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FAA’s – Administrator Huerta Offers Farewell to MMAC Employees as His Term Comes to a Close

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As the month of November comes to a close, so will Michael Huerta’s time as the FAA Administrator, as his 5-year term ends, January 2018. Aeronautical Center employees were pleased that the Administrator chose to make one last visit to the Center as he finishes out his 7-year career with the FAA. During his two-day visit to the Center, he and Max Slutsky, his special assistant participated in a Town Hall meeting where the Administrator recognized and praised the critical work being accomplished across the Center, and for the employees’ ability to stay focused on the core mission of providing the safest and most efficient aerospace system in the world. The Administrator commented, “Think about our narrative now vs. where it used to be. Think about the number of aircraft registered. It took us 100 years, to get to the point where 300,000 aircraft were registered; it took us only two years to get to having 1-million aircraft registered. We are more flexible and nimble as an agency than ever before.” Michelle Coppedge, Aeronautical Center Director, provided opening remarks and commended his efforts in providing invaluable support to the Center over the years. “He’s really stood behind many of our accomplishments as aviation has changed a lot in just 5 years,” Coppedge said. She highlighted several advances that have occurred during his term: the growth of the new common Air Route Surveillance Radar; renovations of the Systems Training Building; providing urgent support that was needed when the agency needed to hire over 1,400 air traffic controllers while receiving 29,000 job applications; and providing support during some of the state’s and nation’s catastrophic storms.

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Come home Oreos, go home fear

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800px-Oreo-Two-CookiesSome of us are so busy chasing the next goal that we forget to enjoy the stuff in the middle. Like an Oreo. Don’t forget the milk too.milk-435295_960_720.png

Even worse, we sometimes completely ignore the important stuff in the middle.

Which causes us to not meet our goals. Which causes suffering.  Read the rest of this entry »

News: BLS Awarded Enterprise Agility Services Contract to support the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

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NEWS RELEASE

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Big Lake Software, LLC.
+1 (602) 748-4797
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Phoenix, Arizona: Big Lake Software, LLC. (BLS) was awarded a task order contract to provide Scaled Agile Framework for the Lean Enterprise (SAFe®) program consulting services for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Enterprise Services Center (ESC) with their business partner and prime contractor Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). BLS will be continuing service as a provider of subject matter expertise and consulting to the government in support of an ongoing SAFe implementation. BLS will also provide SAFe training and instruction as their enterprise agility coaches work with the partner organization to support customer efforts to transform culture to one consistent with a Lean-Agile mindset. BLS staff will also perform assessments of current capabilities and make recommendations for improvements to current processes and methods in place within the client organization. BLS will also support the implementation of continuous exploration, continuous integration, automated testing and continuous deployment capabilities into the client’s systems environments to affect more successful outcomes in product and service delivery.

 

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vlog #6 – A discussion on Lean Portfolio Management (LPfM) with Alex Yakyma

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Big Lake Software sponsored a video log on the topic of Lean Portfolio Management with Alex Yakyma, Founder of Org Mindset, author of “The Rollout”, and Marshall Guillory, Principal Consultant, Enterprise Agility Coach and author at blogagility.com.

This vlog is longer than the normal 2-3 minutes for hard hitting, short timebox coaching videos. The discussion covers quite a bit of ground on five primary topics within LPfM at a fair depth for a little over 32 minutes.

Part 1 Topics:

  1. Define what LPfM is first, in the context of a Lean-Agile transformation or an org mostly demonstrating Lean behavior / Agile behavior 
    1. Is it necessary for every impl. / organization
    2. What size fits? Enterprise? Startups?
  2. Understanding a business’s portfolio(s) relationship between strategy and value streams / mapping
  3. Impediments to implementing LPfM”? 
  4. How to get in front of forecasting with the portfolio coupled with the idea of exploration and validated learning at the highest level in the org.
  5. Options thinking and embracing variability and uncertainty at the portfolio level; exploiting economic opportunities.

2017 Agile Online Summit vlog

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This is my (Marshall Guillory) vlog interview and discussion with Tom Henricksen for the 2017 Agile Online Summit – The virtual agile conference. Tom is a very generous gentleman and I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to share my ideas and thoughts with the AOS community. Thank you Tom, we all owe you a debt of gratitude for your efforts!

 

Also, keep an eye out for my vlog with Alex Yakyma, the author of “The Rollout”, all around nice guy, founder of Org Mindset, and thought leader in the Lean-Agile space.

Interesting Lean-Agile Articles for the week

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I have been very busy the past few weeks with various things so I apologize for the lack of new content. I did run across a few great articles that I suggest you read (approx. 20m total reading plus 55m video).

Lean-Agile Budgeting – Oct 4, 2017, 3:00 PM| Maarit Laanti

How to use Personas for Empathy Mapping – Article No :1264 | June 27, 2014 | by Nikki Knox

Scrum Guide 2017 Update! – Sutherland and Schwaber

SAFe for Government Programs (I’ve really enjoyed the process of helping to develop this new course!) – Dr. Mayner and H. Koehnemann.

Embracing your Genius – M. Willeke

New SPC Toolkit for Scalable DevOps and the Continuous Delivery Pipeline – Scaled Agile  –  Jennifer Fawcett, Product Owner and SAFe Fellow