOps combining principles of SAFe/Scrum.

Start Up – IoT Platform helped build the most advanced Big Data, Data Science, Machine Learning and Industrial AI-IoT integrated platform.

  • Strengthened team dynamics and practices. Improved performance and delivery metrics in 6 weeks. 
  • Implemented Scrum/xP principles, processes and practices. Improved velocity by 200% in 4 weeks. 
  • Guided largest revenue client-program and team ~ $150 M. SAFe Program delivered ahead of plan with high customer satisfaction; inspiring the creation of a blueprint model for new business opportunities.

Start Up – Web – Mobile App Development – innovative platform for publishing, managing and distributing company reviews, ratings, location, business information online.

  • Influenced leadership decisions and actions. Improving employee experience and impacting client NPS. 
  • Improved transparency and optimized ALM tools for teams using Scrum, Kanban and DevOps continuous flow.
  • Implemented flexible and hybrid processes to better manage client deliverables, service level requests and product development workflows. Shortening issue resolution times from 32 days to 10 days.
  • Facilitated the delivery of the most complex set of BI & Big Data multi-tier apps in 3 months.
  • Developed curriculum, training materials and hosted off-site training on Agile, Lean and Kaizen. Streamlined product and client teams operations and increased IT teams velocity by 300%. 
  • Organized cross-functional collaboration efforts amongst business and technology teams. Partnered with PO’s to help expedite delivery. Achieving the highest customer satisfaction on record (yoy) in six months.
  • Guided DevOps teams on the implementation of Continuous Integration test automation tools, enabling continuous delivery. Expedited product feature releases to production from 4 weeks to 2 weeks.

Large – Product / Manufacturing Company. Largest Gaming Company – New Product Development (NPD) and Lean Manufacturing (LM) efforts for the most profitable product lines.                                                                                     

  • Enabled a Hybrid Agile Roadmap / Portfolio Level Planning Reporting – Enabling Visibility and Transparency at the Portfolio Level and across Product / Delivery Release Trains Recovered 1000+ man hours per year.
  • Directed the group-wide adoption, data migration, training and transition into PlanView Enterprise. completing migration and transition ahead of plan, eliminating 75% of the project administration work
  • Recipient of 2013 Above and Beyond and April’s Employee of the Month Award for delivering business value solutions through software application enhancements in PlanView. 
  • Implemented a Kanban Product Development Processes. Eliminating 10% of project execution overhead.
  • Realized KPI metrics to assess status and manage project delivery. Completing 100% of projects on plan.
  • Inventor – Patent 8545305 Awarded on 10/1/13.

Is your GTM (Go-To-Market)Strategy Agile?

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Is your GTM (Go-To-Market)Strategy Agile? It should be.

A quick recap:

1-Best-in-class Go-to-Market (GTM) strategies must be #agile and take into account the complex customer journey and changing market conditions.

2-A cross-team #planning strategy or “RevOps” team should drive and insure the GTM Strategy enables change and alignment on goals and outcomes across all teams.

3-A GTM planning and execution must be fueled by #technology and driven by metrics and data that helps you understand impacts and make better decisions to shore off your organization’s bottom line. #agile #planning #businessagility #agility#technology. All kinds of goodness on this article, please read. https://lnkd.in/dR5RKd3

Happy teams perform best

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Motivated and engaged individuals are at the heart teams delivering successful projects, products and initiatives. Success is not just highly dependent on the happiness and skill-set of a team but on their ability to establish a continuous flow of outcomes that “positively impacts” their stakeholders and clients. Bellow 5 ingredients vital for building high performing teams; #1 Focused: Small enough to be effective, with multi-disciplinary roles and driven to deliver value #2 Co-creative Collaborative: Having a shared ability to contribute independently while maintaining a team flow #3 Built unity and cohesiveness in the system: Flexibility, Dynamism and Continuous Communication throughout your entire “ecosystem” #4 Visualize the whole: success can be best achieved by clearly identifying problems and bottlenecks, simplifying paths for decision making, and doing less and finishing more #5 “A vision”: Everyone is aligned; with a vested interest in outlining goals around objectives and outcomes with and understanding on what “I”, “We” and “The company” need to do. For more read – https://lnkd.in/enxVCtt and Go ahead Enable Agility. #businessagility #agilecoaching #agilecoach #agility #agilemindset #team

Lean Agility

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Business Process Transformation

Lean Agility helps traditional business adapt their existing processes and envision new goals leveraging a mix on Lean and Agile principles. Achieving and maintaining excellent performance requires an approach that supports continuous process improvement and optimization.

3ptstobeagile approach to Lean-Agile process improvement has helped businesses in various industries to streamline operations, improve quality, reduce cycle times and costs.

Our experts work collaboratively with clients to quickly identify new opportunities while eliminating waste. We partner with you to rapidly reengineer core business processes so that teams can do their jobs faster, smarter and more easily. 

Lean Agility Business Process Redesign

Process Analysis

As businesses evolve, signs of process weakness are common.  Higher processing costs, more frequent quality issues, mistakes, delays, workarounds and frequent exception handling are all signs that a process is due for tune-up. A careful study of your business processes will help you close the gap between what processes are currently delivering and what they must consistently deliver.

Process Documentation

Processes are only as good as your ability to repeatedly execute them.  Process Documentation – from Workflows to Standard Operating Procedures – is a key component of preparing your resources to deliver time and again.  They provide clear ways to communicate expectations, support training and build a foundation for continuous monitoring and improvement.

Process Development

Almost all business change requires process development.  New initiatives, technologies, and resources require work to be done in new ways.  3ptstobeagile focus, as always, is on making sure the right work is being done by the right people in the most effective way possible, and that you are getting the most value from your resources.

Business Process Reengineering

When existing processes are no longer the best approach to meeting your objectives, they must be reengineered to keep pace with change and create opportunities for improved results. 3ptstobeagile Business Process Reengineering Method has helped teams in various functional areas to reengineer processes that are impacting speed, cost and quality.

Process Monitoring

3ptstobeagile Process Monitoring helps to ensure that today’s results contribute to ongoing success.  Process Monitoring builds proactive tools into processes to allow for continual checks of progress and the quality of results.  We understands the need to get the most out of your processes and can help you build systematic reviews into your core business processes.

Process Improvement Training

3ptstobeagile success in Business Process Management has come from years of helping leading organizations make their processes work for them.  Is it time you grow your staff’s abilities and bring some of this experience and insight in-house? If you’re serious about continuous improvement, let 3ptstobeagile teach your team how to differentiate between effective and ineffective processes and then go after improvements that make a difference.

Agile Change Management

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Organizational Change can become a major risk of failure when implementing new business strategies. Enabling Opportunities for successful change requires change in people skills, the adoption of new mindsets, processes and technologies.

Agile Change Management is the key to making sure the desired outcomes stick with strong adoption and true conversion.

3ptstobeagile approach uses Lean-Agile methods along with traditional organizational and change management practices to support the entire organizational stack during the transitions; people, products, processes, and technologies.

Business Processes Optimization

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While every business has unique processes, they all start with a common goal – to deliver high-quality, repeatable results as efficiently as possible.  However, as policies change, resources turn over, technology is enhanced, and services are added, existing processes become less viable over time.  Achieving and maintaining excellent performance requires an approach that supports continuous process improvement and optimization.

3ptstobeagile approach to process improvement has helped businesses in various industries to boost quality, speed cycle times and reduce costs. Our experts work collaboratively with clients to quickly identify the excess steps, unnecessary approvals, exceptions, and workarounds that prevent progress. Then, working together, we rapidly reengineer core business processes so that teams can do their jobs faster, smarter and more easily.  We call it Rapid Process RedesignTM.  The end result?  Better business performance overall.

Agile Business Process Redesign

Process Analysis

As businesses evolve, signs of process weakness are common.  Higher processing costs, more frequent quality issues, mistakes, delays, workarounds and frequent exception handling are all signs that a process is due for tune-up. A careful study of your business processes will help you close the gap between what processes are currently delivering and what they must consistently deliver.

Process Documentation

Processes are only as good as your ability to repeatedly execute them.  Process Documentation – from Workflows to Standard Operating Procedures – is a key component of preparing your resources to deliver time and again.  They provide clear ways to communicate expectations, support training and build a foundation for continuous monitoring and improvement.

Process Development

Almost all business change requires process development.  New initiatives, technologies, and resources require work to be done in new ways.  3ptstobeagile focus, as always, is on making sure the right work is being done by the right people in the most effective way possible, and that you are getting the most value from your resources.

Business Process Reengineering

When existing processes are no longer the best approach to meeting your objectives, they must be reengineered to keep pace with change and create opportunities for improved results. 3ptstobeagile Business Process Reengineering Method has helped teams in various functional areas to reengineer processes that are impacting speed, cost and quality.

Process Monitoring

3ptstobeagile Process Monitoring helps to ensure that today’s results contribute to ongoing success.  Process Monitoring builds proactive tools into processes to allow for continual checks of progress and the quality of results.  We understands the need to get the most out of your processes and can help you build systematic reviews into your core business processes.

Process Improvement Training

3ptstobeagile success in Business Process Management has come from years of helping leading organizations make their processes work for them.  Is it time you grow your staff’s abilities and bring some of this experience and insight in-house? If you’re serious about continuous improvement, let 3ptstobeagile teach your team how to differentiate between effective and ineffective processes and then go after improvements that make a difference.

Agile Change Management

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We specialize in leading organizational transformations and business and process change

Organizational Change can become a major risk of failure when implementing new business strategies. Enabling Opportunities for successful change requires change in people skills, the adoption of new mindsets, processes and technologies.

Agile Change Management is the key to making sure the desired outcomes stick with strong adoption and true conversion.

3ptstobeagile approach uses Lean-Agile methods along with traditional organizational and change management practices to support the entire organizational stack during the transitions; people, products, processes, and technologies.

Frameworkless Agility Concept

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Frameworkless Agility: 8 Questions to ask before implementing an Agile Framework

During my talk at the Agile Coach Summit in Chicago some attendees joined me in a discussion about: “Frameworkless Agility”. Within the context of Agile Adoption, we began to explore what it would look like without SAFe or Scrum. We wrote down questions like: What does Agile mean to you? What problem are we trying to solve? What behaviors do we want? And, Why are we doing Agile?

What is Frameworkless Agility?

Frameworkless Agility is about focusing on the essentials of Agile beyond the constraints of frameworks.

Why Frameworkless Agility?

Some of the most successful “Agile” organizations today have figured out a way to scale practices by evolving traditional frameworks. Frameworkless Agility is about people, finding purpose and enabling Agility by leveraging various Lean-Agile frameworks, principles and methods. The implementation of “Agile” will transform your organization. However, we believe to increase your chances of success you should adapt and evolve SAFe, Scrum, LeSS, etc. practices and guidelines to your business context and environment.

As you research for the right model to bring Agility to your organization, make sure to enlist the help of an Agile expert who can help your organization be Agile.

Below are 8 questions to ask before implementing an Agile Framework (gathered during the ACS).

Note: To make this post fun I included some funny answers. I’m hoping these can help guide you through a path of a successful adoption and implementation of Agile. 

1-What does Agile mean to you?

Is it about Doing Scrum!

2-What problem are we trying to solve?

We need to be more responsive to our clients. Instead of sprints let’s use a Kanban Board.

 3-What behaviors do we want?

We need the developer to be transparent regarding how long developing the feature will take. Let’s do Time Tracking in Jira!

4-What do we think we need to do to make it work?

We need to re-organize our organization chart and update the roles to align with SAFe. Let’s train all the leads, get some coaches, change titles, roles and go!

 5-Can we talk about what Agile really means?

 It means we should deliver value faster!

 6-Why are we doing Agile?

We need to improve our response time. With Agile we can reduce or eliminate planning!

7-What outcome are you thinking of?

We want to improve quality! Let’s track defects and bugs!

8-What do you want to become?

We want to become competitive and grow. We need a Scalable Framework!

If any of this seem like something you would do when implementing Agile, then maybe we should talk.

Special thanks to: Chris, Ingrid, Ben, Faye and all other collaborators who outline these questions. I will be sharing more on these ideas during my upcoming talk @AgileDayChicago this Friday. What does Frameworkless Agility mean to you? Tweet: #frameworklessagility @3ptstoBeAgile or send me an email to: 3ptstoBeAgile.com@gmail.com.

References:

Going Beyond Agility with Antifragility – Feb 09, 2015 by Ben Linders on

Building Antifragile Relationships and Teams – November 3, 2014 by Jake Calabrese

“Push Right” From Agile to Antifragile – Aug 18, 2015 by Roland McLain-Smith

Frameworkless Agility Talk – 9/16 – Agile Coaching Summit Chicago, 2017