Scaling Frameworks

vlog #6 – A discussion on Lean Portfolio Management (LPfM) with Alex Yakyma

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Big Lake Software sponsored a video log on the topic of Lean Portfolio Management with Alex Yakyma, Founder of Org Mindset, author of “The Rollout”, and Marshall Guillory, Principal Consultant, Enterprise Agility Coach and author at blogagility.com.

This vlog is longer than the normal 2-3 minutes for hard hitting, short timebox coaching videos. The discussion covers quite a bit of ground on five primary topics within LPfM at a fair depth for a little over 32 minutes.

Part 1 Topics:

  1. Define what LPfM is first, in the context of a Lean-Agile transformation or an org mostly demonstrating Lean behavior / Agile behavior 
    1. Is it necessary for every impl. / organization
    2. What size fits? Enterprise? Startups?
  2. Understanding a business’s portfolio(s) relationship between strategy and value streams / mapping
  3. Impediments to implementing LPfM”? 
  4. How to get in front of forecasting with the portfolio coupled with the idea of exploration and validated learning at the highest level in the org.
  5. Options thinking and embracing variability and uncertainty at the portfolio level; exploiting economic opportunities.

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2017 Agile Online Summit vlog

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This is my (Marshall Guillory) vlog interview and discussion with Tom Henricksen for the 2017 Agile Online Summit – The virtual agile conference. Tom is a very generous gentleman and I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to share my ideas and thoughts with the AOS community. Thank you Tom, we all owe you a debt of gratitude for your efforts!

 

Also, keep an eye out for my vlog with Alex Yakyma, the author of “The Rollout”, all around nice guy, founder of Org Mindset, and thought leader in the Lean-Agile space.

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

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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 »

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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The amazing CFD, visualizing your workflow; Little’s Law

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The Laws and the rules

Little’s law

“The average number of work items in a stable system is equal to their average completion rate, multiplied by their average time in the system.” ~ John Little, 1961

“A Proof for the Queuing Formula” by Little, J. D. C. (1961)

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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 »