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Creating Agile Organizations Interview with Cesario Ramos

25 November 2022

Diego Callizo interviewed Cesario Ramos about his new book. We kept the interview short (20′) and to the point. Here are some of the insights: -How can managers benefit from this book?-The risk of rolling back #change-Ratio of organisations transforming successfully.-Why transformations never end?

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What does your Team Optimize For?

11 November 2022

What does your Team Optimize For? The canvas below shows four characteristics of development teams. On the y-axis, you can plot the level of cross domain work your team picks up. It goes from working on a Single Domain (top) to working on the Whole Product Domain ( bottom ). On the x-axis, you can […]

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Creating Agile Organisations

30 September 2022

Below is an excerpt from the introduction of the book: Creating Agile Organizations. A Systems Thinking Approach to Creating an Agile Organization  Why do people repeat the same unsuccessful behavior in organizations? Why do certain problems in organizations seem to appear again and again? Why aren’t improvement actions leading to the expected results? What is […]

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Designing the Product Owner Role

12 June 2022

The eighth blog, in a blog series about the upcoming book: Creating Agile Organizations – A Systemic Approach, by Cesario Ramos & Ilia Pavlichenko. In this blog, a short description of one workshop from Chapter 11: Guiding The Product Ownership. Avoid Product-Part Owners Misconceptions about the Product Owner (PO) role often lead to reduced agility, development […]

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Guiding Teams in Multi-Skill Development

12 June 2022

The seventh blog, in a blog series about the upcoming book: Creating Agile Organizations – A Systemic Approach, by Cesario Ramos & Ilia Pavlichenko. Individual and Team Performance A Scrum Team is multidisciplinary and contains a whole arsenal of skills and competencies to deliver value to users. The workload on a single specialty is mostly uneven […]

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Guiding the organization in multi-skill development

23 May 2022

The sixth blog, in a blog series about the upcoming book: Creating Agile Organizations – A Systemic Approach, by Cesario Ramos & Ilia Pavlichenko. A successful team works together towards serving the business goals. The team skills required to do that are always changing. For example, a top technology at the moment will likely not be […]

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How to Launch your Product Group

23 May 2022

The fifth blog, in a blog series about the upcoming book: Creating Agile Organizations – A Systemic Approach, by Cesario Ramos & Ilia Pavlichenko. Blog post How You Can Define Your Product Group described how to create an initial definition of the product by examining organizational functions and components and considering their dependency types. In this blog, we […]

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The Critical Agile Organization Change Guidelines

23 May 2022

Fourth blog, in a blog series about the upcoming book: Creating Agile Organizations – A Systemic Approach, by Cesario Ramos & Ilia Pavlichenko. Resisting change during adoption is a normal human reaction. It is not a sign that a team or a particular department lacks courage or abilities. Also, it is not necessarily a sign […]

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How you can define your product group

3 May 2022

The third blog, in a blog series about the upcoming book: Creating Agile Organizations – A Systemic Approach, by Cesario Ramos & Ilia Pavlichenko. What is a Product? A commonly used definition of a product is “something that is made to be sold.”  “A product is anything that can be offered to a market that might […]

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The Critical Agile Organization Design Guideline

28 April 2022

Second blog, in a blog series about the upcoming book: Creating Agile Organizations – A Systemic Approach, by Cesario Ramos & Ilia Pavlichenko. Many problems at the workplace are not the fault of the individual managers or teams. They are often the result of working in an organizational design(OD) that impedes rather than supports Agility. […]

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What does it mean to be Agile on a large scale?

18 April 2022

​ First, in a blog series about the upcoming book: Creating Agile Organizations – A Systemic Approach by Cesario Ramos & Ilia Pavlichenko. ​What does it mean to be Agile on a large scale? According to Craig Larman, a renowned consultant, reducing switching costs by learning is resisted most by any organization. Speed of delivery […]

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Who is on the Team in Scrum?

20 May 2021

The latest revision of the Scrum guide removed the Development Team role with the intention to remove the “us vs. them” dynamic. In this paper Cesario Ramos and Ahmad Fahmy discuss its possible implications. You can find the paper by Cesario Ramos and Ahmad Fahmy on InfoQ

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LeSS Days 2020 |Agile Organization Design Principle by Cesario Ramos

12 December 2020

In this talk, Cesario shares some Agile Organization Design principles. You can use these principles to have a more informed discussion in your agile transformation. See also the upcoming book Coaching Agile Organizations.

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De-Scaling with LeSS with Cesario Ramos

15 June 2020

There are 2 positions you can take when thinking about scaling Scrum. You consider Scrum a team level framework only, and then ask what needs to be added to Scrum to make it fit in your organization. You likely have Copy Paste Scaling and a narrow product definition. You consider Scrum a framework for your […]

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Systems Thinking in organizational coaching

30 October 2019

In this article, we will be sharing an example of organizational coaching, in which we successfully applied the Systems Thinking approach. We were working with a service organization and found fundamental solutions to several chronic problems. We believe that effective organizational coaching is not possible without Systems Thinking. Why Systems Thinking Large organizations are complex […]

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LeSS adoption at a Large Dutch Bank

24 October 2019

This article is about how we improved on the Dutch Bank Spotify inspired model in a tribe. We work with over 20  teams on our Business Lending product. We develop our product across 3 sites, with dispersed teams. Each team contains business, IT and operations skills. In this configuration we deliver valuable product for our […]

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“Take responsibility! It’s your responsibility, so take it!”

30 May 2019

I’m not happy. I’m cheerful. There’s a difference. A happy woman has no cares at all. A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them.— Beverly Sill Hi, my name is Irina Skrypnik and I would like to introduce the topic of responsibility for us to discuss and practice. When I […]

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A Scrum Book

A Scrum Book: The Spirit of Scrum is released

26 April 2019

After 9 years of hard work, we finally have the beta release of our book – A Scrum Book: The Spririt of the Game. Final publication will be in a few months, but the digital version is already available. In October Cesario Ramos & James Coplien will provide a special 2 day training about the […]

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Why Isn’t Your Current Approach to Scaling Agile Working?

31 March 2019

The paper ‘Why Isn’t Your Current Approach to Scaling Agile Working?” written by Cesario Ramos co-authors with Kurt Bittner was recently published on InfoQ. Having trouble scaling your agility? You’re not alone; even organizations who have agile success in isolated pockets have trouble scaling that agility to the broader organization. The challenges express themselves in […]

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