I can’t help look at the User Story as being a form of Value Proposition. Or re-framed, the Value Proposition being a company’s over-reaching umbrella Agile Epic.
All women working in the tech industry make a contribution to the industry, not just those in developer roles. Working in it, even on the “business-side”, they know a lot about tech. If you work in Tech, and you self-identify as a women, you are a Women in Tech. Regardless of your role, level or experience. I want to celebrate them all.
One of the most interesting things about executive teams is that no two are alike. When someone reaches C-Level, they have a unique set of experiences, skills and attributes that has a big impact on how they work with others and achieve results. Often C-Level responsibilities blend – especially with different groups that share a focus on the customer. So a natural give-and-take can happen that if not acknowledged and directed can sway a company culture in an unintended direction and even create competitive silos.
At an AgileTO meetup this week on Agile Transformation Teams individual tables were fictional ATT teams that went through steps to define their work. No one at our table knew each other and came from different backgrounds and experiences. The first step was coming up with a scenario. And then a vision. An interesting exercise. What we came up with was neither right or wrong, it moved us forward to the next steps: metrics to measure success, setting the team and budget, user stories for the ATT.
Culture shouldn’t be something that we look at only on an offsite retreat. It’s something that we do every day. Partly, how things are done around here! If what is done doesn’t support the stated Culture, then start with taking a thermometer of what people think about where you are now.
I believe there is a case for not getting in your own way. I find people who are solving a problem that was previously a big problem for them do sometimes get in their own way. It’s almost as if it fuels their passion – but they aren’t yet detached enough to be objective.
It happens. Buggy software. Late delivery. Escalations. Sometimes we disappoint customers. It happens. But then how do you protect and grow the account in these situations? How do you start a turn-around? There are strategies that can help.
If customers already knew the full value of what we offer, they may be getting it from somewhere else or already have solved the problem for themselves. So often, the ones that need our help the most are the ones that see our value the least.