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Vlog – Coaching tip #5

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From the 2017 SAFe Summit in beautiful San Antonio, Texas, USA!

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The amazing CFD, visualizing your workflow; Little’s Law

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The Laws and the rules

Little’s law

“The average number of work items in a stable system is equal to their average completion rate, multiplied by their average time in the system.” ~ John Little, 1961

“A Proof for the Queuing Formula” by Little, J. D. C. (1961)

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Vlog – Coaching tip #4

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For the love of all that is good in this world, please use your blinkers. Peace be with you, regardless. 🙂

Lego Serious Play Build Example

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This is from a course on September 20-21, 2017. That thing in the red circle is the second iteration of three outcome of the “Autonomous Drone Ambulance / Medical Transport” product the team decided to build for their simulation. Very creative! It was decent when finished. I forgot to get a pic, apologies.

I have now adapted the simulation to allow the team to self-organize around the product they will develop.

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Blogagility.com lab – a team of teams self-organized product being developed circa second iteration of three.

Agile Moment: Transitioning resources to “Lean-Agile” teams in SAFe / Scrum

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Just in from the blogagility.com laboratory...

Preface

One of the many challenges faced by coaches in a Lean-Agile transformation is convincing resource owners/managers to relinquish the “control” part of command & control (see Capt. David Marquet on “Greatness”) to people & teams for the purposes of –self-organization & self-management. Or as I prefer to describe it, getting out of the way of people’s innate creativity and ability to innovate. Capt. Marquet offers pillars of competence and clarity as the recipe, of which I wholeheartedly agree.

As in the value systems of Scrum and the SAFe® – respect for people and culture, openness, and transparency are part of the fresh culture we are driving. Without these basic human elements of successful relationships and communication, trust doesn’t exist. The dual combo “T’s” of trust and truth are the kingpins in any long-lived organizational change / transformation. Read the rest of this entry »

How to System Demo like a champion!

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P4.2 Systems Demo - Team Global Enforcers nomination for world's best demo -- ever!
P4.2 Systems Demo – Team Global Enforcers nomination for world’s best demo — ever!

Every so often organizations are blessed with amazing self-organized awesomely creative teams. This is the case with my client and the playfully named “Global Enforcers.” Read the rest of this entry »

Agile Moment: The Triangulation Technique

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Sizing Challenges

If you are a coach, scrum master or team having trouble with sizing your user stories and consequently estimation of effort and collaboration in story points (volume, knowledge, complexity, uncertainty, dependencies, risk) try out the triangulation technique. This technique also works for no-estimate teams operating in non-enterprise environments. Additionally, teams that experience significant changes in velocity from iteration to iteration or story point inflation may need to use this calibration technique. Read the rest of this entry »