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SAFe® Program Predictability Measure Worksheet Tool

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A free tool provided by blogagility.com and your humble blogger Marshall Guillory.

A SAFe way to calculate the Program Predictability Measure

Occasionally I get requests from folks asking about a working version of the charting tool used to display the SAFe Program Predictability Measure (PPM) for an Agile Release Train (ART). I was serving it on a case by case basis up until now. Something must be going on because I’ve had quite a few requests in the past few weeks. Make some noise folks! In the interest of efficiency I’m just going to publish it so you may download it at your leisure.

Well, here is the tool provided free of charge with a Creative Commons Attribution license, please. No warranty or support is implied or provided with this spreadsheet. If you would like to inquire about my consulting services please visit agilerising.com.

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Exploring the economics of decision making in SAFe® through gamification

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Economic thinking and principles

In the popular Scaled Agile Framework for Lean Enterprises (SAFe) we strive to “apply a comprehensive economic framework” through Principle #1: Take an Economic View. Certainly, part of how we deliver on this framework is through the natural decentralized decision making process that occurs when real Agile teams hypothesize their way through optimizing batch sizes, building quality in, and relentlessly improving. Breaking down work into slices of working software/deliverables/efforts that are potentially shippable (i.e. features) each iteration.

I believe that the dominant paradigm for managing product development is fundamentally wrong. Not just a little wrong, but wrong to its very core. It is as wrong as we were in manufacturing, before the Japanese unlocked the secret of lean manufacturing. I believe that a new paradigm is emerging, one that challenges the current orthodoxy of product development.

Reinertsen, Donald G.. The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development (p. 1). Celeritas Publishing. Kindle Edition.

At scale, we apply the same core thinking to how we invest in Epics and Features. Run experiments.

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Love Letter to Clojure (Part 1) by Gene Kim

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Learning the Clojure programming language changed my life, and led to revelations about invisible structures required for developers to be productive.

Source: Love Letter to Clojure (Part 1) by Gene Kim