The Agile End Game 

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And the Agile Game of Thrones continues, a self-defining and destructive process where no people or processes or frameworks win. Everyone loses. The Agile End Game.

Next time can we do it TOGETHER?

Or, perhaps we should work on common ground now to defeat the enemies that so called “Agilists” claim to challenge?

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SAFe 4.5 updates & thoughts

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I have been studying the new SAFe guidance articles. I’m trying to focus on key learning areas mostly around the program level so that I can integrate the new material into courses I’m instructing. The new construct around CE/CI/CD and RoD are particularly exciting because they help us consultants map the path to agility more easily from traditionally aligned organizations.

the sum total of customer input does not a strategy make. But failing to meet real and evolving customer needs is an alternate path to extinction. A sense of balance is required. As the SAFe Lean-Agile Mindset says, “Producers innovate. Customers validate.”

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What is organizational agility?

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Enjoying the questionnaire Nissreen Barakat. I have pondered this question for a while too. I don’t feel like the answers I’ve found so far tell the whole story, although most are decent. What are your thoughts?

From your point of view, what is the definition of organizational agility?

My take at starting the discussion:

An internalization [permanent] of the capacity of an organization to consume simple, complex and/or complicated problems quickly without requiring a formal reconfiguration or restructuring (adaptability) of the organization’s internal structure while being able to deliver on the mission and value delivery in a way that customers of the organization would consider successful outcomes. Measurable organizational agility would be reflected as a learning culture focused on relentless improvement with no regret failure. “Pivoting without mercy or guilt” as Leffingwell and Knaster would say. Learning cultures in organizations should also be able to consume chaotic problems by bringing order to the chaos through iterative experimentation and study of outcomes and generation of new hypothesis. Also, organizational “agility” is possible without “Agile.”

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Em Campbell-Pretty – The Heart of Scaling Agile

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If you haven’t read Em’s book on the subject, I highly recommend it.

SAFe PMPO Course – Lean-Agile Open Space Learning Plan (experiment)

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Background for the SAFe PMPO Lean-Agile Learning Plan with Open Space Experiment

Earlier this month I co-instructed the SAFe PMPO course with my coaching team (Papa Joe “The Marine”, Joe Sr. “The Arbiter of Lean-Agile Justice”, Giuseppe “Amazing Joe” (Joewe call them), and Scottie “The RTE Guy”). It was by far the most impactful course we have instructed as part of the transformation using the SAFe as best practice guidance. The team has been working for over a year to transform my client’s (FAA-ESC) organizational culture from traditional into a continuous learning and innovation culture based on trust, stewardship, servant leadership, systems thinking, empiricism, and the Lean-Agile value system and mindset (all as The Agile End Game). Read the rest of this entry »

How to download YouTube videos on Mac OS with VLC; *but it is against the terms of service

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MANY thanks to my amazing unnamed friend/co-worker for teaching me about downloading YouTube videos.

Are you a coach struggling with youtube video disorder? You know, that awkward moment when you are trying to start a video in your course (in front of people that paid $$$ to listen to you) only to find out — NO INTERNET — or even worse, the dreaded — EVIL NON-SENSE FIREWALL — attack.

No problem. Just download all your videos to your HD. On Mac OS (the only sensible operating system), it is as simple as using VLC (which you should have already anyway). Try it out. Breathe. Thanks. Wait, something isn’t right.

Well, there is one huge problem.

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Armond Mehrabian on the 11th Annual State of Agile Report

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Great review of the report from Armond.