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Essential SAFe and the Agile End Game

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Essential SAFe 4.0, Scaled Agile, Inc.

The good folks at Scaled Agile, the SAFe® community, Agile agnostics, consultants, and some in the “Agile” community are onto something incredibly important in defining the elusive and dynamic Agile End Game for organizations. Read the rest of this entry »

Focus on family with an Agile mindset and Scrum.

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Focus on family with an Agile mindset and Scrum.

I read a parenting article a few months ago about family dinner table discussions with your kids. It was great stuff. The recommendations centered around three questions. 1. What was the favorite part of your day? 2. What was the least favorite part of your day? 3. Is there anything else that you want to talk about? Amazingly, just like in the Scrum ceremony these questions generate amazing discussion (collaboration) with the family. My three children have become accustomed to the ceremony now. So, it is even more fun playing the experience through. Anything that I can do to bring my family closer together as a unit is premium! Sound familiar?

Try it out and report your findings here on my blog or at Microsoft LinkedTwo.

AGILE MOMENT: Framing a User Story, a Visualization.

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framingauserstoryblogagilityWhat does it mean to frame a user story? This often can be a difficult process to explain. Try to use this technique when you are teaching planning poker and writing user stories.

As we work through the process of doing planning poker to create amazing estimates (based on: knowledge, uncertainty, volume, and complexity) we learn more about the quality of the user story being presented. Newly formed teams (forming, storming) often find that their stories can be difficult to describe and gain consensus (on the estimate) and shared understanding. As a coach this is when I walk to the board and draw the infamous U.A.B. (unknown amorphous blob). Watch the video for the description of the technique.YMMV, but I find it useful for describing part of the intent behind user story telling. Learn more here.

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!

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http://www.scaledagile.com/leading-safe/

Committing to Sprint Goals

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Is your agile 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 agile 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.

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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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AGILE MOMENT: Agile Transformations and ROI

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Agile Transformations and ROI

This question was asked recently on a social network Scrum group. I thought that it was very relevant and also a common request from executives that desire an evaluation of ROI for agile transformations. However, it is important to consider both efficiency and the effectiveness of your agile transformation. Read the rest of this entry »