Impact of CD on Learning (L&D)

Over the past 20 years, as agile principles and values have spread from software development to other parts of the business and from IT enterprises to other industries, business agility has become a key differentiator for success. Business agility determines which companies will be first to market, which will be able to pivot in response to changing market dynamics, and which will be able to innovate quickly in order to better compete. L&D often struggles to keep pace with changes in the business and field of enterprise learning. Many leaders…

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Dark Learning for Agile Enablement

We are currently working on a book about Dark Learning—Dark Learning for Agile Enablement. Enterprise learning–transferring knowledge, skills and behaviors within a large company–is still often thought of as an event (such as a training course or a Webinar), an artifact (such as training guides, videos and documentation) or programs that combine events and artifacts. The authors present a new approach to enterprise learning that fundamentally shifts how people think about and execute enterprise learning. Dark Learning is an approach to enablement that more transparently enables people to embrace new behaviors,…

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Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum

A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum offers an unprecedented view into how distributed teams can successfully implement and use Scrum, the leading framework for agile software development. With tips, experiences and recommendations from over 1,084 agile team members from 30 countries, readers have access to a wealth of techniques that can maximize the potential of their globally-distributed teams. Early in the development process, the IBM QSE Agile Community decided to donate all royalties to charitable organizations. They voted on the following charities to benefit from these efforts.  Children’s Hunger Alzheimer’s…

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Continuous Deployment for Mobile

Facebook’s approach to nearly continuous deployment of mobile software Chuck Rossi, along with 5 other co-authors that include Kent Beck (yes, XP Kent Beck), recently published the research paper Continuous Deployment of Mobile Software at Facebook (Showcase). If you have not read this article, I highly recommend reading the 12 pages in full. Challenges of continuous deployment of mobile software The paper provides insight regarding the challenges with continuous deployment of mobile software, including: Software updates not being transparent to end users, as we have with services delivered via the cloud…

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Stone Soup Approach to Communities of Practice

Stone Soup as a key to successful communities of practice The story of Stone Soup is one that exists in many cultures, and it’s one that I learned as a child. This story, I believe, speaks to the core principles of running an effective volunteer project—including successful communities. A long time ago, a kind traveler came upon a poor village filled with many unhappy people. The traveler smiled and asked why they were so unhappy. The villagers told him it was because there was no food to eat and they…

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Solving Problems through Communities

Connect community members who can solve the problems or address the needs. Once a community knows what the big problems are and have rank-ordered them, they can begin dealing with the items of greatest value to the community.  For cross-corporate communities, good facilitators connect existing and potential community members from all over the world—across those corporate boundaries, geographic boundaries, time zone boundaries and so on—who are passionate about solving the problem and bring them together virtually.  They decentralize authority. They enable the success of community members by providing important resources such as…

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Setting Direction for Your Community

Understanding members’ problems, needs, and goals is essentially to facilitating a thriving community. Building a successful, thriving community—whether it be an Enterprise Transition Community, community of practice or temporary, project-focused community—requires understanding the problems, needs and goals of the community members. For example, when we started the IBM Scrum Community, we asked team members, “What is the greatest challenge you’re experiencing in relation to embracing Scrum?” The top answer was that community members were having difficulty using Scrum as distributed teams. Most teams had members located in different cities, countries and…

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Communities for Continuous Improvement

Communities can be a powerful asset for change Communities, given support, nurturing and social technology, can become a center of powerful influence that creates connections and enables continuous improvement within the enterprise through armies of volunteers. Large-scale enterprises have diverse talent and skills to tap One of the most exciting and powerful aspects of being part of a large-scale enterprise is having access to diverse talent and skills throughout the company. Within those enterprises that have invested in a good corporate-wide directory service with reasonable search functionality, finding subject matter experts…

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State of DevOps and CD

High performing DevOps teams have a significant competitive advantage. The 2016 State of DevOps Report put out by PuppetLabs and DORA showed that high performers dominate their markets and obliterate their competitors. Does that sound a bit dramatic? They are able to take ideas to market 200 times more frequently, creating a high-speed vehicle for saving the best ideas and tossing the losing ideas out quickly. They deploy new services and products 2,555 times faster. While their competition is still thinking about maybe possibly perhaps deploying a new capability, high-performers have already…

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Dark Learning

What is Dark Learning? Dark Learning is an approach to enablement that transparently causes people to embrace new behaviors, skills and abilities.  Dark Learning represents a shift in how people think about and execute enterprise learning (training). Dark Learning is not a new approach to developing or delivering e-learning, instructor-led training and job aids. Lean and Agile Impact on Traditional Learning Lean and Agile approaches have driven nearly every part of the enterprise to focus on: Delivering higher value in shorter cycles, or even continuously Eliminating waste (anything that does…

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