Some of the best insights come when you're teaching advanced classes. In November of 2016, in a master class on Agile Portfolio Prioritization I co-taught with Certified Collaboration Instructor Raphael Goumot, we developed and shared a whole host of insights that were worthy of sharing.
We like to be as Agile as possible, with what some might perceive as an extreme emphasis on the Agile value of “Customer collaboration over contract negotiation”. Our customers and partners asked me to write this post in order to share how we express this value in our development process. I was under the impression that what we do is pretty standard, but I've learned that many of our customers find it novel and suggested I share our approach more broadly. It is timely, because if you read it you’ll find out how you can get a sneak preview of all of the “cool new stuff” under development, including the new Conteneo Weave platform that we’re launching in Jan 2017.
In April, we began working with the Los Altos School District (LASD) on a project to tackle the district's growing enrollment population. Part of our mandate is to help the LASD improve community engagement, enabling a wider segment of the population to explore options and reach consensus to solve these problems. With $150 million in bond money on the table, the district felt it was critical to get broad input into the decision process from the community.
Who hasn’t shuddered when you get the email about required attendance at an all-day strategy meeting? In common parlance that translates to 8 hours trapped in a conference room with PowerPoint, coffee and catered lunches—if you’re lucky. Strategy meetings don’t have to be death by PowerPoint, though. They can be engaging, profitable and energizing—especially, if the participants are actively involved. Our recent experience producing a two-day strategic planning meeting for Adobe Systems’ Globalization team is proof of that day-long meetings don’t have to be boring.