Naeem Hussain

Naeem Hussain
Naeem Hussain is the COO of CirrusLabs. In this role, he focuses on advisory services for the leadership team of respective organizations for enterprise transformation, scaling agile adoption across the enterprise, creating in-sourcing strategies, and implementing DevOps practices. During his consulting career, Mr. Hussain has worked with large corporate clients such as Capital One Bank, Angie's List, Urban Outfitters, Pointroll, General Services Administration, Anthem Health and Transamerica.With an MBA from the University of Chicago and an M.S. degree from the George Washington University, Mr. Hussain has held various leadership and executive positions with Siemens, ING DIRECT, Capital, COO of MGRM Holdings and Co-founder and CFO of AgileTrailblazers . Mr. Hussain also serves as a member of the George Washington University School of Engineering & Applied Sciences National Advisory Council.
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The 3 Agile Foundations of Release Orientation

Jul 4, 2018 12:00:00 AM / by Naeem Hussain posted in Release Orientation

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In order for an organization to be successful with Continuous Business Value Delivery® the organization has to set a new destination and has to create a “new” route to reach this destination. This means, we have to REVERSE ENGINEER the entire delivery process to maximize value creation at a..

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3 reasons why CEOs need to care about Agile

May 5, 2017 2:00:00 PM / by Naeem Hussain posted in Agile Organization, Digital Strategy, Visioning

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If you’re a CEO of a company, agile and scrum should be very familiar to you. If not, you run the risk of losing productivity and profit in your business. The top 3 challenges for CEOs who are driving change in their organizations to meet with shareholder expectations are:

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The 6 Top Scrum Myths Debunked

Apr 20, 2017 3:41:00 PM / by Naeem Hussain posted in Scrum, Agile Organization

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Scrum is a framework comprised of roles, events, artifacts and rules along with a set of values to be lived by Scrum Teams. We have seen Scrum done well and, in many instances, Scrum not done so well. Here's our insights into some of the more common anti-patterns where many Scrum Teams lose the..

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Enterprise DevOps Accelerates Release Orientation Adoption

May 4, 2015 11:30:00 PM / by Naeem Hussain posted in Release Orientation, DevOPs, Modernized Technology

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As we discussed in the previous blog, lean release management processes are the foundation block for release orientation. In order to amplify the value delivery across multiple synchronized value streams, an organization has to invest in Enterprise DevOps capabilities.
 
Enterprise DevOps is the..
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Enterprise Release Management Orchestration

May 3, 2015 10:30:00 PM / by Naeem Hussain posted in Release Orientation

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The first step is to get the organization aligned on a agile delivery cadence that is most appropriate depending on the type of business – more importantly the expectation from your end users. For example, if you are a bank, you would not want to bring down critical customer facing applications..

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We are speaking at Continuous Delivery Summit (CD Summit) in Washington DC!

Oct 24, 2014 2:27:00 AM / by Naeem Hussain posted in DevOPs, Continuous Business Value Delivery, Scaled Agile Framework, SAFe

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We are happy to announce that Naeem and Brian will be speaking at CD Summit on Wednesday, November 19th. Our session is called "Realizing Continuous Delivery: From Startups to Large Enterprises" - so take a look!

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Agile Enterprise Portfolio Management for Release Orientation

May 6, 2014 2:52:00 AM / by Naeem Hussain posted in Release Orientation, Enterprise Portfolio Management, Digital Strategy, Product Portfolio Management

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The third foundation –Agile Enterprise Portfolio Management– A lean project funding and tracking process that ensures Just In Time funding of ideas, so that the rest of the machinery can deliver the value at a rapid pace. In traditional organizations, budgeting and pre-planning ideas for the long..

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Sixth installment - the starting problem series - the worst leadership mistake

Mar 23, 2014 4:35:00 AM / by Naeem Hussain posted in Starting Problem Series, Agile, Agile Organizational Design, Continuous Business Value Delivery, AgiLEAD

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As experienced leaders, we expect that our managers and executives trust us as well as give us autonomy in decision-making. Some call this empowerment. The secret for this empowerment begins with trust.

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The Starting Problem Series - Fifth installment - Is innovation and reward important in agile transformation?

Mar 17, 2014 4:39:00 AM / by Naeem Hussain posted in Starting Problem Series, Agile, Agile Organizational Design, Continuous Business Value Delivery, AgiLEAD

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Inspired at @gwu @uchicago

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The Starting Problem Series – The Problem with Agile Recipe Books

Feb 2, 2014 3:44:00 AM / by Naeem Hussain posted in Starting Problem Series, Agile, AgiLEAD

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Ever tried getting a recipe book and recreating your favorite dish made by your favorite chef? You have followed all the instructions, gotten the right ingredients, and channeled your inner Emeril, but the dish still does not come out a 5-star meal. What has this got to do with agile..

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