Tuesday, April 28, 2015

CMMI-TV: Why are values a big deal in performance improvement?

Hey, CMMI Appraiser, Why are values a big deal in performance improvement? ~ NY-SPIN Attendee

Dear Readers,

Today’s episode of CMMI-TV was filmed ON LOCATION at an NY-SPIN event in New York City, where I presented on “Agile Resiliency.” A participant asked why I thought values were a big deal in an organization’s performance improvement effort. Below is a video clip with my answer, followed by a synopsis of my response. Enjoy!


Companies need to adopt agile principles, or not. Whatever they decide, those values will govern how they run their company, and will filter through the organization from the top-down.


In my small company, Broadsword, we run our company using Scrum, and we don’t write software. We do everything with Scrum, including marketing and sales, operations, hiring, training and billing. Everything we do is guided by our agile values.


It’s something to think about. Why do you want to run your company according to your values? Because that’s what having a successful business is all about. It’s not about Scrum or XP – those are methods. It’s about values that help you determine what kind of company you are running on a day-to-day basis.


Choosing to be agile means embracing values such as:
  • Collaborative
  • Iterative
  • Flexible
  • Transparent
  • High trust
If we’re going to run our companies using values such as these, the techniques will trickle down.


Anyone interested in learning how to leverage the power of organizational values is invited to attend my keynote presentation in Seattle, WA at the CMMI Global Congress 2015 on May 12-13.

Register here.

Like this blog? Forward to your nearest engineering or software exec!

Jeff Dalton is a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, Certified CMMI Instructor, author, and consultant with years of real-world experience with the CMMI in all types of organizations. Jeff has taught thousands of students in CMMI trainings and has received an aggregate satisfaction score of 4.97 out of 5 from his students.

Visit www.broadswordsolutions.com for more information about running a successful CMMI and performance improvement program.

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