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I’m sitting here on Sunday morning thinking about how there is a propensity in the “Agile” space to re-name or [re] label things that already exist so they become “new” things. That action in of itself is not bad. It can create new value, new wealth.
It becomes bad when it is sold as something entirely new. Where is the innovation? In the content or context — how the pieces were moved around or collected?
It’s like adding one Gala apple to a basket of red delicious apples and then going around telling everyone the basket is full of oranges.
Then entities start making money off of the alleged “new thing.”
I’m particularly fascinated by the DEVOPS movement. Especially considering my teams were doing the essence of “DEVOPS” with the USAF as early as the late 90’s (YMMV).
Then there is this thing called Open source. Linux. The core is there too from the early 90’s with Linus.
I was watching The death of Agile – Allen Holub. 🙂
What has really changed? Thoughts?
#DEVOPS #Agile #Scrum #SAFe #Nexus #DSDM #DAD #LeSS
#questioneverything #truebusinessagility #coreprinciples #thought
Some 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.
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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Thursday, December 7, 2017
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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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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:
- Define what LPfM is first, in the context of a Lean-Agile transformation or an org mostly demonstrating Lean behavior / Agile behavior
- Is it necessary for every impl. / organization
- What size fits? Enterprise? Startups?
- Understanding a business’s portfolio(s) relationship between strategy and value streams / mapping
- Impediments to implementing LPfM”?
- 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.
- Options thinking and embracing variability and uncertainty at the portfolio level; exploiting economic opportunities.
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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.
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).
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
My client has been working hard to implement the Lean Portfolio Management functions of the Scaled Agile Framework. Part of that process is to identify value streams flowing through the organization and begin the process of identifying the work that is on the streams. The value streams were identified well over a year ago. The process of researching, analyzing and identifying all of the work has been challenging, but very fruitful. Read the rest of this entry »