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Lean-Agile Portfolio Management with Systems Thinking Maximizes the Flow of Value

Oct 18, 2017 | Juha-Markus Aalto

It’s not too hard to get a senior executive to buy in Lean, at least on a superficial level. Reducing waste, building quality in, nurturing a culture for respecting people, encouraging innovation, focusing on the lead times and relentless improvement – yes, sounds good! The essence of flow, the changing role of leadership … hmm … those tend to require a bit more digesting.

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A short history of software quality

Mar 27, 2017 | Esko Hannula

 

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6 SAFe® practices that make sense also for S sized teams

Feb 14, 2017 | Juha-Markus Aalto

SAFe – Scaled Agile Framework® – was created to tackle the challenges of M – XXL sized projects. Such projects consist of several agile teams having in total from ~50-100 up to hundreds or even thousands of practitioners. How about S sized projects with just one or a few teams, is there anything in SAFe for them or is Scrum just enough? If the team is a relatively independent pure software team and the project is short, Scrum (or Kanban) would be the way to go. However, an S sized team can benefit from selected SAFe practices at least under the following circumstances:

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Working in Finland - Google Guru Joined Qentinel

Jan 11, 2017 | Mia Sinisalo

During the autumn 2016, Qentinel opened a new office in Tampere where almost 10 people work in Qentinel’s R&D and digital quality assurance consultancy. “Our aim was to hire new kind of talents with international experience,” tells Juha-Markus Aalto, who runs Qentinel’s Tampere office. “We succeeded in this and found top-level experts.”

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How development teams work in the Economy of Speed

Jun 14, 2016 | Hannele Kuitunen

 

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Silo breaking? - Hold Your Horses

Mar 07, 2016 | Esko Hannula

“Organization silos are bad! Break the silos!”

I was probably 22 when I first heard about the existence of organization silos, isolated functional units that operate their own empire without knowing and without caring about the surrounding silos. I was told that silos are bad and should be broken. At that time, the magic that was meant to destroy the silos was called “business process re-engineering”.

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