Myths & Misconceptions about Agile

Many organizations and teams across industries and throughout the world are using Agile methodology to get the advantages of faster product delivery, shortened feedback loop, and increased collaboration between teams.  This doesn’t mean, however, that the move from traditional to agile project management is an easy one.  As with any new approach and methodology, there…

How Can You Get More Effective with DevOps?

Here’s the excerpt of my recent article published in Better Software Magazine, : The promise of DevOps is to provide a basis of collaboration between organizations and IT that produces superior customer value. One of the most recent changes in the operations and delivery surrounding IT has been a new awareness of how critical sup-…

How to Be a Stellar Product Owner

Here’s the repost of my recent post on ScrumAlliance.org: As we get into the routine of releases and sprints, over time the Scrum team establishes its work pattern, and the product owner (PO) becomes more familiar with not only the team but with methods for developing the product build with agility. As we move into sprint after sprint,…

Lean Building: Understanding Waste and Managing It with Agile

Here’s the excerpt of my recent post on ScrumAlliance.org: Within the context of product development and manufacturing, Lean management is essentially an efficient means of controlling production costs and maximizing profit over the product life cycle while avoiding and reducing defects and scrap (wasted effort, time, and resources). Waste typically occurs in the form of…

How to effectively Manage Today’s IT Challenges

The Agile Manifesto states: We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working software over comprehensive documentation Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to change over following a plan Source: Beck, Kent;…

Challenges in managing IT Operations

It can be a real challenge for a large organization to manage its IT operations when it doesn’t have the right fusion of people, an effective delegation of leadership, the appropriate set of tools and processes in place, and the correct type of environment and resources in place. As the organization grows, so does its…

Stepping ahead into ‘trust’ based learning

This is the continuation of previous post “Building Learning Communities”. As we move into the mechanism of how learning could be further improved, using some techniques, that would challenge the learners, as well as, the coach; we find that one thing that  binds these two at the coaching crucial stage is “trust”. Trust. Trust is…

Building Learning Communities (part 1)

For past couple of months I’ve been working on my latest book on Agile Learning and Knowledge Sharing – and have found a very close association of coaching with building a learning community within an organization. As someone said – “It is hapless without the hopeless, and the worthy for the just cause”, needless to…

Innovation. Microsoft. Amazon. Trend Vs. Lag. Apple.

So with Windows 8, Microsoft is pretty much on its way in being a trendsetter quietly while the rest of the markets are going ga-ga over mobile devices and what not. Microsoft, is doing good, and they are being very innovative the experience from Windows 8 as a beta user for six months hasn’t been…

Poll: The Learning Experience

How much do you agree with the statement “Learning takes place in a realm of experience, not from a flip chart”? © Manoj Khanna 2003 – 2012.

From Commodification to Commoditization. The mighty iPhone.

So the iPhone 5 sold out tonight within few minutes. Again. I went up to grab my wallet, and enter my card number, and a few minutes ago it was showing me that I could pick up iPhone 5 in this store but just minutes later, whooooshh! It was gone. Why am I not surprised?…