Peak Agile: A key problem with us “Agile” change agents

April 1, 2018 by Marshall Guillory

I’m going to do a quick retro here for the entire Agile community.

Some of you will not like it.

Some of you will hate it.

We all own it.

You are probably NOT an Agile expert.

It is interesting. This phenomenon of massive growth in “Agile” experts. Hell, I’m one of them. Guilty as charged. I am no expert.

Why? We are all fighting for our piece of the pie eh? I doubt it is purely altruistic motivations if we are being honest here. Some are more selfless than others certainly.  Continue reading “Peak Agile: A key problem with us “Agile” change agents”

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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”

Raconteur – Cognitive Bias

This infographic from Raconteur is a good summary of cognitive biases. People and hence, organizations bring their bias to work each day. How we as change agents maneuver to help build environments where those people can generate successful outcomes is important. The first step is in understanding behavior and how it is driven by our biases. I find this extremely interesting as I was a psych major for a semester. I also have a very dear friend who is a Forensic Psychologist, Dr. Shawn Roberson, whom I enjoy discussing this “Agile” thing with on occasion. There is much in the field that directly affects our skills as coaches to successfully help people transform.

Ngobi, E. (2018, January 31). Cognitive bias. Retrieved March 26, 2018, from https://www.raconteur.net/infographics/cognitive-bias

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”

Responsive Advisors: One Shocking Thing Many Agile Coaches Are Getting Wrong

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Many Agile coaches believe they know best. They believe teams must follow a certain set of steps and do things a certain way, and if they do, those teams will be more productive, happy, and successful than ever.

There’s a problem with thinking that way. That style of thinking is part of what got many organizations into the mess they’re in today. That style of management thinking derives from something called Taylorism.

Read the rest of the article on their blog.

Job, Jordan. “One Shocking Thing Many Agile Coaches Are Getting Wrong.” Responsive Advisors, 15 Mar. 2018, responsiveadvisors.com/2018/03/07/one-shocking-thing-many-agile-coaches-getting-wrong/.

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”

Update: FAA Lean-Agile Transformation

Keep up with the latest in Lean-Agile Federal Government at the MONRONeY where my FAA client is on pace for a true holistic organizational transformation in ways of thinking and working.

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