29
Nov

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 […]

15
Dec

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

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

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 […]

27
Aug

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 […]

14
Jul

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 […]

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