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A day in the life of a change agent

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How to System Demo like a champion!

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P4.2 Systems Demo - Team Global Enforcers nomination for world's best demo -- ever!
P4.2 Systems Demo – Team Global Enforcers nomination for world’s best demo — ever!

Every so often organizations are blessed with amazing self-organized awesomely creative teams. This is the case with my client and the playfully named “Global Enforcers.” Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

VLOG – Relative cadence Coaching Tip #3 – Story point craziness and the Triangulation Technique

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The third coaching tip vlog. I know I’m not regular. But I do have to learn and practice some time! I’ve almost no feedback so far. I also need ideas to focus on. Lots of stuff I cover as a practitioner doesn’t fit in 2-3 minutes or I can’t talk about it. Appreciated, friends.

I&A Series – “Outside team interference and noise; unnecessary outside team involvement”

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I started a new series of posts where I will answer some actual problems/ideas presented in an I&A problem solving workshop as part of open space facilitation. This is the third of a few dozen that I plan on covering. If you have any comments, please, let’s learn together.

Problem/Idea #3:

“Outside team interference and noise; unnecessary outside team involvement”

 

A SAFe Answer

This problem is not unique to the SAFe or Lean-Agile space. It exists in every organization I’ve encountered.

It is, however, a big, common problem. How many times have you or your team been “redirected” to work on the latest fire fighting drill? Was this time accounted for in the waterfall/traditional silo planned WBS that you are working against? I’m certain your manager and project managers always go back to the integrated master schedule (IMS) to reflect lost productivity. IMS’s always account for production down, maintenance, operations? Sure they do. Especially when the team doing costing gets to review the proposal and “tweak” the final numbers. [insert massive sarcasm]

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I&A Series – “As a member of the leadership team we need to see the portfolio roadmap with early warning signals / input for potential technical or schedule issues”

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I started a new series of posts where I will answer some actual problems/ideas presented in an I&A problem solving workshop as part of open space facilitation. This is the second of a few dozen that I plan on covering. If you have any comments, please, let’s learn together.

 

Problem/Idea #2:

 

“As a member of the leadership team we need to see the portfolio roadmap with early warning signals / input for potential technical or schedule issues”

 

A SAFe Answer

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VLOG – Coaching Tip of the Week #2 – Dealing with Epic Failure

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This is my second vlog — ever — and coaching tip of the week. You know, since I didn’t find the time to do one every day. So this one is two minutes, twice my normal intent of one minute quick tips. Enjoy, I hope…