126 episodes

Adopting new ways of working like Agile and DevOps often falters further up the organization. Even in smaller organizations, it can be hard to get right. In this podcast, we are discussing the art and science of definitely, maybe achieving business agility in your organization.

Definitely, Maybe Agile Peter Maddison and Dave Sharrock

    • Business

Adopting new ways of working like Agile and DevOps often falters further up the organization. Even in smaller organizations, it can be hard to get right. In this podcast, we are discussing the art and science of definitely, maybe achieving business agility in your organization.

    Ep. 126: Beyond Dedicated Teams and Embracing Change

    Ep. 126: Beyond Dedicated Teams and Embracing Change

    This week, we explore the surprising shift away from dedicated teams, a cornerstone of traditional agile practices. Our hosts, Peter and Dave, unpack the challenges organizations face, including resistance to change, disruptive reorganizations, and the ever-present struggle to secure buy-in. We'll also discuss practical strategies to navigate these challenges, emphasizing the importance of incremental steps, clear communication, and building trust.

    This week's takeaways:
    Dedicated teams are no longer a guaranteed starting point.Build trust, use clear language, and focus on small.Prioritize creating value over disruptive reorganizationsJoin us as we explore how to embrace agile principles and achieve success, even in the face of resistance. We love to hear your feedback! If you have questions or would like to suggest a topic, please feel free to contact us at feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com.

    • 13 min
    Ep. 125: Switching perspectives between big picture and operational thinking

    Ep. 125: Switching perspectives between big picture and operational thinking

    Navigating through the murky waters of system bottlenecks and feedback loops can be daunting. In this episode, we scrutinize how these bottlenecks can strangle a system's potential and discuss methods for their identification and alleviation. We also highlight the importance of acknowledging long-cycle feedback and confronting resistance to change, underscored by the vital role of those who adeptly bridge the gap between systemic understanding and practical application. Join us as we provide strategies to transform challenges into opportunities for triumph, crucial for anyone invested in organizational optimization.

    This week's takeaways:
    Bridging the perspective gapBehavioral Influences on Organizational DynamicsBeware of Resistance and Long-Term ChallengesNon-believers in change or the system Subscribe and tune in for an enlightening journey that extends beyond theories, equipping you with the tools necessary to steer your organization through the transformative tides of digital, agile, and DevOps methodologies. If you have questions or would like to suggest a topic, please feel free to contact us at feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com.

    • 16 min
    Ep. 124: Transforming Leadership with Data-Driven Decision Making

    Ep. 124: Transforming Leadership with Data-Driven Decision Making

    Unlock the power of data in shaping your organization's future as we tear down the myths surrounding data-driven decision-making. We dissect the essential cultural shift necessary for integrating data analytics into the heart of business strategy, steering clear of reliance on gut feelings or misleading numbers. We dive into practical applications, from planning poker to interpreting customer experience metrics. We provide the knowledge to avoid common data interpretation pitfalls, such as those exemplified by the beer game in supply chain management.


    For those striving to guide intuition-driven leaders towards a more data-informed approach, our dialogue offers inventive tactics for leveraging trusted allies and fostering a climate of persistent, creative persuasion. 


    This week's takeaways:
    Data-driven vs. number-driven decision making: Data alone isn't enough. Context and understanding of statistical deviations are crucial for sound judgments.Overcoming resistance to data-driven decisions: Inflexible leaders pose a challenge. Directly challenging their intuition might be ineffective. Empowering teams and managing technical debt: Create short feedback cycles to enable rapid decision-making and results demonstration.

    Resources:
    Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions - https://a.co/d/dzojO5k
    Jeff Bezos- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub585Pn4yro


    Tune in to transform how you harness data for smart, insightful leadership decisions. We love to hear your feedback! If you have questions or would like to suggest a topic, please feel free to contact us at feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com.

    • 21 min
    Ep. 123: Does Agile Cause Developer Burnout?

    Ep. 123: Does Agile Cause Developer Burnout?

    Could Agile methodologies be the villain behind developer burnout, or is it time to put the blame elsewhere? Strap in as Peter Maddison and David Sharrock pull back the curtain on the true antagonists in the saga of developer fatigue. This episode isn't about finger-pointing; it's about unveiling the systemic issues that lead to overworked teams and debunking the myth that Agile practices are inherently at fault. We're on a mission to shift the focus from flawed productivity metrics to the lived experiences of developers, advocating for a workplace ecosystem that values well-being as much as it does output.

    This week's takeaways:
    System Over Agile: Burnout in developers isn't caused by Agile itself but by systemic issues within the organization.Curiosity Beats Assumptions: Prioritize curiosity over jumping to conclusions, as it leads to a deeper understanding of complex problems.Experience Matters: Consider both developer productivity and experience, as focusing solely on productivity metrics may miss important qualitative aspects of developer well-being.
    Join us on a thought-provoking journey as we dissect the nuanced relationship between leadership, incentives, and workplace behaviors. Far from a one-sided debate, we consider how effective leadership and the right organizational incentives can create an environment that not only encourages productivity but also ensures the sustainability of its workforce. Peter and David don't just skim the surface; they dig deep into the complexities that drive developer burnout and explore the intricate dance of factors that can make or break the health of a tech team. Tune in and gain insight into crafting a more supportive and resilient work culture. 

     We love to hear your feedback! If you have questions or would like to suggest a topic, please feel free to contact us at feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com.

    • 11 min
    Ep. 122: Has the agile shine worn off in the sprawling corridors of big business?

    Ep. 122: Has the agile shine worn off in the sprawling corridors of big business?

    Has the agile shine worn off in the sprawling corridors of big business? In this episode, we unpack the startling findings from Digital AI's latest state of agile survey that show people's satisfaction with their organization's agile practices. Join us as we scrutinize the complexities that have dulled the luster of agile methodologies and debate the crucial adjustments needed to reignite its promise. From the necessity of strong leadership advocacy to the bespoke tailoring of agile for the multifaceted needs of large organizations, we lay bare the pivotal elements in crafting a triumphant agile metamorphosis.
    This week's takeaways:
    Technical Adoption Curve: Expect a decline in satisfaction as Agile reaches a broader audience, particularly the late majority, causing discomfort and peaking expectations.Organizational Size Matters: Satisfaction correlates with organizational size. Agile is a significant improvement in smaller organizations, but in larger ones, it becomes one tool among many, increasing the risk of misapplication.Not All or Nothing: Agile is not an all-or-nothing solution. In larger organizations, it coexists with different methodologies, challenging the idea of a universal fix and emphasizing the need for tailored solutions based on context.Resources:
    Agile development is fading in popularity at large enterprises - and developer burnout is a key factor- https://www.itpro.com/software/agile-development-is-fading-in-popularity-at-large-enterprises-and-developer-burnout-is-a-key-factor

    Join us for an episode that will broaden your understanding of how large enterprises can adapt and embrace a more efficient and fulfilling agile culture. We love to hear your feedback! If you have questions or would like to suggest a topic, please feel free to contact us at feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com.

    • 14 min
    Ep. 121: Decoding the Intersection of Agile, DevOps, and ITSM

    Ep. 121: Decoding the Intersection of Agile, DevOps, and ITSM

    Embark on an enlightening journey with Peter Madison and David Sharrock as they tackle the ever-evolving world of service delivery. From the bustling crossroads of Agile, DevOps, and ITSM, they dissect the common confusions that arise from industry jargon, ensuring that when they speak of 'service', everyone is nodding in agreement. Promises of clarity in this tangled web of terminologies are fulfilled as they lay bare the distinctions between product and service delivery – a must-hear for those navigating the intricate paths of modern organizational structures.

    As the episode unfolds, Peter and Dave navigate the critical processes of incident response, problem management, and change management. They consider how these elements, integral to the IT service framework, come into play with Agile and DevOps methodologies. The dialogue weaves through the importance of maintaining system stability while managing risk, and the role of context in understanding the various perspectives and terminologies that often lead to confusion.

    This week's takeaways:
    Context-Driven Application of FrameworksRecognition of Overlapping IntersectionsHolistic Thinking for Organizational Change
    We love to hear feedback! If you have questions, would like to propose a topic, or even join us for a conversation, contact us here: feedback@definitelymaybeagile.com

    • 15 min

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