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This time we gathered our Scrum experts and asked each of them to give their best tip on how to become a successful Scrum Master. And this is what...

Become a Successful Scrum Master By AgileSparks’ Experts

This time we gathered our Scrum experts and asked each of them to give their best tip on how to become a successful Scrum Master. And this is what...

We asked our experts to give their 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐀𝐠𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭 𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 and came up with this list.Altogether, we have here over 𝟐𝟎𝟎 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞.   Tips...

Tips for Agile Product Management by AgileSparks’ Experts

We asked our experts to give their 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐀𝐠𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭 𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 and came up with this list.Altogether, we have here over 𝟐𝟎𝟎 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞.   Tips...

Every professional Scrum Master knows that the way Sprint planning events are handled has a significant impact on the effectiveness of the team in achieving the Sprint’s goal.In this...

Webinar Recording: The Five Pitfalls of the Sprint Planning Event

Every professional Scrum Master knows that the way Sprint planning events are handled has a significant impact on the effectiveness of the team in achieving the Sprint’s goal.In this...

Aiming towards Sustainable Pace “Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.” – The Agile Manifesto Principle “programmers...

Working towards Sustainable Pace in Scrum, SAFe and Kanban

Aiming towards Sustainable Pace “Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.” – The Agile Manifesto Principle “programmers...

By Yael Rabinovich & Yaki Koren How would you describe your experience when someone reviews your code? Many developers report this is a source of stress, conflicts, and even...

Build Psychological Safety in Teams Through Code Reviews

By Yael Rabinovich & Yaki Koren How would you describe your experience when someone reviews your code? Many developers report this is a source of stress, conflicts, and even...

Aligning Scrum Team Topology to Strategy with OKRs and Product Goals Yeah, I know. Could I squeeze more buzzwords into the title? I guess I could include Digital Transformation,...

Organizing around Outcomes with OKRs and Scrum

Aligning Scrum Team Topology to Strategy with OKRs and Product Goals Yeah, I know. Could I squeeze more buzzwords into the title? I guess I could include Digital Transformation,...

Many teams complain that the stories they are working on are not ready for development and some details are missing which results in longer cycle times and even inability...

How to improve User Stories’ readiness and maturity so that the team can complete them quickly inside a Sprint?

Many teams complain that the stories they are working on are not ready for development and some details are missing which results in longer cycle times and even inability...

Continuous learning is a new addition to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe 5). While many organizations are just getting started, others are already seeing the benefits. View the panel...

Video Recording: Scaling Agile with Continuous Learning

Continuous learning is a new addition to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe 5). While many organizations are just getting started, others are already seeing the benefits. View the panel...

OKR Struggles I encounter many organizations that are trying to improve the alignment between strategy and execution with the OKRs framework (Objectives and Key Results). There’s good intent there,...

Fixing OKR Theater using Scrum

OKR Struggles I encounter many organizations that are trying to improve the alignment between strategy and execution with the OKRs framework (Objectives and Key Results). There’s good intent there,...

We started the Scrum Guide for Leaders series with a discussion of what Scrum means for you as a Leader. Next, we discussed the conditions where Scrum’s Empiricism, Self-Management,...

Scrum Guide for Leaders – Supporting the Scrum accountabilities/roles

We started the Scrum Guide for Leaders series with a discussion of what Scrum means for you as a Leader. Next, we discussed the conditions where Scrum’s Empiricism, Self-Management,...

How Leaders can create the conditions where Scrum can thrive As mentioned earlier, Scrum is founded on empiricism – transparency, inspection, and adaptation. Empiricism is only possible in certain...

Scrum Values – The Leader’s perspective

How Leaders can create the conditions where Scrum can thrive As mentioned earlier, Scrum is founded on empiricism – transparency, inspection, and adaptation. Empiricism is only possible in certain...

Finding true success with your SAFe implementation We all believe that practice makes perfect.  However, if you practice the wrong things the only thing you are perfecting is the...

Practice Makes…

Finding true success with your SAFe implementation We all believe that practice makes perfect.  However, if you practice the wrong things the only thing you are perfecting is the...

In this webinar, Dwayne Stroman (SPCT) discusses using Lean and Agile techniques to manage budget creation, adjustments, and valuation allows an organization to pivot quickly without disruption as the...

Lean Agile Budgeting(LAB) in the Real World

In this webinar, Dwayne Stroman (SPCT) discusses using Lean and Agile techniques to manage budget creation, adjustments, and valuation allows an organization to pivot quickly without disruption as the...

Budgeting.  Not many statements cause as much dread in business or IT leaders as “It’s time to review your budget for next year”.  Budgets within any enterprise, but especially...

Budgeting in a Lean Agile world

Budgeting.  Not many statements cause as much dread in business or IT leaders as “It’s time to review your budget for next year”.  Budgets within any enterprise, but especially...

Sprint planning is an important event that has a significant impact on the team’s effectiveness and productivity during the sprint. The most critical aspects of successful sprint planning are...

The Slippery Slope from Personal Task Assignment to Lack of Team Ownership and Commitment

Sprint planning is an important event that has a significant impact on the team’s effectiveness and productivity during the sprint. The most critical aspects of successful sprint planning are...

Today, I wanted to share two quick observations about OKRs. Too many teams working on each strategic OKR I encounter many organizations that use OKRs. Too many of them...

Improving Focus and Alignment by Organizing around OKRs and managing OKR Flow

Today, I wanted to share two quick observations about OKRs. Too many teams working on each strategic OKR I encounter many organizations that use OKRs. Too many of them...

This article was originally posted in the Scaled Agile blog. A lot of our clients are technology vendors that struggle to use the SAFe Operational Value Streams “out of...

How Vendors Can Apply Customer Centricity When Organizing Around Value

This article was originally posted in the Scaled Agile blog. A lot of our clients are technology vendors that struggle to use the SAFe Operational Value Streams “out of...

Hybrid work best practices by Sagi Smolarski & Yael Rabinovitz, AgileSparks, with guest writer Yael Goldberg Katz from AT&T As a side effect of the COVID epidemic, people and...

Days-in and Days-out

Hybrid work best practices by Sagi Smolarski & Yael Rabinovitz, AgileSparks, with guest writer Yael Goldberg Katz from AT&T As a side effect of the COVID epidemic, people and...

Could the INVEST criteria Bill Wake came up with for evaluating User Stories help us come up with effective PI Objectives in SAFe as well? I think a good...

INVEST in effective SAFe PI Objectives

Could the INVEST criteria Bill Wake came up with for evaluating User Stories help us come up with effective PI Objectives in SAFe as well? I think a good...

How do we handle Scope Changes in a SAFe Program Increment? A question about handling scope changes in SAFe was posed recently on a forum I’m participating in (The...

Handling scope change during a SAFe Program Increment (PI)

How do we handle Scope Changes in a SAFe Program Increment? A question about handling scope changes in SAFe was posed recently on a forum I’m participating in (The...

Using Scrum for Improving Operations

I’m encountering more and more people that are trying to solve different kind of problems with Scrum: People designing Consumer Goods Accounting professionals focused on Revenue Accounting Marketers of...

Using Scrum for Improving Operations

I’m encountering more and more people that are trying to solve different kind of problems with Scrum: People designing Consumer Goods Accounting professionals focused on Revenue Accounting Marketers of...

As a coach helping organizations become agile, I’m asked how to change the mindset of the people, how to help them see things in a different way, notice new...

How to change mindset – the Jahnun lesson

As a coach helping organizations become agile, I’m asked how to change the mindset of the people, how to help them see things in a different way, notice new...

“Oh no, it’s retrospective time!” This cry for help is not uncommon, I’m afraid, among practitioners of scrum. That is a shame. For me, this meeting is the climax...

How to Achieve Valuable Retrospectives

“Oh no, it’s retrospective time!” This cry for help is not uncommon, I’m afraid, among practitioners of scrum. That is a shame. For me, this meeting is the climax...

The Horrible Truth In recent years I’ve been working with many software development teams and almost all of them struggle with estimating the work. The energy spent on this...

The horrible truth about software development estimation, and what to do about it

The Horrible Truth In recent years I’ve been working with many software development teams and almost all of them struggle with estimating the work. The energy spent on this...

What does Scrum Product Ownership have to do with dinosaurs? Watch to our video below as Yuval Yet, PST gives insightful information about unique value propositions, minimally marketable features,...

Scrum Product Ownership (Video)

What does Scrum Product Ownership have to do with dinosaurs? Watch to our video below as Yuval Yet, PST gives insightful information about unique value propositions, minimally marketable features,...

I’m hearing from more and more companies that are using the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®) and are also looking at or practicing Agile e.g. using Scrum. In discussions with...

Entrepreneurial Operating System® / Traction®- How does it relate to Agile/Scrum?

I’m hearing from more and more companies that are using the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®) and are also looking at or practicing Agile e.g. using Scrum. In discussions with...

I’ve been asked several times now about Nexus and SAFe – what are the similarities, differences, etc. If you’re not familiar with either Nexus or SAFe I recommend taking...

Comparing Nexus and SAFe – Similarities, Differences, Ideas

I’ve been asked several times now about Nexus and SAFe – what are the similarities, differences, etc. If you’re not familiar with either Nexus or SAFe I recommend taking...

Introduction Atlassian is in the process of making some big changes to its products for the past year. It started with the acquiring of Agile Craft” and labeling it...

Portfolio for Jira / Advanced Roadmaps / Plans

Introduction Atlassian is in the process of making some big changes to its products for the past year. It started with the acquiring of Agile Craft” and labeling it...

Written by SPC Sachin Dhaygude Recently in retrospectives of one of the scrum teams, one team member had some strong opinions about guidelines that were defined for code reviews....

Guidelines for Common sense ☺

Written by SPC Sachin Dhaygude Recently in retrospectives of one of the scrum teams, one team member had some strong opinions about guidelines that were defined for code reviews....

The COVID19 pandemic gives us plenty of opportunities to think about uncertainty, complexity, and how to deal with those using Empiricism. When it comes to our work in Agile...

COVID19 and Agile – a fresh perspective on uncertainty, complexity, empiricism and flow and what to do about it.

The COVID19 pandemic gives us plenty of opportunities to think about uncertainty, complexity, and how to deal with those using Empiricism. When it comes to our work in Agile...

The complex reality presents many challenges and dilemmas that Scrum Masters and leaders at all levels try to solve using problem-solving techniques. Yet dilemmas are different from problems. While...

The polarity in the life of a great Scrum Master and every manager- Useful tool for leaders

The complex reality presents many challenges and dilemmas that Scrum Masters and leaders at all levels try to solve using problem-solving techniques. Yet dilemmas are different from problems. While...

Writing unit tests on Legacy Code is an adventure. Today I spent several hours doing that with two developers, Mark and Yelena. The system has a flow you are...

A Beautiful Day For Unit Tests

Writing unit tests on Legacy Code is an adventure. Today I spent several hours doing that with two developers, Mark and Yelena. The system has a flow you are...

It is early afternoon on Friday. As the week is coming to an end, so is Team Alpha’s Sprint.  The team is rushing to finish the last User Stories...

Getting Started with ATDD

It is early afternoon on Friday. As the week is coming to an end, so is Team Alpha’s Sprint.  The team is rushing to finish the last User Stories...

SAFe™ (The Scaled Agile Framework) uses Story Points throughout the various levels as its estimation currency. This is covered in the “Story” article on the SAFe site. This is a pretty...

A different approach to estimations in SAFe

SAFe™ (The Scaled Agile Framework) uses Story Points throughout the various levels as its estimation currency. This is covered in the “Story” article on the SAFe site. This is a pretty...

The Sprint Increment Got Us Here If you’re a veteran of the software industry, you probably remember those days where we released to production/GA every couple of months. Heck,...

The Sprint Increment Is Dead

The Sprint Increment Got Us Here If you’re a veteran of the software industry, you probably remember those days where we released to production/GA every couple of months. Heck,...

I love this representation by Ahmad Sidky in his talk at Agile NewZeeland 2015, describing the elements of organizational culture and how Agile transformations influence them. Transformations naturally start...

How can HR people make a difference in an Agile transformation?

I love this representation by Ahmad Sidky in his talk at Agile NewZeeland 2015, describing the elements of organizational culture and how Agile transformations influence them. Transformations naturally start...

Working with teams I sometimes feel that teamwork is similar to the weather: everybody talks about it but not much is done. When I talk about teamwork I mean...

3 steps towards better team work

Working with teams I sometimes feel that teamwork is similar to the weather: everybody talks about it but not much is done. When I talk about teamwork I mean...

The Premise A year ago Scrum.org, in collaboration with Daniel Vacanti and myself, published the Kanban Guide For Scrum Teams, a guide that is aimed at helping Scrum Teams...

Improving your SAFe™ Implementation with some additional Flow metrics

The Premise A year ago Scrum.org, in collaboration with Daniel Vacanti and myself, published the Kanban Guide For Scrum Teams, a guide that is aimed at helping Scrum Teams...

The console object is a very useful feature of browsers that has been around for many years. It provides access to the browser’s debugging console. Most web developers know...

How to go beyond console.log and get the most out of your browser’s debugging console

The console object is a very useful feature of browsers that has been around for many years. It provides access to the browser’s debugging console. Most web developers know...

Peer Code Review – Benefits and Statistics

Peer Code Review – Benefits and Statistics Benefits and statistics of embedding peer code review into your software development process.   As Lean-Agile coach I regularly talk with software...

Peer Code Review – Benefits and Statistics

Peer Code Review – Benefits and Statistics Benefits and statistics of embedding peer code review into your software development process.   As Lean-Agile coach I regularly talk with software...

The classic for loop is a widely used feature of javascript programs. It can be used for running any piece of code multiple times, and it used to be...

How to dump the for loop and stay alive

The classic for loop is a widely used feature of javascript programs. It can be used for running any piece of code multiple times, and it used to be...

Introduction As a system admin or a project manager you often find yourself torn between management requirements and users who find the tools not as comfortable as they would...

4 Common Jira Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Introduction As a system admin or a project manager you often find yourself torn between management requirements and users who find the tools not as comfortable as they would...

In the last couple of years, I’ve been writing about SAFe on the AgileSparks Blog, providing guidance articles for the SAI, and creating some complementary approaches and services in...

SAFe in the Trenches – A new ebook by AgileSparks

In the last couple of years, I’ve been writing about SAFe on the AgileSparks Blog, providing guidance articles for the SAI, and creating some complementary approaches and services in...

The Scrum Master’s’ role has become one of the most important and challenging roles in modern organizations, since they act as the main interface between top management and the...

The Scrum Master as an Agile Leader

The Scrum Master’s’ role has become one of the most important and challenging roles in modern organizations, since they act as the main interface between top management and the...

Recently, I had the opportunity to work on legacy code with several teams from various organizations. I would like to share my experience. We usually start by choosing a...

Legacy Code: Extract-FirstUT-Cover-Refactor-TDD

Recently, I had the opportunity to work on legacy code with several teams from various organizations. I would like to share my experience. We usually start by choosing a...

Seriously, please don’t come. Don’t come if you’re looking at it as a formality since you already know everything about agile and just need the SPC (SAFe Program Consultant)...

Please don’t come to our Implementing SAFe SPC workshops

Seriously, please don’t come. Don’t come if you’re looking at it as a formality since you already know everything about agile and just need the SPC (SAFe Program Consultant)...

What is the connection between Uncertainty and the Scaled Agile Framework? Uncertainty is one of the core reasons we need to be agile. Different modes of Business/Requirements/Technology uncertainties impact...

Uncertainty & the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe™)

What is the connection between Uncertainty and the Scaled Agile Framework? Uncertainty is one of the core reasons we need to be agile. Different modes of Business/Requirements/Technology uncertainties impact...

Lean/Kanban approach to Teams

To Team or not to Team? If you look at the definition of Kanban or Lean, you wouldn’t find teams anywhere there. If you look at the Agile Manifesto,...

Lean/Kanban approach to Teams

To Team or not to Team? If you look at the definition of Kanban or Lean, you wouldn’t find teams anywhere there. If you look at the Agile Manifesto,...

“There’s no predictability/commitment in Agile” Over the years I’ve heard my share of these kinds of statements from various levels of executives: “When my guys run a product development...

Risk-aware Product Development (a.k.a. Agile)

“There’s no predictability/commitment in Agile” Over the years I’ve heard my share of these kinds of statements from various levels of executives: “When my guys run a product development...

We’ve all heard it before – “Talented technology team builds amazing product!” That… doesn’t create the impact that they wanted, not enough customers end up buying or the users...

The Product Manager / Product Owner AS A Scientist

We’ve all heard it before – “Talented technology team builds amazing product!” That… doesn’t create the impact that they wanted, not enough customers end up buying or the users...

Navigating the Agile Training Landscape It’s become pretty confusing these days. If you’re interested in advancing your Agile knowledge there are so many options. I often field questions from...

Which Public Agile Training Is Right For Me? (a.k.a Navigating The Agile Training Landscape)

Navigating the Agile Training Landscape It’s become pretty confusing these days. If you’re interested in advancing your Agile knowledge there are so many options. I often field questions from...

Last week I called a technician to repair an electrical shutter that was broken. The technician did a good job in general, but there was one particular thing he...

The Professional Developer

Last week I called a technician to repair an electrical shutter that was broken. The technician did a good job in general, but there was one particular thing he...

SAFe for Agile Marketing Guidance Article

Scaling Agile Marketing With SAFe – Overview More and more Marketing organizations are realizing today that they need to be faster, more flexible/responsive and more collaborative, in order to...

SAFe for Agile Marketing Guidance Article

Scaling Agile Marketing With SAFe – Overview More and more Marketing organizations are realizing today that they need to be faster, more flexible/responsive and more collaborative, in order to...

Co-Creating and teaching the new Scrum.org Professional Scrum with Kanban class has given me an opportunity to get back to geeking out on WIP limits, flow metrics and all...

Limiting Work in Progress (WIP) – some anecdotes worth thinking about when using Kanban with Scrum

Co-Creating and teaching the new Scrum.org Professional Scrum with Kanban class has given me an opportunity to get back to geeking out on WIP limits, flow metrics and all...

Sometimes you stumble upon amusement park methods. Remember the feeling when first going through the gates of a big amusement park? When you get a first glimpse of how...

Amusement Park Methods

Sometimes you stumble upon amusement park methods. Remember the feeling when first going through the gates of a big amusement park? When you get a first glimpse of how...

When I talk to marketing teams, Content is one of the areas with the most desire for achieving agility without losing your sanity.  Here is a guest post by Alex...

How to Keep Content Marketing Agile

When I talk to marketing teams, Content is one of the areas with the most desire for achieving agility without losing your sanity.  Here is a guest post by Alex...

It’s been so exciting to hear so much positive feedback and interest in the new Scrum.org Kanban for Scrum Teams guide and the accompanying Professional Scrum with Kanban class....

Understanding the Kanban for Scrum Teams Guide

It’s been so exciting to hear so much positive feedback and interest in the new Scrum.org Kanban for Scrum Teams guide and the accompanying Professional Scrum with Kanban class....

A team I am working with is in the storming stage of their development. Finally. It’s been sometime that they have been forming, carefully learning each other, sometimes from...

Team Storming and Compost

A team I am working with is in the storming stage of their development. Finally. It’s been sometime that they have been forming, carefully learning each other, sometimes from...

When we build the team’s board for the first time there’s many times the question of how to represent work in progress, how to show what’s going on between...

In Progress vs. Dev, QA

When we build the team’s board for the first time there’s many times the question of how to represent work in progress, how to show what’s going on between...

Organizations reorg all the time. And again. Why do they do that? Setting cynicism aside, organizations reorg to adapt to new realities, to new demands. A team of 5...

Time To Reorg – An Intro to Refactoring

Organizations reorg all the time. And again. Why do they do that? Setting cynicism aside, organizations reorg to adapt to new realities, to new demands. A team of 5...

The Email Inbox – The real Personal Kanban frontier I’ve been struggling for years with visualizing my personal work using Kanban. Using a physical board isn’t that practical since...

Finally – An Email Inbox Focused Personal Kanban Board

The Email Inbox – The real Personal Kanban frontier I’ve been struggling for years with visualizing my personal work using Kanban. Using a physical board isn’t that practical since...

“Inspection does not improve the quality, nor guarantee quality. Inspection is too late. The quality, good or bad, is already in the product. Quality cannot be inspected into a...

Accelerate Your Development Speed – Built In Quality

“Inspection does not improve the quality, nor guarantee quality. Inspection is too late. The quality, good or bad, is already in the product. Quality cannot be inspected into a...

Comment: We’re reposting here a classic article from the archives of Yuval’s personal blog.  What do Agile backlog items have to do with Dinosaurs? I’ve been using a visualization...

Explaining MVPs, MVFs, MMFs via the Lean/Agile Requirements Dinosaur

Comment: We’re reposting here a classic article from the archives of Yuval’s personal blog.  What do Agile backlog items have to do with Dinosaurs? I’ve been using a visualization...

Bringing values down to earth Values and principles can often seem lofty and intangible so many agile practitioners prefer to focus on tools and practices. That’s understandable but unfortunate....

Getting Real About Your Values – The Values Retrospective

Bringing values down to earth Values and principles can often seem lofty and intangible so many agile practitioners prefer to focus on tools and practices. That’s understandable but unfortunate....

We are relentlessly expanding our tools set We at AgileSparks help companies create effective, efficient and happy workplaces. We do this by applying Agile and Lean principles. We understand...

Relentlessly expanding our tools set

We are relentlessly expanding our tools set We at AgileSparks help companies create effective, efficient and happy workplaces. We do this by applying Agile and Lean principles. We understand...

When we talk about the benefits of working with small batches we talk about risk reduction, about improving flow and getting quick feedback. I call these reasons “scientific”. I...

The Danger of Small Batches Addiction

When we talk about the benefits of working with small batches we talk about risk reduction, about improving flow and getting quick feedback. I call these reasons “scientific”. I...

The kanban method is built around improving the flow of product development. It works very well when you work according to priority. It also works well when some items...

Forward Looking Kanban Board

The kanban method is built around improving the flow of product development. It works very well when you work according to priority. It also works well when some items...

Introduction to the Scaled Agile Marketing Series More and more Marketing organizations realize they need to be faster, more flexible/responsive and more collaborative to have a real impact on...

The Scaled Agile Marketing Series

Introduction to the Scaled Agile Marketing Series More and more Marketing organizations realize they need to be faster, more flexible/responsive and more collaborative to have a real impact on...

In the previous article I mapped out the essentials of applying SAFe™ (The Scaled Agile Framework) to a marketing context and ended with a cliff hanger. As you can...

Scaled Agile Marketing Flow with Kanban

In the previous article I mapped out the essentials of applying SAFe™ (The Scaled Agile Framework) to a marketing context and ended with a cliff hanger. As you can...

I’d like to share with you some tips and tricks of setting a scrum board I usually share with my clients. The bottom line is that too many tools have...

Scrum Board Setup Tips and Tricks

I’d like to share with you some tips and tricks of setting a scrum board I usually share with my clients. The bottom line is that too many tools have...

Defining Agile Marketing In this article we will try to define the approach known as “Agile Marketing” – The application of ideas from the world of “Lean/Agile Software Development”...

Defining Agile Marketing

Defining Agile Marketing In this article we will try to define the approach known as “Agile Marketing” – The application of ideas from the world of “Lean/Agile Software Development”...

It took us some time, but the slides from our (Steve Wolfe from CA and myself) December talk in the Boston Agile Marketing meetup are finally publicly available. Agile...

Better late than never – Slides from the Agile Marketing @ Scale at CA Technologies talk in Boston Agile Marketing

It took us some time, but the slides from our (Steve Wolfe from CA and myself) December talk in the Boston Agile Marketing meetup are finally publicly available. Agile...

In earlier posts in our Scaled Agile Marketing we looked at whether you even need Agile Marketing and then what typically triggers a serious discussion about Agile Marketing. In this post we...

Do you NEED to Scale Agile Marketing? (Scaled Agile Marketing Series – Part 3)

In earlier posts in our Scaled Agile Marketing we looked at whether you even need Agile Marketing and then what typically triggers a serious discussion about Agile Marketing. In this post we...

The Need For An Agile Marketing Transformation Marketers or junior marketing leaders can implement Agile Marketing at the team level bottoms up or in islands in the organization. This...

Reaching The Tipping Point For Agile Marketing – 8 Triggers That Get Marketing Leaders From Awareness To Activation

The Need For An Agile Marketing Transformation Marketers or junior marketing leaders can implement Agile Marketing at the team level bottoms up or in islands in the organization. This...

Why Agile Marketing Making any sort of change is non-trivial. Implementing Agile Marketing, especially at scale, is hard. There should be a real need for it. These are some...

Why Agile Marketing?

Why Agile Marketing Making any sort of change is non-trivial. Implementing Agile Marketing, especially at scale, is hard. There should be a real need for it. These are some...

Over the years we at AgileSparks have been leading the charge when it comes to creating mashups and hybrids of approaches such as Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, LeSS, whatever. Mashups...

Scrum and Kanban – Stronger Together

Over the years we at AgileSparks have been leading the charge when it comes to creating mashups and hybrids of approaches such as Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, LeSS, whatever. Mashups...

Agile Development – Just A Starting Point Towards Organizational Agility For many people Agile is “Agile Development”. They use agile to improve the effectiveness and agility of software organizations. For...

To Infinity and Beyond – Achieving Organizational Agility

Agile Development – Just A Starting Point Towards Organizational Agility For many people Agile is “Agile Development”. They use agile to improve the effectiveness and agility of software organizations. For...

Sometimes it is right there before us and all we need to do is to reach out and take it. Improvement opportunities are there – all we need to...

Seize The Improvement Opportunity!

Sometimes it is right there before us and all we need to do is to reach out and take it. Improvement opportunities are there – all we need to...

At the beginning of a Scrum implementation y,ou usually find two main types of team behaviors. Those who embrace the scrum events (Planning, daily etc.) and try to better...

When Scrum Events Are Burdening

At the beginning of a Scrum implementation y,ou usually find two main types of team behaviors. Those who embrace the scrum events (Planning, daily etc.) and try to better...

This post is a continuation/refresh of an earlier post from Yuval’s personal blog  Tools for Agile Marketing seems to be the hot topic in the various Agile Marketing communities. The...

Choosing your Agile Marketing Tool

This post is a continuation/refresh of an earlier post from Yuval’s personal blog  Tools for Agile Marketing seems to be the hot topic in the various Agile Marketing communities. The...

Lately I had the opportunity and pleasure to facilitate a process of designing cross-functional feature teams in a self-selection process. Self-selection is a facilitated way to let people choose...

Experiencing Self-Selection of feature teams

Lately I had the opportunity and pleasure to facilitate a process of designing cross-functional feature teams in a self-selection process. Self-selection is a facilitated way to let people choose...

When teaching SAFe (The Scaled Agile Framework) we talk about “Ba” – the sense of togetherness and connectedness that amplifies the performance of teams and larger groups (e.g. Agile Release...

Ba – A sense of togetherness – Amplified by Music

When teaching SAFe (The Scaled Agile Framework) we talk about “Ba” – the sense of togetherness and connectedness that amplifies the performance of teams and larger groups (e.g. Agile Release...

Intro Earlier this month I was helping a software organization in an Israeli defense organization (that’s why there are no pictures) run their first PI Planning event. The day...

PI Planning Magic!

Intro Earlier this month I was helping a software organization in an Israeli defense organization (that’s why there are no pictures) run their first PI Planning event. The day...

Which Estimation Units Should Your Teams Use For Work Items?  Why estimate in the first place? At the feature level, you want estimates so you can figure ROI (Return...

Comparing Estimation Techniques

Which Estimation Units Should Your Teams Use For Work Items?  Why estimate in the first place? At the feature level, you want estimates so you can figure ROI (Return...

Being mindful about the teaching mindset I wear many hats at AgileSparks – what you might call a T-Shaped sparkie… Every week I can find myself wearing the consultant...

Getting into a teaching mindset

Being mindful about the teaching mindset I wear many hats at AgileSparks – what you might call a T-Shaped sparkie… Every week I can find myself wearing the consultant...

5 pitfalls when using Atlassian Jira

Jira Atlassian is a great ALM tool for managing your Agile environment. It provides a friendly work space for Agile teams, and have some informative out of the box...

5 pitfalls when using Atlassian Jira

Jira Atlassian is a great ALM tool for managing your Agile environment. It provides a friendly work space for Agile teams, and have some informative out of the box...

As  coach I’ve had several opportunities to be involved in the process of big organizations moving from waterfall to agile. You usually start with frowning faces, people coming to...

Handling Reminisces of a Glorious Waterfall Past

As  coach I’ve had several opportunities to be involved in the process of big organizations moving from waterfall to agile. You usually start with frowning faces, people coming to...

Here is an example of a fairly typical Marketing Kanban board which can be useful for marketing teams that are taking their first steps towards implementing agile marketing in practice using kanban.    ...

Kanban for Marketing Kick-start Example

Here is an example of a fairly typical Marketing Kanban board which can be useful for marketing teams that are taking their first steps towards implementing agile marketing in practice using kanban.    ...

There is this thing. It’s coming up again and again. I would say it is the root of all evil. At least some of it. I am referring to...

From Utilization to Done

There is this thing. It’s coming up again and again. I would say it is the root of all evil. At least some of it. I am referring to...

Agile Practices using Jira Atlassian

The more we meet software development organizations, the more we see how Jira, the most popular ALM tool out there, is being misused.  Abusing the tool is quite easy...

Agile Practices using Jira Atlassian

The more we meet software development organizations, the more we see how Jira, the most popular ALM tool out there, is being misused.  Abusing the tool is quite easy...

This week I’m in Fort Lauderdale, Florida speaking at the Lean/Agile US conference. The subject of my talk today was “Introduction to Lean/Agile scaling approaches” where talked about why...

Comparing and choosing scaled agile approaches (or not scaling at all? )

This week I’m in Fort Lauderdale, Florida speaking at the Lean/Agile US conference. The subject of my talk today was “Introduction to Lean/Agile scaling approaches” where talked about why...

By Erez Tatcher & Yaki Koren Every summer my uncle Josh and his wife Nancy go on a big trip to see a famous waterfall. They love waterfalls. Sometimes...

The Great Waterfall Trip

By Erez Tatcher & Yaki Koren Every summer my uncle Josh and his wife Nancy go on a big trip to see a famous waterfall. They love waterfalls. Sometimes...

Note: This post was original published in Yuval Yeret’s personal blog “Validated Learning Over Opinions and Conventions” is the first value in the Agile Marketing Manifesto. A couple of weeks...

Agile Marketing Validation Board

Note: This post was original published in Yuval Yeret’s personal blog “Validated Learning Over Opinions and Conventions” is the first value in the Agile Marketing Manifesto. A couple of weeks...

We need good metaphors to better understand software development. Good metaphors from our day to day can help us better understand this elusive domain. Some time ago I wrote...

Develop it when it’s ripe

We need good metaphors to better understand software development. Good metaphors from our day to day can help us better understand this elusive domain. Some time ago I wrote...

You can find a lot of praise for the Marshmallow Challenge. It is a good warm-up for workshops and training sessions and you can learn a lot from it....

A Fun Marshmallow Challenge Debrief

You can find a lot of praise for the Marshmallow Challenge. It is a good warm-up for workshops and training sessions and you can learn a lot from it....

One of the major topics that intimidate test engineers is the No-QA question or approach (depends on your view of it). I heard such responses after the session of...

No QA? All QA!

One of the major topics that intimidate test engineers is the No-QA question or approach (depends on your view of it). I heard such responses after the session of...

Last week I helped facilitate Program Increment (PI) Planning for an Agile Release Train (ART) practicing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). One impediment for this ART was that although...

Agile Release Train Leadership Team – Servant Leadership In Action During PI Planning

Last week I helped facilitate Program Increment (PI) Planning for an Agile Release Train (ART) practicing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). One impediment for this ART was that although...

A fundamental aspect of Agility is incremental and iterative development. It’s so basic that when introducing Agile you usually mention this idea in the first 5 minutes. The core...

“Wake up in the morning” Game – A quick fun way to understand the basic concept of Iterative Incremental Development

A fundamental aspect of Agility is incremental and iterative development. It’s so basic that when introducing Agile you usually mention this idea in the first 5 minutes. The core...

In a recent Agile Marketing Meetup in Boston we tried to figure out how mature are the Agile Marketing teams/organizations out there. Last week I helped facilitate a third...

Are we there yet? Assessing Agile Marketing Maturity

In a recent Agile Marketing Meetup in Boston we tried to figure out how mature are the Agile Marketing teams/organizations out there. Last week I helped facilitate a third...

There is nothing like a good long run for clear thinking and to giving rise to new ideas. This post is a result of my weekend run, and it’s...

The “Manager’s Card”

There is nothing like a good long run for clear thinking and to giving rise to new ideas. This post is a result of my weekend run, and it’s...

Product Owners forum

It is so great to have some slack time, as you can let your mind get off a bit from your own coaching activities and learn from others. It...

Product Owners forum

It is so great to have some slack time, as you can let your mind get off a bit from your own coaching activities and learn from others. It...

You can read in many places (for example here or in Don Reinersten’s Book The Principles of Product Development Flow) that when you avoid over utilization (that is, use...

Avoiding Over Utilization Field Trip

You can read in many places (for example here or in Don Reinersten’s Book The Principles of Product Development Flow) that when you avoid over utilization (that is, use...

Why “Cost of Delay”?

Don Reinerstern in his book “The Principles of Product Development Flow” writes about the importance of having an economic view when making decisions. This is as usually we are...

Why “Cost of Delay”?

Don Reinerstern in his book “The Principles of Product Development Flow” writes about the importance of having an economic view when making decisions. This is as usually we are...

We’ve all seen it. It’s quite an elaborate show with Scrum Masters, Sprint Planning, Daily Standups, Secret handshakes, a lot of artifacts, ceremonies, roles. The recent “broadway”-level productions include bigger...

The Agile Theater

We’ve all seen it. It’s quite an elaborate show with Scrum Masters, Sprint Planning, Daily Standups, Secret handshakes, a lot of artifacts, ceremonies, roles. The recent “broadway”-level productions include bigger...

Understanding the relationship between Kanban and the Theory of Constraints Critical Chain Project Management Approach

Background I recently had a short twitter chat with Catherine Swetel and Steven Holt about the relation between TOC Critical Chain and Kanban. This post will try to sum...

Understanding the relationship between Kanban and the Theory of Constraints Critical Chain Project Management Approach

Background I recently had a short twitter chat with Catherine Swetel and Steven Holt about the relation between TOC Critical Chain and Kanban. This post will try to sum...

Patterns for getting to a lower WIP level in a system – The Freeze, No New Work, Limit Later, and some Mashups…

Some of us have the luxury of designing processes for greenfield systems meaning there is no history/legacy to deal with. Typically though, we are dealing with Brownfield/Legacy systems –...

Patterns for getting to a lower WIP level in a system – The Freeze, No New Work, Limit Later, and some Mashups…

Some of us have the luxury of designing processes for greenfield systems meaning there is no history/legacy to deal with. Typically though, we are dealing with Brownfield/Legacy systems –...