SAFe PI Planning Simulation Experiment – Building a House

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Simulation Blues

After instructing “SAFe® for Teams” a half-dozen or so times now using the stock slides I decided to experiment with simulation improvements to address concerns / challenges students have had learning about program level PI Planning on a team of teams in SAFe context. The geekbooks.com simulation and intent and timing of SAFe for Teams as part of the overall “Implementation Roadmap” does not fit my client. Financial services and information technology go hand in hand. One size fits all courses…don’t. That being said, the content, slides/materials and learning path are top-notch quality from the amazing thought leaders at Scaled Agile. They have to please everybody. But the use case here with my client is different. Hence the experiment.

I have been teaching SAFe for Teams over the past few months with the stock v4.x slide deck and in musca change of the geekbooks simulation in favor of “Building a House.” It was quite a bit more effective as a learning tool than the stock simulation. However it takes much more time for setup of features and story development. Plus I had to coach the Exec/PMPO/Arch’s on the context vision slides separately. PO’s had to have time to write up the features while the other instructor continued with the course. Or as in most cases I teach by myself (not recommended)… we take a class break while the PO’s and I create features.

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Self-organized teams identifying domains in simulation

Since then I have found some time to create new slides to draw in the context of the Build a House PI planning simulation into the SAI instructional material (no I don’t change any of their slides; license compatible; Enterprise client). Read the rest of this entry »

Gamification Test Simulation with Lego and Scrum

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Your humble servant leader facilitated a test simulation today with a Lego Scrum product development game. Going to do some research on how to integrate this into SAFe courses. The participant coaches/volunteers agreed it would be more effective as a learning tool than the default simulation in the various Lean-Agile-SAFe courses we are teaching. Read the rest of this entry »

Scaling Frameworks Key Takeaway from the 11th State of Agile Report

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The SAFe is WINNING

With the new State of Agile Report being released by VersionOne an interesting trend is clear. The SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework for the enterprise) is gaining ground. The answer to “why?” is evident in the numerous successful implementations of the framework as guidance for organizations desiring better outcomes. It is working for my clients as well. Stay tuned for more on that.

Scrum/Scrum of Scrums scaling frameworks fall 45%!

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Kudos Tree is growing…

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Spring is just around the corner. Do you think more leaves will come with the warm weather?img_1245

New SAFe VelociPacity Tool

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Coaches and Practitioners of Lean-Agile and the SAFe

In my experience the amount of time that we get to spend in Lean-Agile and SAFe courses on the subject of Velocity and Capacity Planning is inadequate. So I spent some time building a tool for one of my client organizations. I have since spent some time greatly enhancing the tool and getting it ready for distribution. I am offering the tool for free. All that I ask is if you decide that the tool has value and you are going to use it, to like my blog. Perhaps even share this article on your favorite social media.  Read the rest of this entry »

Essential SAFe and the Agile End Game

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Essential SAFe 4.0, Scaled Agile, Inc.

The good folks at Scaled Agile, the SAFe® community, Agile agnostics, consultants, and some in the “Agile” community are onto something incredibly important in defining the elusive and dynamic Agile End Game for organizations. Read the rest of this entry »

The Cynefin Framework reference

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Sketch of the Cynefin framework, by Edwin Stoop

I can’t say that I agree at all with Dave Snowden’s approach to communication. The guy is rough around the edges, a “perpetual curmudgeon” in his own words. And that is describing it kindly. He does have some good ideas on decision making though. Read the rest of this entry »