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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.”

#SAFe #Agile #agility #organizationalagility #howto #whatnext

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 Do Committees Invent? /Conway’s Law

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Have you ever worked in an organization run by committee? All decisions requiring consensus, even the minutiae? Immutable command and control structures that were often too busy to collaborate with underlings? What did their results look like? I like how Mel ties in the social construct and communication into the discussion of organizational structures. How we work together is important, just like what we are working on.

To the extent that an organization is not completely flexible in
its communication structure, that organization will stamp out
an image of itself in every design it produces.
… Because the design that occurs first is almost never the best
possible, the prevailing system concept [the design] may need to
change. Therefore, flexibility of organization is important to
effective design. Ways must be found to reward design managers
for keeping their organizations lean and flexible.

-M. Conway

http://www.melconway.com/Home/Conways_Law.html

SAFe Scrum master with Lego Game Experiment

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IMG_0310The relentless improvement experiment continues. For the SAFe Scrum master course I instructed this week I offered to the team of teams (students) the opportunity to use the Scaled Agile baked in geekbooks.com simulation for PI Planning or simulate PI Planning using the Lego Product Development Game. The teams unanimously chose the Lego Game. Go figure. 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

The SAFe Air Bear

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We had a “SAFe Air Bear” visit us for P3 PI Planning this week! Hilarious selfie’s ensued… The SAFe Air Bear was motivating our Agile Release Planes (ARPs) to successfully plan out feature flights for the next three months (Program Increment three).

Two ARPs, and a little over 150 people participated. Still working on feature / PI Objective counts… Release Plane Flight Engineers, where are you?

We are formally requesting an “Air” version of the SAFe. Airplanes are faster than trains. They can go where trains will never reach without tracks. Quality is higher on a plane than a train. Airplanes can break the sound barrier. In-flight entertainment.

#SAFe #havefunorgohome #leanagile #agilescrum #scrum #SAFeAirBear! #SAFeAir #SAFeAgileReleasePlane #ARP

Due to privacy laws, I had to blot out people. But not the SAFe Air Bear. I do not work for or represent Scaled Agile Inc…