Register for the Tuesday March 8,
2016 SIM-Next Meetup
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
3:00 pm - Registration and networking
3:30 - 4:15
Beverage and Appetizer included
Original Brooklyn's at Mile High
2644 West Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO
Think Fast, Act Faster - Management Leadership
in the Agile World
Steve Wille, Author and Principal Consultant, Colorful
rapid change caused by the internet, software development
requires speed above all else. Slower techniques are giving way
to faster techniques such as agile software development. We will
explore ways to apply these agile techniques and principles to
all business endeavors, especially projects where faster
completion creates a competitive edge.
In the agile world, simplicity is important because the goal is
to reduce the total amount of work that must be done. Good
design anticipates change, even late in development process.
Agile teams are self-organizing where innovation can emerge in
The highest priority of agile development is to satisfy the
customer through early and continuous delivery of completed
work. All parties must work together, preferably with
face-to-face conversation. The people doing the work need a
supportive and enabling environment. Throughout every project,
the team takes time to reflect and adjust behavior
Effective metrics are important to every business process, but
take care to measure the right things because we tend to get
what we measure. In the agile world, the thing that counts is
the delivery of completed work, and it must be delivered
frequently, at a sustainable rate. No one cares about lines of
code, hours worked, or other meaningless measures.
These principles can apply to all business processes. There is
nothing in the Agile Manifesto about scrum masters or daily
standup meetings. These are techniques that are evolving to
achieve agility in software development. Other techniques can
evolve in other fields, with the same agile strategy and
Forget about simple slogans like, “Work smarter, not harder.”
Working faster is harder, but it has its rewards. Every project
and every business operation is different. Working faster
requires some thinking and planning on how to approach the
situation. We will offer a decision tree on when to apply
fundamentally different techniques to achieve the goal of
getting there faster, and then explore the specific techniques,
such as agile software development and continuous improvement.
trees for picking the best fit for tools that could speed up
a particular project or process.
apply Agile Software Development principles in business
functions other than software development.
pick and choose which agile techniques to use in your
organization. The goal is to deliver value faster, not to
implement a particular methodology or best practice.
author and principal consultant of Colorful Leadership, has over
25 years experience in corporate information technology
management. His article on Constructive Conflict has been
published internationally. Steve is a PMP (Project Management
Professional) and has developed multiple large information
technology systems from the ground up. Steve's MBA degree is
from Regis University in Denver, and his BSBA degree is from the
University of Denver.
2644 W. Colfax Ave. is a
frontage road, South of the Bronco Football stadium. Just across
the street from the south parking lot, Sports Authority Field at
Mile High. From I-25 or Federal Blvd, approach the stadium
on 17th Ave. and head south on Mile High Stadium Drive. Go
under new Colfax Ave. to old Colfax Ave.