Digitally lead, Agile designed, open sourced social transformation

Westminster University Business School Earlier this week I was back at Westminster University for their second project management conference,  reminiscing really… Agile was just an excuse! from 1994 to 1997 this place was home from home,  life long friends, heated debates in Farhang’s development classes to a whole lot more, any way the presentation from the day, slightly changed for Slideshare doesn’t handle animations as well as Keynote!

Hope you found the slides informative and do post your feedback, over Twitter is best I have closed of commenting for moderating comments is an overhead I can do without. I would like to thank Nicholas and Nadia from Westminster’s Business School for inviting me to share my experiences of applying Agile (Scrum and Kanban) in a non-tech social development project.

If you think you have benefited from what has been shared then #GiveBack; please do the absolute minimum and follow @Bringptp on twitter, like them on Facebook and share their videos from Vimeo, thats the least you could do… but if you like… don’t let me stop you there, you can donate here; 2015 is a big year for Bring Peace Through Prosperity they need to raise US $100,000- to work with another 500 entrepreneurs of circumstances and transform their communities and society.

Lastly I would like to thank @JA and Acquia for giving me time out to contribute.

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Boundaryless Agile – Scrum and Kanban in Social Development Projects

Peace Through Prosperity’s work has recently grabbed the attention of a few folks from Middle Earth to Middle England, no small feat for a small dedicated field team who put in all hours God sent and then some. This post is a celebration of the Peace Through Prosperity team, Babar, Abdul Rasheed, Nasir, Amjad, Abdullah, Saleem, Imran, Sajjad, Asim, Waqas and Sahar my better 2/3rds for leading the charge.

Applying Scrum and Kanban in Social development projects to prevent radicalisation

Applying Scrum and Kanban in Social development projects to prevent radicalisation

View the article here, or the complete issue here.  The copyright for the article belongs to Project Manager Today.

 

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Peace Through Prosperity – Covered by South Asia Magazine

Peace Through Prosperity’s work has recently grabbed the attention of a few folks from Middle Earth to Middle England, no small feat for a small dedicated field team who put in all hours God sent and then some. This post is a celebration of the Peace Through Prosperity team, Babar, Abdul Rasheed, Nasir, Amjad, Abdullah, Saleem, Imran, Sajjad, Asim, Waqas and Sahar my better 2/3rds for leading the charge.

Peace Through Prosperity Covered by South Asia Magazine

Peace Through Prosperity Covered by South Asia Magazine

View the article here, or the complete issue here.  The copyright for the article belongs to SouthAsia.com.pk.

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Boundaryless Agile

Just to be clear this post is not about Business AgilityAgile, SCRUM, SCRUMBAN, KANBAN, DSDM, ATERN  but about implementing Agile practises across the value chain;  that’s activities a business performs in order to deliver a product or service for a market. It is about introducing Agile across functions without being tied down to any particular flavour of Agile, It scratches the surface by introducing methods and tools provided for by different Agile methodologies to make each component/activity of an enterprise truly Agile, thereby introducing boundaryless Agile across the enterprise.

Boundaryless Agile is the process of taking Agile methods and tools beyond delivery of tech or tech related business activities… its not about software development! its about adapting Agile tools and techniques across the board from marketing to account management to strategic scenario planning and more… to ensure the enterprise as a whole benefits from Agile processes, tools and techniques.

Once you start getting to grips with different Agile methodologies; DSDM, SCRUM, SCRUMBAN their tools, techniques and processes you will realise you have already been practising Agile-ish in different parts of your enterprise’s value chain… by embracing the methodologies their tools and techniques wholeheartedly you will find your efficacy improve leaps and bounds.

Agile comes naturally to most of us, or so I would like to believe! however we do need a framework to structure our natural instincts to timebox, prototype, measure, reflect and iterate… so that we have a framework to create and design options with outcomes in focus, know what and how to measure; to compare, learn, adapt and improve with every successive iteration… regardless of it being a scheduled release, reducing the response time on support tickets, getting the next new hire ‘right’, reducing the time it takes to close a new sale or ensuring visibility of progress across your team(s)/organisation.

Its hard to sum up my experiences of practising boundary less agile over the past 16 years into a single post, so as a primer to many posts on the topic to come… I have put together what a value chain looks like and where within it different Agile tools and techniques can be adapted to deliver improving efficiency and efficacy. Of course this is not an exhaustive list and much depends on your enterprise culture, team and individual capabilities, and of course it is service centric!

SCRUM, DSDM, SCRUMBAN, KANBAN, Burn-up Charts, Product owners, Sprints, Sprint retrospective, Agile

If you are interested to learn more about introducing boundary less agile in your organisation feel free to reach out on Linkedin or Twitter to explore the opportunities and possibilities boundary less agile could uncover for your enterprise.

Towards a better future state – improving the socioeconomic landscape through data informed transformation – part 3

Delivering Agile Peace Building and Transformation Projects Over the last 2 posts I put forward the case for a data informed transformation strategy and then went on to outline tools and techniques used to understand the problem space, stakeholders involved, desirable outcomes, acceptable options, solutionising them, metrics to measure and means of measuring them.

From hereon I will keep my posts short, to detail specific tools and techniques used to enable the Peace Through Prosperity team to frame the ecosystem and solution options using reference frames used in defining, designing and delivering large scale digital transformation programmes.  This approach has allowed the team to design micro-fail experiments, to alter them using real time data edging closer to delivering the desired outcomes. Studying previous analogs and antilogs has ensured we do not waste any resources in replicating or attempting to improve previous programmes that though well meaning have had little to no impact on the ground. The micro-fail experimentation approach has allowed Peace Through Prosperity the luxury of trying out truly innovative approaches.

Diving into in the details, before there could be any thought given to the how to transform the ‘as is’ state was the need to understand the ‘as is’ state better than the incumbents with the same noble aims as Peace Through Prosperity. We started off from a position of strength as a number of us had been individually researching the rise of the political right and extremism since 2005 onwards and between the founding team and our body of advisors there exists a vast body of knowledge collected through extensive personal  field research as well as secondary research available to us. Allowing us to create a map of our problem/operating space.

The consensus was to work from the ground up, understand the triggers and drivers that create the perfect environment for a populous to be radicalised in mass. To gain an insight into the beneficiary’s behaviour an Empathy Map seemed like the perfect tool to deploy, and go beyond to better understand all the drivers and actions across all stakeholders in the eco-system.

For the uninitiated in the use of Empathy maps; in the digital realm I kick off almost every project by interviewing, observing and analysing all the stakeholders involved; from the sponsors to the end users, to better understand their current pain points, desired outcomes, boundaries, motivations and behaviour. Then, as me and my teams work towards our objectives, be it to deliver a transformation strategy, a programme plan or a digital solution we use the Empathy Maps to help drive the user persona, the user experience and the brief to deliver a scalable, fit for purpose deliverable that goes beyond the client expectations in its ability to assist them in achieving their desired outcomes.

Almost 2 years into the journey that is Peace Through Prosperity Empathy Maps have proven to be an invaluable tool in aligning the overall design of the programme with its intended beneficiaries, in our own understanding and development of narratives needed to bridge the differing world views and find common ground to work from.

Empathy Map to understand triggers, motivations, behaviour of marginalised masses vulnerable to non-violent mass radicalisation In this post I am sharing the Empathy map developed for the working poor; the direct beneficiaries we are engaged with, to assist and facilitate them in building a better future state for themselves by themselves via Peace Through Prosperity’s Mini-MBA Programme.

The Empathy Map is based on first hand interviews with over 50+ individuals over a period of 3 months from numerous different conflict affected regions within Pakistan as well as survey data of over 500 individuals, video interviews and facilitated workshops held in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Dera Adam Khel, Haripur, Karachi, Bhit Shah and Hala. Though I shall be sharing Empathy Maps for most of the stakeholders in the ecosystem there will be some I will not be making public any time soon and no doubt you can appreciate why.

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