14
Jul 2015

Spotifying SAFe with Guilds, Chapters and Squads

Spotifying SAFe with Guilds, Chapters and Squads

Last month’s Agile Australia conference played host to both Dean Leffingwell, the creator of the Scaled Agile Framework and Anders Ivarsson, Spotify Agile Coach and co-author of the Scaling Agile @ Spotify paper. Those who were able to drag themselves (and their hangovers) out of bed early enough on day 2 of the conference were treated to an “Ask the experts” panel featuring both Dean and Anders, along with Linda Rising and James Shore.  I’m sure you won't be surprised to learn that it was not long before an audience member asked what might seem like the obvious question - SAFe vs. “the ...
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27
May 2015

How to be Agile With a Fixed Scope Business Case? Part2 – Business Benefits over Business Requirements

How to be Agile With a Fixed Scope Business Case? Part2 – Business Benefits over Business Requirements

In my previous blog post, I explored how “small batch funds release” can be an enabler for organisations starting their agile journey constrained by a traditional fixed scope, time and cost business case. With this more flexible but also more tightly controlled funding process in place, it is time to turn our attention to navigating the “signed off”, “locked down”, “fixed scope” requirements contained in the Business Requirements Document (BRD) that underpins the business case. Software developers working in traditional software development shops have been conditioned to expect their work to arrive in the form of requirements documents. Many organisations ...
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04
May 2015

How to be Agile With a Fixed Scope Business Case? Part1 – Small Batch Funds Release

How to be Agile With a Fixed Scope Business Case? Part1 – Small Batch Funds Release

How do you embrace change when your hands are tied by corporate red tape? Many organisations I work with have existing business cases with fixed scope, time and cost expectations when they first decide to "go agile". The early conversations about "going agile" are generally prompted by either some misstep with a previous project or delivery issues with an inflight project. Agile is the magic answer that is going to radically improve the way Information Technology deliver projects. As the technology teams begin to "embrace change" and deliver "clean code", pressure begins to mount on the business processes that govern ...
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11
Mar 2015

Scrum of Scrums with Feature Flow

Scrum of Scrums with Feature Flow

Last year I wrote about the communication cadence and in particular the daily feature wall stand up that was the heartbeat of the EDW Agile Release Train.  Recently I received an email from someone who had read this post and wanted to know more. As he quite rightly pointed out the "post lacked the details to effectively implement a similar event but it sounded really worthwhile." When I sat down to reply to this e-mail, I found myself thinking about the power of the visualisations more than the event.  The inwards facing Release Train Engineer, Wayne Palmer, had been determined ...
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11
Feb 2015

Bridging the Great Divide Between the Business and IT: A Business Perspective

Bridging the Great Divide Between the Business and IT: A Business Perspective

A while back a friend of mine suggested I take the time to write the story of how a business general manager found agile i.e. my story. While bits and pieces of the story appear in this blog, this is the first time I have put pen to paper and written about my journey in detail. This forms the basis of my latest article in the Cutter IT Journal. In this article I explore how agile helps change the dynamic between the business and IT, as I experienced it.  Use this link to access a free download of my article ...
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05
Nov 2014

Context Matters in SAFe

Context Matters in SAFe

At Agile Australia this year I took some time out to talk with +Craig Smith, +Tony Ponton and +Renee Troughton from The Agile Revolution about the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and Impact Mapping. You can read a summary of the discussion and listen to the podcast here: Context Matters in SAFe with Em Campbell-Pretty Share this with your followers on Twitter
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30
Oct 2014

Is it SAFe to Scrum?

Is it SAFe to Scrum?

While I was hanging out on the West Coast of the U.S. earlier this month, I decided to take +Mike Cohn's Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) class. I have been using Scrum for a number of years, however my early agile education was from a more generic agile fundamentals angle and for no apparent reason I had never bothered to take a CSM class. When the opportunity to take Mike's class happened to match my travel schedule, it was too good an opportunity to pass up. I really enjoyed the two-day class, and, if you ever get the opportunity to learn Scrum ...
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24
Sep 2014

The ART of the All-Hands Release Planning Meeting

The ART of the All-Hands Release Planning Meeting

“100 people in a planning meeting sounds like a contradiction in terms.”  Not exactly the supportive sentiment I was hoping to get from my parents. It was the weekend before the big event and I was trying to explain what we were attempting to my parents over dinner. Having freshly returned from +Jean Tabaka's Scaling Agile Collaboration Workshop at +RallyON, I was VERY focused on planning for the big day. Jean had said you should allow 2 hours of preparation for every hour of workshop and up to 5 times this for large planning meetings. Did she mean me personally as ...
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21
Aug 2014

Passing the Baton: The Role of Leadership in Sustainable Agile Transformations

Passing the Baton: The Role of Leadership in Sustainable Agile Transformations

Five years ago, before I had ever heard of an Agile Release Train, I was given a copy of Jim Collins’ book Good to Great by my line manager. Over the years I have read and re-read this book and it continues to be one of my favourites. I even recommended it to the EDW Book Club where we spent a number of hours dissecting the findings and considering how they might be applicable to launching an Agile Release Train. Good to Great is the result of five years of research aimed at understanding the defining characteristics of “companies that made the ...
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