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We Were Hired For A Hidden Agenda

jaymeedwards profile image Jayme Edwards πŸƒπŸ’» Updated on ・1 min read

I was once asked to investigate two teams that worked together to build a software product for doing taxes.

The first team said they needed help with releasing software better.

So I planned to use an interview I'd come up with over the years.

It had questions I could ask people about how they work together.

Things like how they gather requirements, test the software, and approve releases for example.

While interviewing the first team, it became clear that they didn’t like the second team.

The first team was following scrum, while the second team was not.

However after interviewing many people on both teams, we realized the second team was following kanban.

But they were doing it for a good reason - to respond to unpredictable changes in tax code.

So eventually we presented our findings, and though many people were pleased - our client was disappointed that we handn't found only issues with the second team!

In this video, I share some things to consider that might help you avoid being used as a pawn in corporate politics.

I hope it helps you if you're ever pressured to side with a group of people to force another to change unwillingly!

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After working on over 30 software projects, I'm coaching developers to get respect, keep growing, and have a life!

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As a member of an organisation that regularly acquires other businesses, this is useful stuff for those of us who need to stitch together effective delivery processes and have some chance of achieving the business value that drove the acquisition in the first place - thanks Jayme :)

 

No problem Phil, glad you’re getting something out of this stuff. πŸ‘πŸ™‚

 

Investigations, methodologies, blames, delays in delivery, yep..sounds corporate.