31
Jan

5

Weighted Velocity: An Approach to Addressing the Impact of Planned and Unplanned Leave on Yesterday’s Weather

Over the past few years much has been written and tweeted about the evils of agile estimation (#noestimates). There has also been much consternation amongst agilists with respect to SAFe’s normalized estimation approach. However, for most of my large enterprise clients the need to estimate for the purposes of planning is a practical necessity and SAFe’s […]

25
Jan

1

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 […]

29
Nov

0

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 […]

14
Jul

2
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 […]

28
Apr

1
You Want to Train Everyone? Don’t Be Ridiculous!

You Want to Train Everyone? Don’t Be Ridiculous!

Those familiar with SAFe may have noticed that we did not launch our Agile Release Train with a Quick Start. One reason for this is that we started our train before the first SPC class was held and flying +Dean Leffingwell to Melbourne to launch our train exceeded my non existent consulting budget!  However, it was […]

12
Feb

8
Can You Be SAFe Without PI Planning?

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, +Dean 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” release planning event during which a […]

27
Jan

7
Unity Day – Creating a One Team Culture

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 […]

22
Sep

1
How to Grow an Agile Release Train

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 […]

23
Aug

0
My Agile 2013 Experience – Day 5 of 6

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 […]