Booked! Leading SAFe

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I am teaching Leading SAFe with my co-instructor Jose (Joe) LaTorre USMC (Ret.) this Friday! The kit is prepared! We have some prep work to do still but I am SUPER EXCITED about teaching the course! Thanks to the Scaled Agile, Inc. folks for the support and to my gracious and eager to learn clients at ESC!



Updates to the Scrum Guide – The 5 Scrum values take center stage – Community Blog

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Today Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland, the creators of Scrum delivered a webinar on their latest update to the Scrum Guide.  The update was a simple one, adding the 5 values of Scrum to the Guide. And when I say simple I mean simple in terms of…

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, …

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We are celebrating our Independence Day in the USA! The fight against tyranny is a part of our history. This nation was built on freedom and sacrifice. A nation of liberty earned with great sacrifices from our men and women. A nation of people who loved and feared God, and are loved by God. Thank you to all those whom have (and will) served our country in uniform. Their efforts enable us the freedom from which we can conduct business!

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SAFe Update – an awesome new essentials window

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There was an update on the SAFe on June 23, 2016 where the good folks at Scaled Agile released a simplified version of the SAFe Big Picture. This new tool will make it easier to introduce the Scaled Agile Framework for the Enterprise to folks whom are not familiar with it. Read the rest of this entry »

Committing to Sprint Goals

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Is your Scrum team developing a solid set of goals for each sprint? If you are doing so how well is the team meeting the commitment?

Sprint goals are the most important first step in planning any sprint in Scrum. The Scrum team must come up with a set of goals to aspire to during the sprint. Without defined goals, the focus will land on simply achievement of completing the stories planned or a number of story points (or sizes of t-shirts or animals, whatever).

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Where are you leading people on Agile Frameworks?

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Are you misleading people about Agile, Scrum and the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)?

This past week (and for years) I have experienced several people and even a fairly well known “agile tool space” vendor passing misinformation around about Agile, Scrum and the Scaled Agile Framework for the Enterprise (SAFe). The offending parties, in the context of their misrepresentations, are attacking the Scrum framework and the SAFe. Labeling them as processes!

To what end?

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The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Learning Journey

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I am really thrilled to learn more about the Scaled Agile Framework after going through the SPC course and certification process. A big thank you to Eric Willeke as he is an amazing instructor and has clearly mastered the material. I am not a fan of certifications as a KPI for job applicants. Only as indicators of formal education on subject matter. In this case, SAFe brings meaning and harmony to many, many things that we have all been doing for so many years. At least now I have a beautiful framework to show when I talk about organizational transformation, e2 maximization, transparency, alignment, and relentless improvement!

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