17
Aug

2

Learning from Re-Squadification

One of the things I love about the A&I Agile Release Train is their drive to learn. Following the Re-Squadification day the train held a focused retrospective in order to understand what had gone wrong and how they could avoid a reoccurrence of a long drawn out self-selection process in the future.  The insights were […]

15
Dec

4
There is no such thing a Feature Owner… Or is there?

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

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.

24
Sep

0
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 […]

05
May

19
Release Train Engineer – Batman or the Wonder Twins?

Release Train Engineer – Batman or the Wonder Twins?

A couple of months back I wrote about launching my first Agile Release Train and some of our specific challenges with creating the right organisational structure. In particular I pointed out that : “For us the Release Train Engineer (RTE) role as articulated in SAFe has never really emerged. “ Instead, the responsibilities spelt out […]

25
Mar

6
Communication Cadence – The Heartbeat of Scaled Agile

Communication Cadence – The Heartbeat of Scaled Agile

In my life as a business sponsor of software development programs I spent innumerable hours in program meetings – project status meetings, RAID meetings, Steering Committees, Governance meetings, “Come to Jesus meetings”, you name it. When I was appointed to my first role on the delivery side of the fence, I thought running these meetings […]

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
Aug

0
My Agile 2013 Experience – Day 4 of 6

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 […]

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