Reblogged: Joseph Hurtado – Beyond DevOps: Bringing Agile to the Enterprise. Why SAFe and Kanban are Leading the Way.

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Searching for Areté

“Companies rarely die from moving too fast, and they frequently die from moving too slowly.” Reed Hastings, Netflix

In the last 3 years, Agile has leaped beyond Software Development & IT to find receptive ears in the offices of important CEOs and their management teams. This time unlike what happened in the early 2000s the companies adopting Agile are large corporations that recognize the value that agility brings: happier customer, better collaboration, faster product cycles, and innovation.

Agile was born inside the world of Software Development[1] and IT, after the Agile Manifesto was released in 2001 it experienced high levels of adoption around the world, particularly in North America and Europe. Nowadays surveys put familiarity with Agile within IT departments at over 94%, most CIOs and CTOs have either adopted it already, or are in the process of improving or extending what they already have. In addition Agile is…

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A day in the life of a change agent

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How to System Demo like a champion!

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P4.2 Systems Demo - Team Global Enforcers nomination for world's best demo -- ever!
P4.2 Systems Demo – Team Global Enforcers nomination for world’s best demo — ever!

Every so often organizations are blessed with amazing self-organized awesomely creative teams. This is the case with my client and the playfully named “Global Enforcers.” Read the rest of this entry »

Agile Moment: The Triangulation Technique

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Sizing Challenges

If you are a coach, scrum master or team having trouble with sizing your user stories and consequently estimation of effort and collaboration in story points (volume, knowledge, complexity, uncertainty, dependencies, risk) try out the triangulation technique. This technique also works for no-estimate teams operating in non-enterprise environments. Additionally, teams that experience significant changes in velocity from iteration to iteration or story point inflation may need to use this calibration technique. Read the rest of this entry »

VLOG – Relative cadence Coaching Tip #3 – Story point craziness and the Triangulation Technique

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The third coaching tip vlog. I know I’m not regular. But I do have to learn and practice some time! I’ve almost no feedback so far. I also need ideas to focus on. Lots of stuff I cover as a practitioner doesn’t fit in 2-3 minutes or I can’t talk about it. Appreciated, friends.

Support the blog! New t-shirts

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I am going to order some t-shirts for friends of the blog and to hand out as swag at certain events.

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  • Would you buy one? PLEASE reply to the post and +1 so I can get an idea of how many to order


Three colors on grey t-shirts would cost me $18/shirt, plus shipping!

Black on grey t-shirts $13/shirt, plus shipping!

I would add $1 to the cost of each shirt to support the blog.



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I&A Series – “Outside team interference and noise; unnecessary outside team involvement”

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I started a new series of posts where I will answer some actual problems/ideas presented in an I&A problem solving workshop as part of open space facilitation. This is the third of a few dozen that I plan on covering. If you have any comments, please, let’s learn together.

Problem/Idea #3:

“Outside team interference and noise; unnecessary outside team involvement”


A SAFe Answer

This problem is not unique to the SAFe or Lean-Agile space. It exists in every organization I’ve encountered.

It is, however, a big, common problem. How many times have you or your team been “redirected” to work on the latest fire fighting drill? Was this time accounted for in the waterfall/traditional silo planned WBS that you are working against? I’m certain your manager and project managers always go back to the integrated master schedule (IMS) to reflect lost productivity. IMS’s always account for production down, maintenance, operations? Sure they do. Especially when the team doing costing gets to review the proposal and “tweak” the final numbers. [insert massive sarcasm]

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