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How do you improve an organisation's Agility? You start by identifying the Constraints. Once the constraints are known, they will drive all the changes you need to make. They will reveal the issues you need to address, and the order you need to address them.
Issues such as:
- How do you prioritise work?
- What reporting do you need to optimise the constraints.
- What additional roles do you need beyond the standard Agile/Lean roles.
- What is the role of management.
- What things do you need to consider when designing for staff liquidity?
- How do you identify HR policies that need to be changed?
- How do you decide on the approach to building a solution?
Unlike many approaches to scaling agile, a Theory of Constraints based approach does not provide solutions, instead it highlights constraints that a company needs to address given its particular context. As such, it is an approach to adapts to context rather than ignore it.
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Tony's passion has been in building software that changes the world for the better at a scale that makes a massive difference. This has been his passion and his challenge for the past 30 years. Tony started and sold two successful software development business before the age of 35.Both working in complex environments, as Lead developer and Head of Sales in the former and Chief Technology Ofﬁcer in the latter. Tony is currently Head of Agile at Skype. He is bringing sustainable enterprise agility to a fast paced, fast growing organisation with over 1,500 engineers. He still loves to code.Before Skype Tony was the co-chair of the Agile Leadership Council in IBM. His coaching across software labs of 25,000 engineers was instrumental in the endurance of agile.