Category: Scaled Agile Framework

The Agile End Game & the Agile Fallacy

March 28, 2018 - by Marshall Guillory

Agile is itself a fallacy

“We are ‘Agile’ because we were delivering ‘working software’ every two weeks”

But did we build the right thing? Do the right thing? Was it valuable?

Oops, we forgot to read the details… the values AND the principles are important. Is it a good thing they clarified the value in the #1 principle on the second page?

What about culture? Not so simple as four plus twelve equals Agile? Continue reading “The Agile End Game & the Agile Fallacy”

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SAFe® POPM Guide

The first SAFe® POPM Guide & Checklists

Blogagility.com and our sponsor Big Lake Software are very pleased to present the first guide with checklists designed for SAFe product stewards & practitioners – The Blogagility.com SAFe® POPM Guide & Checklists (View interactive version here). The guide includes checklists for each of the roles in a scaled agile implementation using SAFe as a framework. Each checklist includes guidance on the following topics as follows. Click the links below for the individual portions of the guide and the checklists: Continue reading “SAFe® POPM Guide”

Agile Moment: Lego Serious play for SAFe® Teams Sim

During the Lego Serious play for SAFe® Teams Sim this week one of the teams decided they were a component team supporting the rest of the ART.

Do you think the experiment worked?

Continue reading “Agile Moment: Lego Serious play for SAFe® Teams Sim”

Retrospectives @Scale within SAFe® portfolio context

Did you know that the value of facilitating retrospectives is also valuable at scale? In other words, facilitating cross-organizational retrospectives. Improvement is necessary to create better business outcomes. Relentless improvement should be a prime directive in every Lean-Agile organization.

In particular, if you are working within a Lean-Agile SAFe® portfolio you may be familiar with some of the following retrospectives. Others may not be so obvious. The point of which is that we should retro our performance for significant activities/ceremonies. When there are obvious bottlenecks in the system, do a retro, and use wisdom when this is not the case. And remember the easiest way to fail at a retrospective is to neglect to create improvement stories that make their way into the backlog. Continue reading “Retrospectives @Scale within SAFe® portfolio context”

The Death of Agile – How to rename stuff and make money

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 supposedly become “new” things. That action in of itself is not bad. It can create new value, new wealth, new knowledge. Perhaps?

It becomes bad when it is sold as something entirely new, but it isn’t actually. Where is the innovation? In the content or context — how the pieces were moved around or collected or displayed?

Continue reading “The Death of Agile – How to rename stuff and make money”

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

NEWS RELEASE

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.

 

Read the rest of the news release at Big Lake Software.

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

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.