Joshua L. Roberts

Agile / Lean Enterprise Transformation Coach

Week Seven – Creating a Climate for Change

By Josh Roberts | July 21, 2014 | 0 Comment

From holding our first Transformation Team meeting, to attending this month’s KC Limited WIP Society meeting, and finally an insightful discussion with members of the KC Agilehood, the theme of this week has been introducing sustainable change into an organization. As I shared before, we will be using an Agile approach to run our Agile/Lean transformation […]

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Week Six – When Will Kanban Save Us?

By Josh Roberts | July 13, 2014 | 0 Comment

This past Tuesday (7/8), the three teams practicing Portfolio Kanban gathered around their boards to hold their first weekly Retrospective. They started on Tue (7/1) and, subsequently, chose Tuesday as the day to hold their weekly Retrospective; due to vacation/holidays, it’s always good to avoid Mondays and Fridays. In fact, the Fourth of July holiday […]

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Week Five – Psychology of Agile Teams

By Josh Roberts | July 6, 2014 | 0 Comment

“So, when did you become a psychologist?” The person asking this question had worked with me in the past and it caught me by surprise. In just five years, had I really changed that much? At first, I didn’t have a good answer, but they were right… my leadership style had definitely changed. I had […]

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Week Four – Agile and/or ITIL?

By Josh Roberts | June 30, 2014 | 0 Comment

This is the third organization in which I have been part of an ITIL implementation. This is also the third instance where an Agile/Lean transformation was occurring at the same time. As is often the case, people naturally question how ITIL and Agile practices differ. More specifically, can both sets of practices work together in […]

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Week Three – Tactile Approach

By Josh Roberts | June 22, 2014 | 0 Comment

This week I saw a manager that I worked with during our last Agile transformation. He had just attended his first Limited WIP Society of KC meeting and shared, “I couldn’t believe how many organizations in the room were struggling with their Agile rollout… It really made me feel good about the maturity of our Agile processes and […]

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Week Two – Agile/Lean Culture

By Josh Roberts | June 16, 2014 | 0 Comment

How to Train Your Dragon 2 just came out on video. This meant we had to watch the original movie with our daughter over the weekend. As we were watching, I couldn’t help but tie the storyline back to our Agile/Lean transformation. Yes, I can be a dork sometimes. This week I have been meeting with […]

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Week One – Portfolio Kanban

By Josh Roberts | June 9, 2014 | 0 Comment

Like snowflakes, no two transformations are alike. When leading an Agile/Lean transformation, my past experience, and that of many others, has been to start at the team level. Introduce Scrum, create a grass roots movement that starts with a pilot, generates energy, and eventually drives change into the entire enterprise delivery system. While that is […]

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Minimal Viable Portfolio (MVP)

By Josh Roberts | May 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Spring is a time for new beginnings! Having just released Kitty Pig, our first iPhone game, my brother is now seeking a full-time job as a Graphic Designer and I have decided to hang my own shingle as an Agile / Lean Transformation Coach. With my first client identified, I will be leaving the comforts […]

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