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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 the box”. Here, I explore how such a B2B vendor should organize around value when...

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 the box”. Here, I explore how such a B2B vendor should organize around value when...

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 organizations have discovered a working from home can be both productive and more pleasant, especially...

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 organizations have discovered a working from home can be both productive and more pleasant, especially...

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 PI Objective should be: – Independent – meaning ideally it could be delivered and evaluated...

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 PI Objective should be: – Independent – meaning ideally it could be delivered and evaluated...

Iterating faster with SAFe

Here’s a frequently asked question in the SAFe community: I wanted to understand what SAFe says about someone who wants to go faster than 2 weeks of iteration? I mean the whole PI concept is based on 5 iterations worth of planning. What if...

Iterating faster with SAFe

Here’s a frequently asked question in the SAFe community: I wanted to understand what SAFe says about someone who wants to go faster than 2 weeks of iteration? I mean the whole PI concept is based on 5 iterations worth of planning. What if...

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 SAFe Community Forum). This is a question posed regularly in training and on ARTs I’m...

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 SAFe Community Forum). This is a question posed regularly in training and on ARTs I’m...

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 many kinds Healthcare professionals. I’ve been having some interesting discussions with them that I thought...

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 many kinds Healthcare professionals. I’ve been having some interesting discussions with them that I thought...

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 possibilities. Will it be a good video? A game? A powerful lecture? While these may...

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 possibilities. Will it be a good video? A game? A powerful lecture? While these may...

“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 of the scrum framework – this is the place where we get better. The discussions...

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 of the scrum framework – this is the place where we get better. The discussions...

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 and the frustration it causes should come to a halt. And so, in this short...

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 and the frustration it causes should come to a halt. And so, in this short...

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