How Feedback Loops Drive Powerful Culture Change in Agile and Digital Transformation

It's hard to get everyone excited about your initiative to modernize apps with improved user experiences, automate tasks in a workflow, or roll out new dashboards to improve decision making. 

Even after sharing your vision, gathering feedback from stakeholders, and sharing progress in sprint demos, there are always detractors in the back of the room or with their video off during Zoom calls that just don't buy the need for transformational change.

Agile and Digital Transformation Feedback Loops by Isaac Sacolick

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How to Reduce the Talent Gap while Growing Analytics, Data Governance, and App Modernizations

CIOs, CDOs, data governance, and application development leaders own the challenge of growing analytics capabilities and improving end-user experiences that deliver business impacts. But, they must recognize that modernizing applications, developing integrations, and addressing data quality will be challenging as organizations compete for top talent.

Recent research shows that leaders need people, practice, and technology strategies beyond pursuing the most elite talent. We know that data scientists, full-stack developers, and DevOps engineers are in high demand, so anchoring the future on recruiting and retaining them can be challenging.  


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10 Hard Lessons Learned From My Personal Disaster Recovery

Labor Day has new meaning in our house. I have tremendous new respect for all people who earn their living from hard, sweaty, dirty work. 

And yet, while I call this my personal disaster recovery, it really isn't that personal or that significant of a disaster. 

My family and I came home to Hurricane Ida's wreckage after it dumped an estimated seven inches of rain in our town. Our garage and backyard had three feet of water, and our basement settled at about two feet. I am told that the floodwaters came up from the ground and lasted approximately four hours.

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Avoid Burnout: 3 Really Simple Activities to Reduce Stress in Hybrid Work Teams

In this week's episode of 5 Minutes with @NYIke, I provide my thoughts on avoiding team burnout and how to create destressing activities. I share several personal photos - I am an amateur photographer but enjoy it - and use them to show that it's possible to create bonding, stress-reducing activities with hybrid working teams.

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3 Signs Devoted Agile Development Teams Lack Urgency and What to Do

 Last week, I posted 40 reasons why IT lacks a sense of urgency and followed it up with a 5 minutes with @NYIke video on creating a sense of urgency in agile transformations.

The video is embedded at the bottom of this post. I hope you'll watch it as I provide recommendations on how to address three agile transformation issues:

  • Agile isolated in tech teams 
  • Little or no planning or estimating
  • Scrum responsibilities not assigned

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40 Reasons Why Your IT Teams Lack a Sense of Urgency

Over the last couple of months, I've been writing and sharing videos on creating force multipliers in digital transformation. In simple terms, force multipliers drive business outcomes, team velocity, and delivery quality by combining two or more disciplines into a 2x+ result. My posts include an intro to digital transformation force multipliers, a post on using continuous agile planning to accelerate delivery, and a third post on the intersection of citizen data science and data governance.


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Data-Driven Organizations: What are Principal Responsibilities of Successful Chief Data Officers

Confused about the role of the chief data officer? You're not alone!

Is the CDO the owners, steward, and driver to meet regulations on GDPR, PII, HIPAA, FINRA, KYC, CPRA, and the alphabet soup of other compliance requirements? 

Does the CDO oversee data-related audits, or are they stakeholders to them?

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