Agile, Scrum and 4DX

Our company is adopting a practice called “The 4 Disciplines of Execution” (4DX). Superficially, it’s goals and techniques are very Scrum-like with a focus on rallying self-directed teams toward a single, important company goal.

Team Scoreboard

Layout of our combined Scrum/4DX team scoreboard

Like Agile, it champions practices but emphasizes values that give those practices reasons for being. 4DX is more focused on outcomes than specifics of performance – which is a nice puzzle piece to slot along side into a lean or XP discipline.

I’m fascinated to watch the course of a top down process change. I’m also wary of what happens when groups that don’t feel an urgent need for change or share the values of team, collaboration, and focus bang their heads into this particular demand.

Still, I am hopeful and excited. After a few years at my company once again championing a team-up Agile adoption, I feel tremors as the rest of the company shifts to meet us.

Part of being lucky is being ready.

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About Ken Judy

I am an executive manager, software developer, father and husband trying to do more good than harm. I am an agile practitioner. I say this fully aware I say nothing. Sold as a tool to solve problems, agile is more a set of principles that encourage us to confront problems. Broad adoption of the jargon has not resulted in wide embrace of these principles. I strive to create material and human good by respecting co-workers, telling truth to employers, improving my skills, and caring for the people affected by the software I help build.