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Upgrades! Power up your coaching

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Time for a few upgrades. Since I can’t add anymore brain cells… I’ll settle for aids.

I tried the iPad with the fire timer. That was a fire fail because you have to deal with keeping it charged all day. Plus, it encourages students to play with their electronics.

timer

And, what about breaks and time boxes? Yelling isn’t very kind and your voice will need all the reserved cycles it can get. Chimes are awesome and you can use them as a reward for games by letting the winner play the song.

chimes

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SAFe© – The Program Dependency Board, a real life working example

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I promised a picture of the (jokingly) “super duper dependency board runway” (PDB) for our Agile Release Planes (ART) two weeks ago from my amazing uber client people at ESC. Well, here you go.

before the ART 1 and ART 3 PI4 Planning (P4 PIP):

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How to describe a Fractal in Agile

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A fractal is a mathematical set that exhibits a repeating pattern displayed at every scale.

Modularity and Fractal behaviors of scaling “Agile” frameworks. Do you see the consequential behavior of scaled Agile implementations as fractal patterns? Shouldn’t they be or are they?

Should a team’s relative estimating be fractal? performance in value and successful outcomes?

Any math nerds want to help out a coach? Does the analogy work?

Admittedly, I’m not smart enough to wrap my head around much more than simple addition and subtraction. I do see the similarities and I am always looking for better ways to describe what we teach. Thoughts?

The thought leaders that lost their way

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Kent Beck – “This Agile thing should be about the need to heal the divide between business and development.”

And here we are in 2017 with scaling framework zealots launching rockets and starting wars bashing other frameworks? Doing exactly what Mr. Beck’s vision was against. Not debating ideas in the marketplace respectfully. Outright disrespectfully bashing and promoting misinformation campaigns.

WHY? Have you lost your way illustrious thought leaders? Aren’t we supposed to be better than this as change agents for good? What happened to healing the divide between business and developers?

Why are you creating divisions in this fledgling “Agile” revolution? For money? Fame?

This is not “Agile” behaviour.

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SAFe© Business Value (BV) reflection

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I encourage all readers to check out the SAFe© guidance article on the subject before
reading this article. SAFe© and Scaled Agile Framework© are registered trademarks of 
Scaled Agile Inc.

An aside about Business Value reflection

Some SAFe© acronyms defined:
Epic Owner (EO), Business Owner (BO), Product Owner (PO), Product Manager(PM), Lean Portfolio Management (LPM), Scrum master (SM), Release/Solution Train Engineer (RTE/STE), Solution Management (SMg), Business Value (BV), Story Points (SP)


In SAFe©, a long-lived ART should come to a state where Business Value (BV) is reflective, but not equal to in any way, of normalized story points at the team level. Read the rest of this entry »

Leading SAFe 4.5 August 15-16, 2017

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Join us the 15th and 16th in Arlington, VA in August to broaden your horizons in the two day Leading SAFe 4.5 course with your humble servant leader instructor Marshall Guillory, consultant and trainer from i360 Technologies, a bronze Scaled Agile partner.

$995 per student including all the learning materials and dizzying heights you can bear.

Email or PM Marshall directly for details here or on LinkedIn.

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Figuring out PI Objectives in SAFe

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I am no artist but at least I try. Here are the general guidelines to develop PI Objectives. Try not to regurgitate your teams pulled features as objectives. Think about how your team is going to deliver business value to the customer.