Pulse meetings have become a natural part of the work in many companies; a group of people meet for 10-15 minutes standing in front of a pulse board (whiteboard) to discuss the current situation and what needs to be done during the day. At a pulse meeting, a dynamic is created in the teams which,… Continue reading Digital Pulse Meetings
You set off on a day of hiking. The path is 22 km long and it will be dark in 8 hours. So if you keep a pace of 3 km/h, you will return to your car before night falls. You can easily check your position after an hour of walking with your GPS tracker… Continue reading Did your project make enough progress this week?
New words pop up all the time, sometimes to describe a new phenomenon, or to capture the essence of a previously poorly investigated area. One such word is technical debt, first used by Ward Cunningham to show the later cost involved in delivering a quick solution now.
New technologies that changes conditions in a market, and often for society as a whole, are called disruptive. The phenomenon has been known since at least the early 20th century (see Joseph Schumpeter and Creative destruction) although concepts and models have changed.
Finally all three books that I planned in my series on agile management are published. With these books I want to state my view on agility and assist the reader in implementing agile governance.
Parmatur Pulse is built to increase interaction between people and hence create an agile decision process in a company. Primarily this interaction takes place at pulse meetings in a pulse room where the participants stand in front of their pulse board. But it is quite common that pulse teams are working on several development sites… Continue reading Cyber Pulse Board
Over the years we have worked with several software companies that use Scrum alongside Parmatur Pulse. Recently SAFe has also appeared in some discussions with potential customers as an alternative to Parmatur Pulse. I can now see the same problems in all these Scrum-companies. These are problems we have never encountered with Parmatur Pulse. It… Continue reading SAFe is not safe
Technology companies generally have an R&D department where people work with development. It’s taken for granted, just like having a finance department. But have you, as a manager, really thought about what you want to achieve with the R&D resources? It may seem like a silly question; Of course you know what the R&D department… Continue reading Successful New Product Development
In the 1990s, Toyota and Scania developed the Pulse-room concept, or Obeya as it is called in Japan. The pulse room is a solution to the problem with weak management control when organising work as projects. This problem was highlighted by several research programs during the 1980s. The effect of an Obeya was immediate for… Continue reading Pulse Room in Your Hand
It is often hard for a management team to get an up to date overview of the company’s projects. The projects tend to slip through the grip because the checkpoints are few and far between, the projects generate largely “invisible” results, and resources go in and out of projects over time.