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  • Giving Back: Our Commitment to Making a Difference.

    In today’s rapidly evolving tech landscape, where Software as a Service (SaaS) companies continuously strive for innovation and excellence, it’s crucial to remain mindful of our responsibility to both our communities and the world at large. At 55 Degrees, we firmly believe that true success extends beyond profits and market share. We take pride in our enduring commitment to making a positive impact and giving back to society. Our dedication to putting people first has been one of our core values since the beginning, and we are constantly seeking ways to make a difference through initiatives such as the “1% Pledge”, where we donate 1% of team member time to charitable causes and 1% of our profit. Supporting the Barncancerfonden One cause that has been close to our hearts is the fight against childhood cancer. The words "Children" and "cancer" should never coexist. As an organization, we proudly support the Barncancerfonden in their fight to keep cancer away from children. The Children’s Cancer Foundation fights childhood cancer and ensures that affected children and their families receive the care and support they need. As Barnsupporter 2023, we are involved and contribute to this noble cause. Despite advancements in medical science, the fight against childhood cancer continues. By donating to organizations like the Barncancerfonden, we are helping individual families and the collective effort to find better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for childhood cancer. Every day, a child in Sweden faces the harsh reality of cancer. However, there is hope! Thanks to research and more effective treatment methods, we’ve made significant progress, with 85 percent survival rate today. However, the ultimate goal is to ensure that every child diagnosed with cancer not only survives but also leads a healthy and fulfilling life. To achieve this, we proudly support Barncancerfonden by being a Child Supporter 2023. We encourage others to join us in supporting this vital cause, and together, we can bring hope and healing to children battling cancer. Do as we do, support Barncancerfonden | Stöd barncancerforskning Together, we help keep cancer away from children!

  • Schrodinger's Work Item and the Quest for Value

    This article is a guest contribution from Julie Starling, ActionableAgile customer, and was originally posted on her blog. Jump down to read more about Julie. We're all familiar with Schrodinger's cat right? The cat in a box which has the state of both dead and alive whilst the box is closed … when the box is opened it is one or the other. I can't help but see the parallels to work items in our system. Schrodinger's Work Item An active item in our system represents both potential value and waste ...until we deliver it, we do not know which it is. Potentially Valuable – In most instances, we engage with our customers to understand what is valuable to them. Even in cases where direct customer communication is limited, we often hold a genuine belief in the value of what we're delivering. However, complete certainty about its value remains elusive until we actually deliver the item and receive feedback. Only when our work item is in the hands of our customers can we truly determine whether the time invested has indeed been valuable. Waste - Until we deliver the item, the time we are spending on it can also be considered waste, as until it's delivered there is always a risk it won't be delivered and the time spent up until now will have been for nothing… these situations happen all the time and can be for a number of reasons, be it a change in strategy due to a global pandemic or change of requirement from our customers and everything else in between. It can also have been waste if we deliver it an no one uses it, it doesn't deliver the expected outcome or if we don't get any valuable feedback. Let The Cat Out The Box Whilst we understand that work in our system is potentially not valuable, we shouldn't be using this as a reason to not be experimental with what we deliver! Instead, we should think about getting work items out of our system as efficiently as we can. This way we can find out if it was actually valuable as quickly as possible, learn from this answer and move on with this new knowledge. Compromising quality is also not the answer! Two ways to get the cat out of the box... 1. Don’t Start! If you haven’t started working on an item then you haven’t started potentially wasting time. You can then put your efforts on keeping work that has started active and flowing. 2. Finish It! If you’ve started...then finish! One way to get an item out of a system is to finish it. On their own they may seem like two obvious and probably unhelpful points. However if we look at the bigger picture, we shouldn’t start items until we know they have the best chance of flowing through our system. When we do start, we should be managing that work in progress always with a goal of finishing. We want to keep our work flowing and keep the work as busy and active as possible. If we start items before they can flow there can be a lot of sitting around in the system. The longer the item is in the system the possibility of the item being waste just increases as the world around us changes or items become stale. Don’t Put the Cat in The Box, But If You Do, Don’t Keep It In There Longer Than Necessary In essence we shouldn’t start work until it’s the right time for our system, and when we do start it, we should be managing the work in progress with the goal of finishing. There are a number of ways in which we can manage work in progress, including... 1. Limit the amount of Work In Progress By not having too much in our system we are able to focus on what is active, less context switching and spend our efforts on keeping our work busy (keep work busy before people). If you are in a situation where you have a team of busy people and a number of work items that aren’t actively being worked on, then you probably need to start controlling your WIP. 2. Make items small The smaller work items are the easier they are going to flow through your system. We need to make sure our items are right-sized and represent the smallest possible chunk of potential value. This will help flow but it will also help us get the necessary feedback we need to know if we need to pivot in the quest for value. With this approach if the world around us changes and what we were delivering is no longer relevant, we’ve also minimized the amount of waste. 3. Take action on items that are unnecessarily aging Any item that is staying in the system unnecessarily long needs action taken on it. This could range from splitting the work item down, resolving blockers or even kicking it out of the system! But how do we know if an item is unnecessarily aging? ...I’ll be covering that in my next post. Similar to the state of Schrodinger's Cat being unknown until perceived, our work items exist in a superposition of potential value and waste. That is, until they are delivered and observed by our customers. Actively managing the work in the system shortens the time to understand its fate! TLDR; We can’t assume all work will be as valuable as we expect when we decide to do it. Work not finished has a dual nature of both potentially valuable or waste until we deliver and get feedback. To get the answer to ‘was it valuable?’ as quickly as possible we should be focusing on flow. Keep items in our system for a short of a time as possible. Keep inactive time to a minimum. Whilst work is in our system, we should be actively managing it with a goal to getting it out (at a high quality) as soon as we can. Techniques such as managing WIP, right sizing items and taking action on aging items help us to do this. About Julie Starling, Guest Writer Julie is passionate about the efficient delivery of value to customers and avoiding the illusion of certainty. In recent years she has specialized in how data can be used to drive the right conversations to do this. She encourages teams to use data in actionable ways and adjust ways of working to maximize their potential. She has spent over 15 years working in and alongside software delivery teams. In her spare time, she loves to travel, snowboard, and is obsessed with houseplants!

  • How do you use pace percentiles on ActionableAgile's aging chart?

    It is inevitable that there are ways that the software creator intends a feature to be used and there are ways that it ends up being used. 🤓 Sometimes these unintended uses can be even better than the initial idea, but other times they can end up causing harm. In a recent chat with Daniel Vacanti, we discussed this very thing about ActionableAgile™️ Analytics. I can say I was more than mildly surprised when one of my favorite features came up: the pace percentile feature on ActionableAgile's Work Item Aging chart. I love this feature because it helps you get early signals of slow work. However, after talking to and training many people, Dan saw that people very often misinterpret what this particular signal really tells us. How did he come to that conclusion? He talked to them about the decisions they would make because of the signals and saw that they weren't necessarily picking up what was intended. Instead, the decisions people were likely to make could lead to even worse outcomes than currently presented on the chart. What do you think? Are you interpreting the signals correctly? Watch this short video from Dan to find out. As always, feel free to leave your (appropriate) comments and questions on our YouTube channel!

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  • ActionableAgile Analytics Roadmap | 55 Degrees

    Improve Flow. Be Predictable. Understand how work really moves through your process so you can ask the right questions, drive meaningful improvement, and accurately forecast outcomes in uncertain situations. Try it for free Overview Pricing Roadmap FAQ Product Roadmap Learn about what we’re working on, check out what's planned and under consideration, and give feedback. Don't see what you are looking for? Submit your idea!

  • 55 Degrees | Resources

    Resources Try our virtual course at Sign Up LEAN SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT Blog posts and other useful content The 55 Degrees Official Blog - the personal blog of co-founder Julia Wester LeanKit Blog - read posts by Julia Wester LinkedIn Learning Course: Lean Software Development - by Julia Wester Slide decks from Julia Wester's conference talks Publications, Posters, and Downloadable Exercises Transformational Leadership A white-paper from our co-founder, Julia, and others on how to get started with transformational leadership. ​ Copyright: CC BY SA 4.0 . DevOps 'Secret Sauce' (e-book) Julia joins others experts to share insights on succeeding with DevOps. ​ Copyright: DevOps Institute Blog A blog about lean, agile, kanban, management and otherwise doing more with less stress by Julia Wester ​ Copyright: Spectrum Thinking Worksheet A guide to making complex decisions based on spectrum thinking and cycles of experimentation to find your "just right". ​ Copyright: CC BY NC SA 4.0 . Visualizing your work in Kanban This visual guide walks you through the simple steps to get your Kanban board up and running. ​ Copyright: CC BY SA 4.0 . Go with the Flow: A Kanban Sim A kanban simulation that highlights the impacts of context switching. ​ Copyright: CC BY SA 4.0 .

  • Trust Center | 55 Degrees

    Trust Center A culture based on security and privacy An important part of living up to our values is our commitment to data privacy and security throughout all aspects of our organization. We don't take a single step without ensuring we've taken all reasonable steps to protect your data and privacy. Protect customer and personal data at all times Comply with applicable privacy regulations Avoid processing or storing unneeded data Compliance Certifications and Standards ISO 27001 Certified SOC 2 Type 2 Audit In Progress GDPR Compliant Atlassian Security Programs Certified Our Security Partners Resources SECURITY PRACTICES Learn more about our overall product security and operations measures. SECURITY ADVISORIES See how we handle vulnerabilities and read current and past advisories. SUPPLIERS & SUBPROCESSORS See our subprocessors. Learn which data they process and when. PRODUCT-SPECIFIC SECURITY Learn more about how we handle data security in specific products. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Have a question that's not answered here? Check out our FAQ! NEED MORE DETAILS? Our automated trust portal, hosted by Vanta, allows you to see real-time lists of our monitored technical and operational measures and to access selected internal policies. Click the button below to begin the request process. Request Access

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