Category: Scaling Frameworks

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”

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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”

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”

Reality Wins?

Sometimes “reality wins” as an excuse not to change occurs so often in an organization that the actual reality of toxic culture never improves or changes for better.

Maintaining the status quo of the existing toxic culture and behavior in an organization to obtain short-term gains significantly impedes adoption of a new value system, such as “Agile.”

Don’t trick yourself into believing you can change anything by merely relabeling the brand. The truth will come out in the relationships.

Change agents must play and commit to a long-term strategy.

#culturehacking #transformation

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”

Blogagility Learns: Feedback Loop Markers – Org Mindset Enterprise Coach Class Panel

Prosperity has its benefits. I was blessed with the opportunity to visit beautiful Boulder, CO last week to learn about the Org Mindset body of knowledge from my vlog buddy Alex Yakyma. I promised a few folks I would create a vlog review of the course. I will pull that story in my next iteration. First, I have to pass the exam by next Tuesday! Continue reading “Blogagility Learns: Feedback Loop Markers – Org Mindset Enterprise Coach Class Panel”