Author Archives: Janne Irmola

Job Description: Make the company rock!

Last week I was giving a presentation to some of our colleagues abroad. The presentation was about our Agile Transformation Journey. The material was heavily focused on the changes that we made to the practices, premises, teams and organization and … Continue reading

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Self-steering Hybrid Organization

We have seen many times in the past that even under the pressure of delayed project people refuse to take short-cuts in their work. They are obsessed with the quality of their work. Still you get 13,4 million hits for … Continue reading

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Agile Test Strategy and Structure

Agile and Lean thinking changed the way we develop software. That’s for sure. But I think it didn’t change the way we implement software so much that it changed the world around it. For example testing. There’s a lot of … Continue reading

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Improvement items in the Product Backlog

The Scrum Product Backlog is Product Owner’s tool to communicate customer’s needs to development Teams in a prioritized order. Unfortunately that is not so simple as it sounds: Backlog and the way it is implemented creates the boundaries of self-organization … Continue reading

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Decision Making and Informal Leadership

One cornerstones of Agile transformation is People Empowerment. In the past decisions were usually made by managers who base their decisions on discussions with the formal and informal leaders at all levels of the organization. With Agile we would like … Continue reading

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Delegation Game between Product Owner and Teams

In his Agile Management course Jurgen Appelo introduces the Delegation Game for managers to rehearse delegation of authority. The game is all about managers developing intuition in determining what delegation level to use in which situations. The game itself is … Continue reading

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