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Learning from the SAFe Program Dependency Board The SAFe Program Board or Program Dependency Board is a key artifact used in PI Planning and...

SAFe Program Dependency Board Retrospective

Learning from the SAFe Program Dependency Board The SAFe Program Board or Program Dependency Board is a key artifact used in PI Planning and...

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

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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....

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

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

When we talk about the benefits of working with small batches we talk about risk reduction, about improving flow and getting quick feedback. 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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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

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,...

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

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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 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...

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

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...