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Lee Cunningham

About Lee Cunningham

Lee Cunningham is the senior director, enterprise agile strategy at VersionOne. Lee is focused on advising the executive sponsors and senior leaders of large enterprises, providing insight and practical guidance to meet the challenges of large-scale agile. Prior to joining VersionOne, Lee held numerous positions of leadership in software development and delivery. He grew the agile practices in several organizations, and led the agile transformation of a large multi-national enterprise. Lee has trained, coached, and mentored hundreds of teams in scores of organizations around the world. His experience, pragmatic approach, and customer focus keep him in demand as a trusted advisor.

Top 10 Things to Know About SAFe 4.0

Are you considering Scaled Agile FrameworkⓇ (SAFeⓇ) 4.0 for your organization? You’re not alone. More than a thousand people participated in VersionOne’s recent AgileLIVE webinar series on SAFe 4.0 featuring Dean Leffingwell, the co-founder and chief methodologist at Scaled Agile, Inc. … Continue reading

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3 Things To Like About SAFe 4.0

Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) 4.0 for Lean Software and Systems Engineering was officially unveiled last month, and I like what I see. Here are three things that stand out to me: The Framework Has Matured I believe that SAFe can … Continue reading

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How VersionOne Supports SAFe 4.0

Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) 4.0 clarifies many aspects of the framework that have been evolving since its inception. It also adds explicit support for the development of very large systems. Even so, you may still be finding your SAFe transformation a little … Continue reading

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Executive Visibility in Successful Agile Enterprises

A colleague recently asked me, “What if developers only got paid when features ship?” “They’d only do the easy ones,” I replied, only half-joking. But as I thought about it more, I asked myself, “What if nobody in the entire … Continue reading

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The One Thing You Must Do this Morning to Achieve Your Goals

              We all have goals, yet many of us don’t meet them. Sometimes this is disappointing, but more often than not the bar just kind of moves down, time passes, and we become complacent. … Continue reading

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A Simple Approach to Get Stronger Agile Executive Support

              If the leading business literature from the past couple of years is to be believed, leanness and agility have become must-have characteristics of any company that expects to thrive. Yet, lack of executive … Continue reading

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8 Reasons Why Agile Projects Fail

          It’s no secret agile projects can fail, but do you know the reasons for agile failure and how to avoid them? I could tell you why I think they fail. Instead, let me share what nearly … Continue reading

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What’s So Special About Agile?

Admit it.  You enjoy telling people that you’re an Agile “practitioner”, “coach”, or “evangelist”. It’s OK – I do too. I also enjoy reading a well-researched article in, say, the Harvard Business Review or the Wall Street Journal that validates … Continue reading

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Why Your Organization Struggles with Agile

It’s the basics that are killing your organization’s Agile effectiveness. You used to practice them, but then got sloppy. Or you never really learned to practice them that well before the need to scale was pressed upon you, and now … Continue reading

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Savant Leadership or Empowered Agile Team?

There can be many reasons organizations struggle with their agile adoptions, but often it is because they’re clinging to the idea that only a select few people can be trusted to do the real thinking.  Design decisions are left in … Continue reading

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