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Getting into the demo rhythm

How do you facilitate demos when you are an Infrastructure department who don't produce 'shippable products' every sprint but are configuring, optimizing, updating, and fixing issues on systems? In this blog post, agile coach Rasmus Lund-Jensen is providing insights on how he helped start up and maintain a demo environment that continues to be a safe space for constructive feedback, helps people become even greater at what they do, and provides transparency for everyone about what is going on.

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What is that “agile leadership model” you’re talking about?

Early on our journey, we found that the organizational structure, based on a traditional hierarchy, was holding us back. It prevented empowerment of the teams as the Line Managers became bottle necks for decision. We decided to do something radical, and introduced a new agile leadership model that removed the Line Manager role and replaced it with three leadership roles that would focus on products, people and teams, respectively. This post introduces the new leadership model and the ideas behind it.

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Deployment whoopsies

Release management can be a hassle to orchestrate and automate. Our ambition was relatively simple - we wanted to release faster and faster. But we had continued with our old approach of a top-down and leadership controlled process - and it wouldn't help us achieve what we wanted. So we introduced an experiment.

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Wait, who said that?

Regardless of what you and your organization do and how you are organized, your leadership team needs to communicate to your teams. We struggled with how communication was misunderstood and made teams feel like they were micro managed - and we radically changed our approach.

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The ol’ switch(eroo)

Technical debt can in many ways be a blocker for aspirations to being agile. In our network infrastructure we saw how legacy technology would consume all time and energy for our network team, preventing them from developing the new solutions the business required. In this post, you can read about the experiment we did to help the team remove technical debt.

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Our presentation for XP2020

On June 6th 2020, we presented some of our experiences at XP2020. The story is available both as a video as well as an experience report that features exciting creatures such as dragons, Kings and brave Knights, but it is mostly about how our progress on the agile journey ultimately ensured that our organization was able to survive (deliver AND keep a healthy mental state) during Covid-19 in 2020.

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