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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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Agile moment: Some characteristics of a high performance Lean-Agile team

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Thinking this morning about a conversation I had yesterday at happy hour with several truly impressive human beings.

Some characteristics of a high performance Lean-Agile team:

  • no longer needs a scrum master or lean agile leader
  • uses the best of Scrum as an empirical framework for an amazingly lean sustainable flow process
  • also uses principles of Lean and a Kanban system
  • has a natural affinity for pulling the right work at the right time
  • possesses high trust within the team and externally known to consistently deliver successful outcomes; builds trust with other teams
  • regularly pushes the boundaries of what is possible as innovators
  • cares deeply about people and the organization
  • committed to continuous learning and relentless improvement

What else?

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.

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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.

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Looking for authors with good content. Words and character.

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Blogagility_definition4Looking for authors with good content. Words and character.

Have you adopted Lean/systems thinking and/or the “Agile” [sic] into your ethos? Do you have something to contribute to the community? Have fear about sharing your ideas and thoughts and want to learn how to let go? Do you want a place where you can grow? Are you a change agent? A disruptor? Do you care deeply about diversity of thought and beliefs? Are you a relentless improver? Who was this Deming guy? A lifelong learner? How do you personally innovate?

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Let the world see your butterfly! Don’t be a caterpillar forever.

 

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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 »

The Agile End Game 

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And the Agile Game of Thrones continues, a self-defining and destructive process where no people or processes or frameworks win. Everyone loses. The Agile End Game.

Next time can we do it TOGETHER?

Or, perhaps we should work on common ground now to defeat the enemies that so called “Agilists” claim to challenge?

SAFe 4.5 updates & thoughts

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I have been studying the new SAFe guidance articles. I’m trying to focus on key learning areas mostly around the program level so that I can integrate the new material into courses I’m instructing. The new construct around CE/CI/CD and RoD are particularly exciting because they help us consultants map the path to agility more easily from traditionally aligned organizations.

the sum total of customer input does not a strategy make. But failing to meet real and evolving customer needs is an alternate path to extinction. A sense of balance is required. As the SAFe Lean-Agile Mindset says, “Producers innovate. Customers validate.”

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