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Apr 2017

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12 Lean Habits of the 21st-Century Technology Leader

Use this link to download a free copy of my article on  12 Lean Habits of the 21st-Century Technology Leader from the January 2017 issue of the Cutter Business Technology Journal.Share this with your followers on Twitter
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13
Apr 2017

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SAFe PI Planning Quick-Start Style

The schedule for the two-day PI Planning event, days five and six of the 6-day quick-start, was pretty much textbook SAFe. Given I have blogged about PI Planning in the past, let’s skip the blow by blow description of PI Planning and focus on the highlights from this particular Agile Release Train's first PI Planning event.Firstly the opening messages set the perfect tone for the 2-days. The RTE opened the event with: "It’s been an epic few days and we are here now. PI Planning.  We are here and we are doing it and it’s awesome!  Now it’s about the ...
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16
Feb 2017

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Just-in-time Training for an Agile Release Train Quick-Start

The three key ingredients in any ART launch are: teams, a well defined, force ranked feature level program backlog and the knowledge to execute in a lean and agile manner. In the case of the A&I ART, we now had teams and a backlog, we just needed the knowledge. This is where the SAFe for Teams training and the Scrum Master and Product Owner Orientation workshops came in.Monday morning the teams returned to same venue we had used for the self-selection event, to commence two-days of SAFe for Teams training. I was thrilled that the organisation had taken our guidance ...
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25
Jan 2017

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Facilitating Squadification for a SAFe Agile Release Train

The squadification day had arrived! We had management buy in to allowing people to self-select into teams and a structure for our new new Agile Release Train (ART). I turned up with my Time Timer in tow ready to facilitate what I hoped would be a great beginning for this brand new ART.Over the course of the week leading up to the self self-selection, the thought of launching a new ART with no experienced Scrum Masters had been on my mind. How we would find the right people for those Scrum Master roles? I tend to choose what I read based on ...
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14
Dec 2016

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Preparing for Team Self-Selection with SAFe & Structuring the ART

Those who know me will not be at all surprised to learn the first thing I did once there was agreement to use self-selection as the approach to forming teams for the A&I Agile Release Train was buy and read +Sandy Mamoli's book Creating Great Teams: How Self-Selection Lets People Excel. I had heard Sandy talk on the topic some time back and my colleague +Mark Richards had previously used the technique with +Andy Kelk at Australia Post, so I wasn't walking in blind.  My experiences with watching people bastardising SAFe made me want try and stick as closely to Sandy's guidance as possible. ...
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29
Nov 2016

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The 6-Day SAFe Quick-Start with Self-Selecting Teams

For those not familiar with the SAFe “Quick-Start" (also known as the one-week launch) is a proven pattern for launching an Agile Release Train. A textbook Quick-Start goes something like this:In the weeks prior to the Quick-Start:the feature backlog is refined and prioritised (using WSJF), and;the people who will be doing the work are grouped in teams of 7+/- 2 with a Scrum Master and a Product OwnerDay 1 and 2 of the Quick-Start all the teams attend the 2-day SAFe for Teams training, sitting at team tables with their product owners. During the training they work with real features ...
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30
Oct 2016

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Tribal Unity – The Book

Some of you may have noticed my blog has been a little quiet this year.  One reason for this is that I have been busy writing my first book - Tribal Unity: Getting From Teams to Tribes by Creating a One Team Culture. Some time soon I will blog about my agile book writing experience. Today, however, it is time to celebrate. This week, on the 27th October to be exact, my book went live on Amazon and Agile Denver threw me a launch party!Me introducing Tribal Unity to Agile DenverThe Agile Denver TribeMe unboxing the very first box of ...
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07
Apr 2016

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Inside the Dragons’ Den @ Agile Australia 2016

It is that time of year again, when the various big agile conferences send out the acceptance and rejections notifications to those who submitted proposals. In Australia, this is generally followed by some twitter chatter from those who didn’t make the cut.  This time last year I was one of the many who received a “thanks but no thanks” email from Agile Australia. To be frank, I was surprised. I had submitted two talks that had been accepted by the Agile 2015 conference but were rejected by Agile Australia. What was up with that?  After much soul searching I decided ...
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17
Dec 2015

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Good PI Planning is the Enemy of Great PI Planning

When I first met +Dean Leffingwell, I had already launched the EDW Release Train - without doing PI Planning. I was attending one of the early SPC classes in Boulder, CO. It was day 3 before I built up the courage to ask Dean the question that had been on my mind since I decided to attend the class: What should I do about the fact we weren’t doing PI Planning?My memory of Dean’s response is that he was rather dismissive. Being the sensitive little thing that I am, I felt somewhat wounded by this exchange. Looking back now, almost 3 ...
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