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mv (option) filename1.ext filename2.ext – How to rename stuff and make money

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I’m sitting here on Sunday morning thinking about how there is a propensity in the “Agile” space to re-name or [re] label things that already exist so they become “new” things. That action in of itself is not bad. It can create new value, new wealth.

It becomes bad when it is sold as something entirely new. Where is the innovation? In the content or context — how the pieces were moved around or collected?

 

It’s like adding one Gala apple to a basket of red delicious apples and then going around telling everyone the basket is full of oranges.

 

Then entities start making money off of the alleged “new thing.”

 

I’m particularly fascinated by the DEVOPS movement. Especially considering my teams were doing the essence of “DEVOPS” with the USAF as early as the late 90’s (YMMV).

Then there is this thing called Open source. Linux. The core is there too from the early 90’s with Linus.

 

I was watching The death of Agile – Allen Holub. 🙂

 

What has really changed? Thoughts?

 

#DEVOPS #Agile #Scrum #SAFe #Nexus #DSDM #DAD #LeSS

#questioneverything #truebusinessagility #coreprinciples #thought

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News: BLS Awarded Enterprise Agility Services Contract to support the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

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NEWS RELEASE

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Big Lake Software, LLC.
+1 (602) 748-4797
sales@biglakesoftware.com

Phoenix, Arizona: Big Lake Software, LLC. (BLS) was awarded a task order contract to provide Scaled Agile Framework for the Lean Enterprise (SAFe®) program consulting services for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Enterprise Services Center (ESC) with their business partner and prime contractor Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). BLS will be continuing service as a provider of subject matter expertise and consulting to the government in support of an ongoing SAFe implementation. BLS will also provide SAFe training and instruction as their enterprise agility coaches work with the partner organization to support customer efforts to transform culture to one consistent with a Lean-Agile mindset. BLS staff will also perform assessments of current capabilities and make recommendations for improvements to current processes and methods in place within the client organization. BLS will also support the implementation of continuous exploration, continuous integration, automated testing and continuous deployment capabilities into the client’s systems environments to affect more successful outcomes in product and service delivery.

 

Read the rest of the news release at Big Lake Software.

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.

 

Calling all coaches, Lean-Agile practitioners and change agents. I need more people to learn with. Come and join me at blogagility.com as an author, contributor and/or editor. The cash pay sucks at zero (for now), but you will be richly rewarded in self-esteem and deeper understanding along with some new knowledge. Perhaps even develop new business and learning relationships.

All topics related to the big letter A — Agile, organizational agility, business, improvement, technical relevance are welcome.

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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 (LPfM), Scrum master (SM), Release/Solution Train Engineer (RTE/STE), Solution Management (SMg), Business Value (BV), Story Points (SP)


In a given SAFe® portfolio implementation, a long-lived ART should come to a state where Business Value (BV) is reflective, but not necessarily equal to in any way, of normalized story points at the team level. In Tuckman’s stages of group development, this indicates the team of teams is normalized or high performing. In other words, the objective measure is verifiable through attribution to the value delivery and related to a predictable and accurate, but not specific, estimating function/process.

“Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.” – the Agile Manifesto principle #3.

Why is this principle insufficient (in one way)? Working software does not automatically equate to valuable software. As in the expected value (intent) the customer wanted to receive. Since we work with customer proxies in Lean-Agile we need to have a way to objectively measure value (even if we work with the actual customer too, but that’s nearly impossible as we’ll explore in another article). The measure must also be validated. We can’t assume that the SAFe method of objective measure with BV is valid as implemented in each unique situation. Read the rest of this entry »