2017 Agile Online Summit vlog

This is my (Marshall Guillory) vlog interview and discussion with Tom Henricksen for the 2017 Agile Online Summit – The virtual agile conference. Tom is a very generous gentleman and I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to share my ideas and thoughts with the AOS community. Thank you Tom, we all owe you a debt of gratitude for your efforts!

 

Also, keep an eye out for my vlog with Alex Yakyma, the author of “The Rollout”, all around nice guy, founder of Org Mindset, and thought leader in the Lean-Agile space.

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Interesting Lean-Agile Articles for the week

I have been very busy the past few weeks with various things so I apologize for the lack of new content. I did run across a few great articles that I suggest you read (approx. 20m total reading plus 55m video).

Lean-Agile Budgeting – Oct 4, 2017, 3:00 PM| Maarit Laanti

How to use Personas for Empathy Mapping – Article No :1264 | June 27, 2014 | by Nikki Knox

Scrum Guide 2017 Update! – Sutherland and Schwaber

SAFe for Government Programs (I’ve really enjoyed the process of helping to develop this new course!) – Dr. Mayner and H. Koehnemann.

Embracing your Genius – M. Willeke

New SPC Toolkit for Scalable DevOps and the Continuous Delivery Pipeline – Scaled Agile  –  Jennifer Fawcett, Product Owner and SAFe Fellow

Stretched Target on a Sprint? Please Stop!

Authored by Preetam De, a blogagility.com contributing author.

In the last few days several people have asked me a question about stretched targets on Scrum sprints – not sure if it was a co-incidence or an ongoing vibe. So I will take a moment to explain it.

This article will not revisit the negative consequences in detail of having a stretch target. I will assume the obvious with a quick recap, so I can focus on the solution in detail rather than discussing the problem.

Quick Recap – Why do we think we need it?

  1. When we feel the need to manage a person rather than the work they do.
  2. When we focus on Efficiency over Effectiveness.
  3. When we focus more on tools and practices more than the principles behind them.
  4. To impress stakeholders they need everything “right now”
  5. To impress authority by over-estimating our capabilities
  6. When we assume – “What happened last sprint won’t happen again”
  7. When we don’t trust a team member and say “We need to keep them busy”

How can we avoid Stretch Targets?

A) By focusing on the flow of work that matches the business need Continue reading “Stretched Target on a Sprint? Please Stop!”

SAFe® Epic + Capabilities Board An example of a physical SAFe® Epic + Capabilities Board

EpicCapabilitiesBoard
SAFe® Epics and Capabilities mapped out in priority order. Copyright 2017 Blogagility.com.

My client has been working hard to implement the Lean Portfolio Management functions of the Scaled Agile Framework. Part of that process is to identify value streams flowing through the organization and begin the process of identifying the work that is on the streams. The value streams were identified well over a year ago. The process of researching, analyzing and identifying all of the work has been challenging, but very fruitful. Continue reading “SAFe® Epic + Capabilities Board An example of a physical SAFe® Epic + Capabilities Board”

Vlog – Coaching tip #5

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

Agile Moment: New SAFe planned business value tool for business owners…

I was just having a bit of fun this morning, but perhaps there is some way to enhance our learning?

From my original LinkedIn post.

“Business Value Bowling” everyone is ten pins and one frame away from accurately assessing business value at the end of the PI!

#SAFe #SAFeSummit #havingfunonmonday Continue reading “Agile Moment: New SAFe planned business value tool for business owners…”

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

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)

Continue reading “The amazing CFD, visualizing your workflow; Little’s Law”