Agility

What is organizational agility?

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Enjoying the questionnaire Nissreen Barakat. I have pondered this question for a while too. I don’t feel like the answers I’ve found so far tell the whole story, although most are decent. What are your thoughts?

From your point of view, what is the definition of organizational agility?

My take at starting the discussion:

An internalization [permanent] of the capacity of an organization to consume simple, complex and/or complicated problems quickly without requiring a formal reconfiguration or restructuring (adaptability) of the organization’s internal structure while being able to deliver on the mission and value delivery in a way that customers of the organization would consider successful outcomes. Measurable organizational agility would be reflected as a learning culture focused on relentless improvement with no regret failure. “Pivoting without mercy or guilt” as Leffingwell and Knaster would say. Learning cultures in organizations should also be able to consume chaotic problems by bringing order to the chaos through iterative experimentation and study of outcomes and generation of new hypothesis. Also, organizational “agility” is possible without “Agile.”

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Crown and Lean-Agile Comparison

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Tell the truth, what were you thinking when you read the title? ­čÖé

crownmI observed something while installing crown molding in my living room this weekend. The amount of “fill” and “sanding” and repainting that needs to be done is directly proportional to the skill and experience of the trim carpenter (me in this case). Read the rest of this entry »

SAFe PI Planning Simulation Experiment┬á– Building a House

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Simulation Blues

After instructing “SAFe┬« for Teams” a half-dozen or so times now using the stock slides I decided to experiment with simulation improvements to address concerns / challenges students have had learning about program level PI Planning on a team of teams in SAFe context. The geekbooks.com simulation and intent and timing of SAFe for Teams as part of the overall “Implementation Roadmap” does not fit my client. Financial services and information technology go hand in hand. One size fits all courses…don’t. That being said, the content, slides/materials and learning path are top-notch quality from the amazing thought leaders at┬áScaled Agile. They have to please everybody. But the use case here with my client is different. Hence the experiment.

I have been teaching SAFe for Teams over the past few months with the stock v4.x┬áslide deck and in musca┬áchange of the geekbooks simulation in favor of “Building a House.” It was quite a bit more effective as a learning tool than the stock simulation.┬áHowever it takes much more time for setup of features and story development. Plus I had to coach the Exec/PMPO/Arch’s on the context vision slides separately. PO’s had to have time to write up the features while the other instructor continued with the course. Or as in most cases I teach by myself (not recommended)… we take a class break while the PO’s and I create features.

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Self-organized teams identifying domains in simulation

Since then I have found some time to create new slides to draw in the context of the Build a House PI planning simulation into the SAI instructional material (no I don’t change any of their slides; license compatible; Enterprise client). Read the rest of this entry »

SAFe Scrum master with SSM certification

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A new SAFe Scrum master course was announced for Oklahoma!

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