Feature Discovery Process

Why Don’t We Pre-Write Stories for PI Planning?

March 24th, 2021

This is a question I’m occasionally asked, but having been asked twice this week it prompted me to write this post. Why not pre-write stories for PI planning? Sure, it takes the stress and pressure out of the 2 days of PI planning, however, it is a SAFe anti-pattern. You may be wondering why? Here are a few reasons: Firstly, it’s double-dipping. PI Planning, as the name suggests, is for planning!. If you break features down into stories, size the work, plan it into iterations and write your PI Objectives prior to PI Planning then you have already completed planning! ...
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Team Pretty Agile in D.C.

Scaling Culture

October 2nd, 2020

It is hard to believe it has been over a year since the Pretty Agile team was at Agile 2019 in Washington D.C. where I had the pleasure of presenting  "Learning from the Books You Said You Read…" with Melissa Hay as well as "Is There a Place for Individuals and Interactions in Enterprise Agility?" with Adrienne Wilson. We also had took time out for some evening site seeing on a warm August night, including a quick visit to the Lincoln Memorial. A few weeks ago the team at InfoQ provided a blast from the past when they published my interview with ...
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Advice on Taking SAFe Certification Exams (and retaining classroom learning)

September 13th, 2020

It may not feel like it but SAFe Certification exams are not designed to trick you! That said, they certainly can be tricky, so I thought I would share some advice to help you maximise the likelihood of you passing the first time. Before the class Do the pre-work Your instructors should send you the recommended pre-reading before the start of the class. We usually send this out 2 to 3 weeks before the first day of class. If you didn’t receive this from your instructor - ask for it! It is important that you do the reading. Especially if ...
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SAFe Certification Pathways

How to Choose a SAFe Certification

August 31st, 2020

The most common enquiry we get - both prior to and during courses - is how to choose a SAFe training course? Those who are yet to take any Scaled Agile certifications want to know which one is right for them and those who have taken one want advice on which SAFe agile training course they should take next. Given there are currently 13 SAFe certifications provided by Scaled Agile, Inc. I can appreciate their confusion!  All 13 classes are plotted at least once on the SAFe Implementation Roadmap. While this informs where the course fits in the context of ...
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Scaled Agile Training Calendar

How to choose a SAFe training provider

August 13th, 2020

With the recent emergence of remote SAFe training, the number of SAFe certification providers appears to have exploded. In many cities across the world you will find multiple Scaled Agile training classes being offered by different providers every week. The choice is simply overwhelming. With so many providers; how do you distinguish between them? Assuming it's not practical for everyone to attend SAFe training by Pretty Agile, I thought I would share some thoughts on factors to consider when choosing a SAFe agile training provider. The Provider The first consideration is the company providing the training, Is the provider a ...
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Implementing SAFe class of June 2020

Our Learnings From Teaching in a #SuddenlyRemote World

July 23rd, 2020

Those who know me, would be aware that I am not much of a fan of digital tools as a substitute for post-it notes, index cards and flip charts and up until recently this had never been a problem. So you can imagine the state of sheer panic I was in, when due to the COVID-19 restrictions I was going to need to start delivering SAFe training remotely! My first call was to my long time friend, and remote agile expert, Mark Kilby. The message from Mark could not have been clearer - build in redundancy! In particular, he suggested ...
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