The Advisor Suite
The Advisor Suite leverages patented expert system technology that enables the timely delivery of advice and guidance for software endeavors. It provides credible explanations as to why certain practices work in various contexts, and supports effective change through incremental adoption of practices in a culturally sensitive manner. "Advisor" realizes the IT industry's first Lean and Agile Transformation Infrastructure for achieving successful change at the scale of the enterprise. It also represents the industry's first Lean and Agile Governance solution that is ALM-vendor agnostic, enabling efficient and effective self-organization and empiricism at enterprise scale while lowering the total cost of transformation.
Capabilities, Features and Benefits
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Note (1) - Saving custom approaches requires a licensed Advisor Coaching Professional.

Self-Organization through the Hybrid Approach Builder:
  • Provides the facility to empower teams to exercise responsible autonomy. Embrace the diversity that exists at scale and contextualize value streams across the breadth of the enterprise.

  • Pragmatically enables dynamic, hybrid compositions of modern software development practices, leveraging all prior codified experience agnostic of whether it came from Agile, Lean or Unified Process lineages.

  • Effectively a "Coach-in-a-box ™ ", expert-level advice and guidance is delivered just-in-time to practitioners and coaches regarding the implications of their software development practice choices based on the culture and context, and System's Thinking analysis.

  • Rapid assembly of approaches based on standard named approaches like Scrum, XP, HyperAgility, Lean Startup and hybrids of Scaled Agile approaches through reusable approach templates.

  • Efficient value-stream integration of enterprise-scope capabilities and approaches like TOGAF, ITIL, COTS, PMBOK, Prince2, DevOps and more.

  • Capture of contextual, cultural and approach declaration data such that risk exposure patterns are easily discernable. Our expert system technology technology and rule-base can be extended or tailored to reflect specific nuances of your enterprise.

Lean Staffing: 
  • Requisition generation based on the practice and division-of-labor choices within a declared approach. Go beyond myopic, 2-day certifications by truly understanding the essential skills required to execute against an software development approach.

  • Organizational fitness-for-purpose of bench personnel for generated project requisitions. Skills-gap analysis to make better informed decisions on the personnel available to staff your portfolio. Identify necessary gap mitigations and necessary investments proactively.

  • JIT Requisitions for talent marketplace auctions. Pull new personnel into your organization in an elastic manner.

  • Collection of experience and learning metrics for future staffing decisions. Empirically understand the efficacy of staffing decisions to project results.

  • Tracking of personnel growth and identification of candidate internal coaches. Enable projections of skills growth and effects on organizational capability as experience is earned.

Organizational Playbooks: 
  • Complexity reduction through visualization for professional teams who need a common playbook from which to execute software endeavors, and who understand the need for understanding workflow in a non-prescriptive manner so everyone is on the same page. Provides a one-stop-shop for practices reference and knowledge transfer.

  • Integration of industry experts who contribute their integration of knowledge and experience to provide unbiased advice guidance which reduces the noise and brings clarity to the sea of Process-ware, Method-ware, Blog-ware and Slide-ware.

  • Just-in-time access to various stages of knowledge transfer, including pay-per-view training requests on a per-practice basis and pull-oriented requests for coaching, thereby lowering the total cost-of-transformation to modern practice.

  • Generation of dynamic workflow into leading ALM stacks for enactment and correlation of efficacy. Integrations include IBM Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management, Rally, Atlassian, Microsoft Team Foundation Server, VersionOne, ServiceNow and HP ALM. Enables vendor agnostic usage of SDLC infrastructure to reduce delays, improve tracking and status reporting accuracy, and achieve true portfolio visibility at scale.

The Learning Organization: 
  • Smart Retrospectives ™ , the first approach to organizational learning to go beyond superficial, anecdotal, and after-the-fact learning currently available within modern software development communities focused on Agile, the PMBOK, COBIT, CMMI, ITIL, Lean, EA, etc.

  • Correlation of decisions to outcomes, including tracking learning investments, refactorings and interventions and their effects on endeavour success and failure.

  • Continuous re-calibration of the patent-pending System's Thinking meta-model to enable better expert-system advice and guidance.

  • Facilitation of causal analysis regarding the symptoms affecting endeavors achieving less than optimal performance.

  • In-flight course-corrections through the recompilation of a teams playbook dynamically as a result of approach refactoring.

  • True openness and transparency by bringing visibility into patterns of success and areas for improvement so that opportunities for reuse of successful strategies can be undertaken in a timely manner, and failing or risky tactices can be avoided proactively across the enterprise.

Lean Governance and Empiricism @ Scale: 
  • Decision-centric Capability Improvement (DCCI), the industries first strategy that focuses improvement on the decision levers and associated risk mitigation rather than command and control of activities and tasks for effective steerage at the scale of the enterprise.

  • Cultural nudge monitoring to track the effects of leveraging choice architecture on the evolution of the value structure of the organization.

  • Delivery Intelligence to provide pragmatic visualization of the project and portfolio status, including efficiency and effectiveness, normalized velocity, staffing drill-down, comparitive portfolio analysis and real-time risk assessment. Removes the blindspots that are common at enterprise scale.

  • Approach Intelligence and real-time compliance and maturity assessments to remove the mystery of leading industry frameworks, avoiding distractions yet providing the necessary views to various enterprise stakeholders. Delivers pragmatic visualization of the efficacy of software development practice at a project, organization and industry scope against live in-flight projects and on-the-ground delivery results.

  • Predictive Analytics and Portfolio Optimization through ranged burn-down, moving averages and reference class forecasting. Universal kernel supports calibration of all status forecasting through machine learning.

  • Hybrid ALM integrations to aggregate analytics data through lightweight ETL. Avoids vendor lock-in, and maintains self-organization principles while ensuring portfolio comparisons are always available.

  • Normalized Velocity to understand differences in teams capability in concert with contextual differences. Moving average and trending can support spotting local optimizations and teams that require the most help across the enterprise.

  • Policies and Standards to ensure that endeavors can quickly reuse templates proven successful in context. Specific policies ensure that enterprise-wide practices that are mandated or socialized are given proper consideration.

Lowered Total-Cost-of-Transformation: 
  • Pull-based or "Lean" coaching. Rather than coaches pushing themselves on teams, team members can request coaching cycles in small increments from coaching affiliates assigned to an enterprise.

  • Virtual coaching through shared coaching chalkboards and live video chats such that travel costs can be kept in check for enterprise scope transformations.

  • Targeted assistance through portfolio comparison indicators and coaching alerts to focus capability improvement dollars where they will make the most difference.

  • eLearning assets continually being added, whether they are SDE delivered through the platform, or home-grown. Readily available with usage tracking and capability accounting.

  • Robust knowledge management strategies focused on capturing contextual experience and and practice know-how rather than re-inventing the wheel.