Category: Organizational Agility

Paradigm shift: Slicing Features

Adventures in slicing features.

Teams need to learn the artful skill of slicing features into stories a related to their business context and domain purpose. A typical anti-pattern is for teams to waterfall their iterations, as described in the next two scenarios.

The first iteration we will gather all the requirements, the second iteration we will design, the third and fourth iterations we will build, and the fifth iteration we will test…and so on…

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This is an inter-waterfall anti-pattern. It is essentially a pure waterfall approach chopped up into smaller time boxes.

Another derivation of this anti-pattern is to order up another form of phony business agility and/or Scrum.

In this iteration we will pull “requirements gathering” stories first. When those are all finished, we will pull the “design stories”, and then “build” stories…

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In this case, it is an intra-waterfall anti-pattern.

The next common anti-pattern related to intra-waterfall is for dev team members to pull stories and work on them independently. This is a siloing ant-pattern, indicating the team is not cross-functional and is simply a collection of silos and individual waterfalls. Continue reading “Paradigm shift: Slicing Features”

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The Knowledge Worker Factory

Does it really exist?

Or are we still working in the blacksmith shop? Will it take AI to bridge the gap?

In Lean manufacturing companies that build physical things have been able to improve quality consistently and dramatically since the dawn of the industrial age.

Here many of us are in the post-industrial, Information Technology or Digital Age.

When we change the channel to knowledge work, companies struggle mightily to match the pace of quality and outcomes of physical manufacturers, even to this day. Why?

XP, Agile, Scrum, DEVOPS, Kanban for Software, Scaling Frameworks

Are these practices, methods, frameworks, and guidance really helping the knowledge worker factory catch up with companies that make physical things? Perhaps there is some evidence to support the claim. Continue reading “The Knowledge Worker Factory”

Scrum 2.0 – The Scrum Manager

The new new new Scrum.

Gone are the days when a Scrum master was the facilitator of a process framework.

New new new Scrum 2.0 brings in a new perception and fallacious understanding of the Scrum master role as a manager. The Scrum Manager. Continue reading “Scrum 2.0 – The Scrum Manager”

The Scrum Song – vlog – Coaching Tip #9

Lot’s of instructors will tell you about the common escape clause for Scrum, “Scrum Is Simple but Not Easy.” I read another article that makes a much more valid point, “Scrum is easy, people are hard.” The latter diving into how people learn and more importantly, how they change. Or not.

Any two-day course is only the beginning. In two days, you are getting exposed to a breadth of knowledge about Scrum. If you are lucky enough to learn Scrum from a provider that includes Bowman’s Back of the Room and/or Gamification techniques then you will also be exposed to a surface level experience of how Scrum is intended to work.

Continue reading “The Scrum Song – vlog – Coaching Tip #9”

How to PI System Demo like a boss

SAFe® The Evidence Series #1

Check out the amazing things that high performance, motivated teams can do. This is business agility and Lean-Agile culture at its best. The transformation of my client’s organization is amazing. We are using Lean, Agile, Scrum, Kanban (and systems thinking), SAFe®, OrgMindset®, and other tools to inspire and persuade a positive change in culture at the FAA-ESC.

It is hard work, but it is worth every minute of it. It isn’t perfect, but the results are significant and measurable. The “why” was a burning platform. Now, just a few PI’s later, it is a thriving platform. We focus on the goals, not the tools to achieve positive business outcomes.

Congratulations to Team Armada for winning the “Relentless Improvers” innovation football for PI6.

Big kudos to John Wiese and his team for putting together an awe-inspiring PI System Demo.

Special thanks to the FAA-ESC, John Wiese, and teams for providing permission to publish the video under the safe harbor notice/policy. Also, special thanks to Matt Taylor for sharing a different video perspective as a content contributor.

#SAFe #Agile #Culture #OrgMindset #BigLakeSoftware

 

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VersionOne 12th Annual State of Agile Report – Scaling Methods Growth Comparison

The newest VersionOne 12th Annual State of Agile Report was released on April 9, 2018. Last year I compared the growth of scaling frameworks and methods to each other year over year. (click here to see the report from last year) Continue reading “VersionOne 12th Annual State of Agile Report – Scaling Methods Growth Comparison”

The Output Trap

A short story, April 11, 2018, by Marshall Guillory

It was that day again. Powerpoint Commando day. Just like every day on this job. I had never felt more frustrated in my entire career. After all, why did I spend so much of my life educating myself and gaining all of this great business experience and honing my skills if I was going to be reduced to the modus of a PowerPoint clown? That’s what it felt like at least when my VP, a charismatic and gutsy leader, Mike, would call and ask, “Hey do you have those quad charts for the Falcon program updated for the executive review tomorrow?” Continue reading “The Output Trap”