29
Sep

What Happens to Project Managers When You Implement SAFe?

What happens to Project Managers when you implement SAFe? I see this question come up time and again and while I am sure there is more than one answer, in my experience, the role of the Project Manager changes and there are less of them. In the specific case of the EDW Agile Release Train, […]

22
Sep

How to Grow an Agile Release Train

The EDW Agile Release Train was established as a fixed capacity model consisting of five permanent feature teams. As our ability to deliver has improved over the last year, the demand for our services has increased. This lead to us to contemplating our options – do nothing, add another team. extend the capacity of the […]

15
Sep

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip & Dan Heath

Having read and really enjoyed Chip & Dan Heath’s first book, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, I bought Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hardwhen it was first released, however it sat on my bookshelf gathering dust until I heard +Jean Tabaka talking about it when she visited Telstra in June. In Switch, the […]

01
Sep

A Perspective on the Scaled Agile Framework

I have watched with interest and disappointment over the past month or so as Agile thought leaders have taken to publicly passing judgement on the new kid on the block, the Scaled Agile Framework aka SAFe. In the interests of full disclosure, I am a certified SAFe Program Consultant, I use SAFe with my team […]

26
Aug

My Agile 2013 Experience – Day 6 of 6

Friday The closing keynote for Agile 2013 was “Why Everyone Needs DevOps Now: A Fourteen Year Study Of High Performing IT Organizations ” by +Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project. (If you haven’t read The Phoenix Project you can download a free 170 page excerpt here.)  This is the second time I have heard Gene give this presentation and […]

23
Aug

My Agile 2013 Experience – Day 5 of 6

Thursday De-Mystifying Kanban: Understanding Its Many Faces +Al Shalloway Al provided a very thorough and complete explanation of the various flavours of Kanban. He covered: Kanban as a signal Kanban as a Team Development Process Kanban’s Roots in Lean  Scrum as a Manifestation of Lean Lean Kanban University (LKU) Kanban aka The Kanban Method Kanban Thinking […]

22
Aug

My Agile 2013 Experience – Day 4 of 6

Wednesday When NOT to Have All the Answers: Stop Giving Advice and Start Asking Questions +Judith Mills  and +Christopher Avery  Judith started by telling us about her addiction to giving advice and her realisation: “If I was going to be successful I couldn’t be the expert I had to change the culture. Changing the culture isn’t about […]

21
Aug

My Agile 2013 Experience – Day 3 of 6

Tuesday Agile Metrics: Velocity is NOT the goal +Michael “Doc” Norton  Doc opened by explaining that Velocity is a lagging indicator for a complex system and lagging indicators are good for monitoring trends but are poor predictors of the future. He advocated the use of standard deviation in forecasting velocity, noting: “The Business won’t like this […]

20
Aug

My Agile 2013 Experience – Day 2 of 6

Monday I missed Monday morning’s keynote to attend the Executive Forum. In hindsight, the Executive Forum was not the best use of my time and hence I decided to spend the remainder of my day checking out sessions from the main conference. The Keynote, “Coding for America: How Agile and Lean are disrupting government — […]

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