05
Mar

Launching an Agile Release Train While Standing in a Waterfall

Some days I wonder if someone has put the EDW Release Train on a list of “must see” tourist attractions in Melbourne. We have a least two tour groups a month come and visit us to see how we have gone about scaling agile using the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). Some visitors are from within […]

12
Feb

Can You Be SAFe Without PI Planning?

The concept of a PI (Program Increment), is generally considered the corner stone of cadence in SAFe. In simple terms, SAFe recommends that a PI consists of between 4 and 6 two-week sprints including a IP sprint (Innovation & Planning.) and each PI commences with a two day “all hands”  PI planning event during which […]

27
Jan

Unity Day – Creating a One Team Culture

It recently occurred to me that I have yet to share the history and context of Unity Day, our often referenced iteration kick off event. Given the creation of Unity Day is actually one of the pivotal moments in the history of the EDW Release Train, it is time to close this gap. For me […]

26
Nov

Switch in Action: Business Change Management Applied to Software Engineering

As regular readers of this blog would know, I recently read Chip & Dan Heath’s Switch (which I blogged about here). One Saturday evening in July, whilst only a short way though the book, I found myself thinking of the challenges we had rolling out “Trails”, our automated deployment tool. Even though Trails was built […]

22
Oct

Advice for Agile Coaches on “Dealing With” Middle Management

Over the past few months I have been fortunate to attend a number of Agile Conferences. A theme I observed, particularly in open spaces and social conversations, related to the role of middle management in an Agile Transformation. Questions like: what to do about Middle Management, how to deal with the “frozen middle” and what […]

13
Oct

Book Clubs at Work – Are You Serious?

As mentioned in a prior post, the idea for the EDW Agile Release Train came from reading Dean Leffingwell’s Scaling Software Agility. A couple of months after reading the book, there was a restructure and I found myself leading the technology team that I has previously been a customer of.  I was eager to pitch the […]

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