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“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 release I really want to know what I will get at the end so I...

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 release I really want to know what I will get at the end so I...

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 aren’t happy with it or <some other disappointment>… This is an especially common problem with...

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 aren’t happy with it or <some other disappointment>… This is an especially common problem with...

Actual is a relative term when it comes to business value delivered by a SAFe PI Objective. We had a discussion about this a couple of weeks ago in an Implementing SAFe class and I promised a blog post about this. Here it goes....

The difference between Planned vs Actual vs Actual Actual Business Value when it comes to SAFe PI Objectives

Actual is a relative term when it comes to business value delivered by a SAFe PI Objective. We had a discussion about this a couple of weeks ago in an Implementing SAFe class and I promised a blog post about this. Here it goes....

SAFe is a Scaled Agile Framework, Not a Scaled Agile Methodology

Last week this was a theme in the Implementing SAFe class Ofer Cohen and I ran in Waltham, MA. We find it crucial when training new SAFe Program Consultants (SPCs) to emphasize that they should use SAFe as a framework, not a methodology. First,...

SAFe is a Scaled Agile Framework, Not a Scaled Agile Methodology

Last week this was a theme in the Implementing SAFe class Ofer Cohen and I ran in Waltham, MA. We find it crucial when training new SAFe Program Consultants (SPCs) to emphasize that they should use SAFe as a framework, not a methodology. First,...

In the scaled Agile framework, one key role is the Release Train Engineer (RTE). But who should I look for to fill this role? What are the first few process improvements experienced RTE’s typically do? Yuval Yeret (AgileSparks) and Mattias Skarin (Crisp) took the...

Building Great Release Train Engineers – a talk with Mattias & Yuval

In the scaled Agile framework, one key role is the Release Train Engineer (RTE). But who should I look for to fill this role? What are the first few process improvements experienced RTE’s typically do? Yuval Yeret (AgileSparks) and Mattias Skarin (Crisp) took the...

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 people asking me for help choosing the right class for them. Here is my subjective...

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 people asking me for help choosing the right class for them. Here is my subjective...

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 did that made me think of him as a true professional. Was it the tools...

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 did that made me think of him as a true professional. Was it the tools...

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 have a real impact on the business they’re supporting. More and more CMOs are looking...

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 have a real impact on the business they’re supporting. More and more CMOs are looking...

One of the new concepts we introduce in the Kanban Guide for Scrum Teams is the Service Level Expectation, defined as: An SLE forecasts how long it should take a given item to flow from start to finish within your workflow. The SLE itself...

Kanban Service Level Expectations and how to use them in Scrum

One of the new concepts we introduce in the Kanban Guide for Scrum Teams is the Service Level Expectation, defined as: An SLE forecasts how long it should take a given item to flow from start to finish within your workflow. The SLE itself...

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 things Kanban. And it’s been fun! One of the key Kanban practices is Limiting Work...

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 things Kanban. And it’s been fun! One of the key Kanban practices is Limiting Work...