11
Mar

Scrum of Scrums with Feature Flow

Last year I wrote about the communication cadence and in particular the daily feature wall stand up that was the heartbeat of the EDW Agile Release Train.  Recently I received an email from someone who had read this post and wanted to know more. As he quite rightly pointed out the “post lacked the details […]

05
Nov

Context Matters in SAFe

At Agile Australia this year I took some time out to talk with +Craig Smith, +Tony Ponton and +Renee Troughton from The Agile Revolution about the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and Impact Mapping. You can read a summary of the discussion and listen to the podcast here: Context Matters in SAFe with Em Campbell-Pretty Share this with your followers on Twitter

27
May

Time to catch another train…

The time I spent leading the EDW team at Telstra has been the most incredible experience of my life. I have worked with some truly extraordinary people who made every day fun (even when it was very challenging!) I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I was given, as a business person, to lead […]

28
Apr

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 […]

25
Mar

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 […]

05
Mar

Launching an Agile Release Train While Standing in a Waterfall

Some days I wonder if someone has put the EDW Release Train on a list of “must see” tourist attractions in Melbourne. We have a least two tour groups a month come and visit us to see how we have gone about scaling agile using the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). Some visitors are from within […]

12
Feb

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, SAFe 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”  PI planning event during which […]

08
Feb

Scaling Agile Data Warehousing

Scaling Agile Data Warehousing

Two years ago, I found myself with five Agile feature teams developing in parallel on an enterprise data warehouse (EDW) with a single integrated code base. While the introduction of Agile was showing promise, we would need to find a way to make Agile data warehousing work better at scale if we were going to […]

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