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Company culture as a competitive advantage

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What to expect from a congress that works the motto "Technology, DevOps, Agility and Service"? It depends ;-), who organizes it? The people of itSMF Spain … Ok, then it will be exhaustive. Confirmed, the IT Enterprise Agile Forum 2017 It was of maximum interest and provided a clear vision of the necessary transformation that technology-based companies are facing. From Culture to Tools through Processes Plenary!

And because? Because we continue to need to maximize the value delivered and personal motivation. For this reason, we must soak up concepts such as the establishment of a common mindset, non-disruptive transformation processes based on agile frameworks, collaborative environments and systems thinking, as we have been stressed throughout the congress. In short, we persist in profitable innovation applying second-generation Lean thinking to delivering value, as inspired by Masa K. Maeda.

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Given that all the sessions are available online, we are going to review the evolution of the organizational models towards the so-called 3.0 Organizations.

In this line, Javier Garzás He stressed that it is really about the transformation of teams with numerous challenges to overcome, such as a collaborative organization based on multidisciplinary teams so that silos or walls disappear. Fundamental.

itSMF Agile Evolution Organization

itSMF Agile Evolution Organization

We already have on the table to move towards an organization that allows self-organized, oriented and multidisciplinary teams to coexist. Now Jerónimo Palacios explains, with his usual energetic clarity, why Scrum is a valid agile framework for the digital age (of work ... and of culture -mindset- let me add).

Exceptional journey from his illustration of the concept of hidden charge, through the case of a tribe that copies (with bamboo) an airport so that things fall from the sky, to the challenges of the next 21 years, passing through the five myths / fallacies of Scrum: Scrum is easy, Sprint 0, Sprint demo, team commitment and in Scrum there is no quality.

Challenges to adapt Scrum in organizations:
«Culture is one of them mainly,
our companies are not prepared to do Scrum.
Scrum is simple, but it is not easy at all. »
Jerónimo Palacios at itSMF # Agile17

In short, the only source of truth about Scrum is the Scrum fundamental guide (16 pages) Read it!

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Scrum alone is not enough. You need an engineering culture and values ​​that complement Scrum. "
Jerónimo Palacios at itSMF # Agile17

"Scrum will be part of the DNA of future companies that survive"
Jerónimo Palacios at itSMF # Agile17

We close this brief excursion through the mutations that the culture of our company will need to face in order to adapt and survive with the session of Xavier Albaladejo on the impact of Agile on Traditional Organizational Models. Demolition Man.

Xavier explains very graphically why it is convenient for us to evolve traditional organizational models, which generate dependencies between groups and break the value chain, requiring coordination to produce few results. The alternative is a purpose-driven, integrated, cellular organization focused on the customer experience. Maximum demand, Organization 3.0!

«This can only be achieved
if you have a certain way of thinking about the company
and this is the hardest of all.
We talk about changing mental models and
beliefs about how the world works. "
Xavier Albadalejo at itSMF # Agile17, minute 10:33

In the end we take off our masks and Xavier makes things clear: Culture is everything, so, the roof of Agile is in the upper management since the company will be as agile as the top management allows and fits with their way of thinking ("mindset").

«Agile culture is a tough culture,
requires collaboration, transparency, teamwork
and this is not optional. »
Xavier Albadalejo at itSMF # Agile17

I find especially revealing his note on how to generate a new company culture by changing the structure of the company: «Culture follows structure«. Along the same lines, I recommend the remarkable work of Niels Pflaeging and his "Organize for Complexity". This way it blows.

Change the body to change the shadow

Change the body to change the shadow -
Niels Pflaeging

We do not extend any more. The congress gave much more, such as the numerous practical cases in various sectors, including banking and telcos, something very welcome, difficult to see and that speaks, again, of the excellent organization and spirit itSMF Spain of this congress. Every minute you spend reviewing the published papers you can point to "investments" without any doubt.

I share with you my final distillate in the form of an omen with a moral: Without a good job at the company culture level, all your praiseworthy efforts in processes and tools will suffer from suffocation..

Moral: Adapt and Persist - word of Vanesa Tejada in itSMF # Agile17

Once again, congratulations to itSMF Spain… although they have set the bar very high for # Agile18 😉

itSMF Agile Ostrich Strategy

itSMF Agile Ostrich Strategy


Miguel Ángel Nicolao

Miguel Ángel Nicolao

Miguel Ángel is CIO, Director of Innovation and co-founder of Panel Sistemas. Follow @ mnicolao11 on Twitter, or visit their profile at LinkedIn. You can also contact him via e-mail at this address.



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