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Incremental vs Iterative development

Sat in on a talk about agile development and the problems with it at scale. I have seen this first-hand, with the usual suspects: We can’t all do that, we are not all developers. We can’t organize and align our teams, it’s too hard and we’re too big, working on too many different things. We can’t work in that particular way because we’re different, so we need to have a different development process.

All of this is untrue, which is not to say that it isn’t hard to make it work. But that’s really more about the difficulty of accepting change in culture and that most teams are pretty unorganized. There’s also a bit of “not invented here” syndrome when you operate at scale.

Still, the talk had a link to a where the author was stressing the differences between increment and iterate. Nicely done and so true. Semantics matter and the difference in these concepts is critical to allow for incremental, iterative delivery of value in technology. You’re going to work towards an optimal solution and you may well get parts of the present goal out in chunks.

PMOs not as useful in a world of agile management

The traditional [PMO](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_management_office) is often painted as being the salvation of an organization out of control with bad projects littering the landscape. But unless its a good PMO, the entire exercise can lead to only additional overheads, blessing even more useless projects that should have been stopped. In reality, there are lower cost methods other than a new PMO that can save the organization from its own bad culture and lead to effective projects that return value, and a cessation of the bad ones that don’t measure up. Continue reading PMOs not as useful in a world of agile management

Strategic Grief and How To Innovate Out Of It

A neat [piece](http://vgalovski.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/innovation-benchmarking-the-5-stages-of-grieving/) on the five stages of strategic grief and how to leverage it to get into innovating out of the problem. The five stages are detailed: denial, anger, rationalization, depression and through to acceptance, when the organization can begin to solve its problems through innovation. Thought provoking.

Innovation levers and attacking silos in your org

[Here](http://bit.ly/qyXeLU) is a synopsis of the *Dealing with Darwin* piece by Geoffrey Moore, which describes different stages of innovation and some levers. This is important as a model for crossing the chasm which is needed to reshape large, territorial groups in an enterprise and allow for an innovation culture to overtake a silo culture. Continue reading Innovation levers and attacking silos in your org