Tag: Information Technology

Customer Service matters – Balsamiq

An exemplar of amazing customer service happened to me today. Anna M. from Balsamiq (Mockups) was professional, courteous, and responsive in solving my licensing problem with a smile! We should stop the machine occasionally and recognize people that are doing things right! Thank you Anna!

#balsamiq #customerservice #thanks #mockups

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A Phoenix Burns

Bill, Chris, John, Patty, and Wes walk into a bar to fret over the demise of their accomplishments…

If only they had conceived that constraints also exist outside of the IT manufacturing system.

All they accomplished was to build a faster, more reliable and better handling car for Steve to drive like he stole it. Steve’s behavior didn’t change, nor did the culture. The culture changed in the part but not the whole. Continue reading “A Phoenix Burns”

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. Continue reading “Essential SAFe and the Agile End Game”

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Learning Journey

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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Reblog: Agile Failure Patterns In Organizations

An excellent article by Stefan Wolpers that consolidates his findings of common failure patterns for agile scrum xp, lean/kanban implementations.

Agile Failure Patterns In Organizations

reblogged with permission from Mr. Wolpers.

AGILE MOMENT: Agile Transformations and ROI

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. Continue reading “AGILE MOMENT: Agile Transformations and ROI”

Agile Moment: How to estimate Story Points using Planning Poker

(see also: Agile Moment: Equating Story Points to TimeScrum Effort Estimation, Practical Guide Story Points Estimation, How Story Points relate to hours, Story Points vs. Task Hours, Planning Poker)

Overview

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Estimating story points for user stories that implement features on the Scrum teams product roadmap / product backlog is a critical planning exercise. All Scrum teams should utilize planning methods to estimate engineering efforts for future work. There are many possible methods available to estimate effort. However, for teams that are using Agile frameworks like Scrum, a proven, highly effective method of choice is Planning Poker. The overall goal of planning poker is to establish a clear consensus on an estimate for a given scope of work or user story.

Normalization of a relative estimating technique is absolutely critical for a team to reach a high-performance state. This also directly impacts an organization’s ability to perform capacity planning and management in scaled Agile applications.

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