15
Dec

4

There is no such thing a Feature Owner… Or is there?

When an organisation introduces agile, it is not uncommon for there to be a mass rollout of Agile Fundamentals training, where the role of the Product Owner is positioned as being an empowered business person who is colocated with and 100% dedicated to work with the agile team. This sounds wonderful in theory, but when […]

01
Dec

0

Scaling Agile – Cucumber Podcast

As part of my participation in CukeUp Australia last month, the team at Cucumber invited me to join them in recording a podcast about Scaling Agile and how large organisations can make it work. You can tune to the discussion with +Terry Yin, +Matt Wynne, +Hamish Tedeschi,  +Steve Tooke and of course me, using the +SoundCloud player below.

23
Nov

0

The Journey of SAFe and Thawing Middle Management

While I was at Agile 2015, I had the opportunity to catch up with fellow Aussie +Craig Smith from +InfoQ. We talk about how I came to lead Australia’s first Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) implementation and both my Agile 2015 sessions – The Magic Carpet Ride: A Business Perspective on DevOps and Thawing the Frozen Middle. You can […]

10
Nov

0

From teams to tribes: Creating a one-team culture in DevOps

One of the topics I have been talking about at various conferences over the last 18 months, is scaling culture with agile tribes. This is a topic that resonates with people in both the Agile and DevOps communities. As part of my participation in the DevOps Enterprise Summit last month I was invited to share […]

27
Aug

2

Facilitating SAFe Team Self-Assessments

As part of an Agile Release Train’s commitment to relentless improvement it is necessary for all the teams on the train to reflect and assess the effectiveness of their Scrum and XP practices on a regular cadence. For most once a PI seems to be a logical frequency. The Scaled Agile Framework provides a self-assessment […]

28
Jul

0

Educating DevOps: A Business Perspective

Back in March I was approached to contribute to DevOps Perspectives, a quarterly eBook sponsored by +CA Technologies. The resulting article, “Educating DevOps“, starts on page 26 of “DevOps Perspectives 3: Straight talking and the latest thinking from the DevOps frontline”. Use this link to download a copy of the eBook, which also includes contributions from +Dan North, +nicole forsgren and +Matthew Skelton. […]

14
Jul

2

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 […]

27
May

1

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 […]

04
May

0

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 […]

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