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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 discussion sharing successful strategies for scaling Agile with continuous learning: Process: how to create a...

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 discussion sharing successful strategies for scaling Agile with continuous learning: Process: how to create a...

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, but more often than not I see anti-patterns like: OKRs that look more like tasks...

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, but more often than not I see anti-patterns like: OKRs that look more like tasks...

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, and Continuous Improvement can thrive. We then explored some concrete examples of how adopting the...

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, and Continuous Improvement can thrive. We then explored some concrete examples of how adopting the...

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 cultures and contexts. Leaders have the role of creating and nurturing the culture and shaping...

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 cultures and contexts. Leaders have the role of creating and nurturing the culture and shaping...

Scrum – The Leader’s Perspective Are you leading Scrum Teams? Are you a leader in an organization that’s leveraging Scrum? Hopefully, you’ve read the Scrum Guide to gain an understanding of the framework your teams are using and to understand your role in it....

The Scrum Guide – A Leader’s Perspective

Scrum – The Leader’s Perspective Are you leading Scrum Teams? Are you a leader in an organization that’s leveraging Scrum? Hopefully, you’ve read the Scrum Guide to gain an understanding of the framework your teams are using and to understand your role in it....

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 wrong approach. A big part of my personal life revolves around motorcycles, specifically roadracing and...

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 wrong approach. A big part of my personal life revolves around motorcycles, specifically roadracing and...

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 business climate changes. But how do you change from a very traditional approach to one...

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 business climate changes. But how do you change from a very traditional approach to one...

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 in the larger ones, are complex and difficult.  In our studies and work with Lean...

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 in the larger ones, are complex and difficult.  In our studies and work with Lean...

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 level of the team’s commitment to the goal of the sprint and handling the...

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 the level of the team’s commitment to the goal of the sprint and handling the...

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 have this crazy matrix where the high-level OKRs – those that aim to achieve the...

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 have this crazy matrix where the high-level OKRs – those that aim to achieve the...

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