Agile Software Development

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

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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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!

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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. 🙂

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 »

VLOG – Relative cadence Coaching Tip #3 – Story point craziness and the Triangulation Technique

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The third coaching tip vlog. I know I’m not regular. But I do have to learn and practice some time! I’ve almost no feedback so far. I also need ideas to focus on. Lots of stuff I cover as a practitioner doesn’t fit in 2-3 minutes or I can’t talk about it. Appreciated, friends.

I&A Series – “Outside team interference and noise; unnecessary outside team involvement”

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I started a new series of posts where I will answer some actual problems/ideas presented in an I&A problem solving workshop as part of open space facilitation. This is the third of a few dozen that I plan on covering. If you have any comments, please, let’s learn together.

Problem/Idea #3:

“Outside team interference and noise; unnecessary outside team involvement”

 

A SAFe Answer

This problem is not unique to the SAFe or Lean-Agile space. It exists in every organization I’ve encountered.

It is, however, a big, common problem. How many times have you or your team been “redirected” to work on the latest fire fighting drill? Was this time accounted for in the waterfall/traditional silo planned WBS that you are working against? I’m certain your manager and project managers always go back to the integrated master schedule (IMS) to reflect lost productivity. IMS’s always account for production down, maintenance, operations? Sure they do. Especially when the team doing costing gets to review the proposal and “tweak” the final numbers. [insert massive sarcasm]

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Lego product development simulation game

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Enhancing the understanding process by simulation of cadence and ceremonies. A very valuable teaching technique. Still experimenting with how to effectively integrate into various courses.

#SAFe #Scrum #Agile #Lean