Capabilities Release or Cadence Release

Herding Cats

In the Agile world the phrase deliver early and deliver often is good advice. Agile developers like to toss that phrase around as an alternative to having a plan for the delivered value we'll replace planning and estimating with early and often delivery. So do we pick a Capabilities Release or a Cadence Release? Cadence release puts value out on a periodic basis. Those capabilities don't always show up in the Cadence, but that's a separate issue as well. .

Agile Communications Plans

Leading Answers

Many traditional project management deliverables have agile alternatives. Yet we rarely see agile communications management plans. Given the high rates of change often experienced on agile projects, we might expect more emphasis on communications to keep everyone on the same page.

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How effective are your agile ceremonies?

Kiron Bondale

We hope that by conducting effective ceremonies we will achieve the agile trinity of improved value delivery, better quality and more fun. Each agile framework provides its own ceremonies but given that Scrum is still the most commonly referenced one, let’s focus on that framework’s events. The Scrum Guide calls sprints the heart of Scrum as these time boxes set the cadence for all other events. Agile ceremonies should add value.

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7 Factors for running an effective Kanban Replenishment Meeting

Digite

In 2015, in a blog post called Kanban Cadences , David Anderson laid out a set of 7 Kanban cadences or meetings that provide comprehensive opportunities for feedback, planning, and review in an enterprise. These are based on our own experience using Kanban for our own product development as well as that of many of our customers who have implemented this critical cadence. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Kanban board kanban cadences Lean Replenishment Meeting

2017 121

Agile Release Train (ART)

Digite

The concept of Agile Release Train is central to understanding the constructs of SAFe and to implement them. The Agile Release Train is the primary value delivery construct in SAFe. The Agile Release Train is a long lived, self-organizing team of Agile Teams, a virtual organization (5 to 12 teams) that plans, commits, and executes together. An Agile Release Train typically consist of 50-125 people. Principles governing the Agile Release Train.

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Leveraging Agile to Get Predictable

Leading Agile

Agile isn’t ever really about Agile. In our Business Drivers of Agility webinar series hosted by LeadingAgile CEO, Mike Cottmeyer, Mike dives deep into six key business drivers to uncover how Agile can enable organizations to connect these drivers to better business outcomes.

2020 89

The Agile Fluency model

Henny Portman

The Agile Fluency model, developed by Diana Larsen and James Shore in 2012 and substantially updated in 2018, is a framework to help teams understand their current position and to help them develop an individual road map. Agile teams pass through four distinct zones of fluency as they learn ( fluency evolves). Each zone brings specific benefits: Focusing teams produce business value (agile fundamentals). Delivering teams deliver on the market cadence (agile sustainability).

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How should I handle an agile-waterfall hybrid project?

Kiron Bondale

A question which I’m frequently asked by learners attending my agile foundations courses is “ I’m quite comfortable with what’s required for a waterfall project and what’s required for an agile project, but how do I plan and manage one where some of the scope is going to be delivered in a waterfall manner and some will be delivered using an agile approach? Tagged: agile project management , improving project management , project decision making.

2017 131

Encapsulation vs Orchestration: Dependencies in Agile

Leading Agile

Dependencies will stop Agility dead in its tracks. In the presence of dependencies, you’re never going to achieve the level of Agility you desire—unless you do something about them. Theoretically, you could have two teams that meet most of the criteria of an Agile team.

2020 73

ESP Compared to Kanban Method

Digite

He highlights this with the adoption path for Kanban cadences (meetings) as to how Kanban is bottom-up and inside-out approach whereas ESP is the top-down and outside-in approach. We also anticipate the adoption of the Kanban Cadences to be different. This diagram shows the anticipated adoption sequence of Kanban Cadence meetings during an ESP initiative. Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile Enterprise Kanban enterprise se Kanban Kanban board kanban cadences Lean

2017 80

Questioning Agile Dogma

Leading Agile

When I first learned about Agile methods in 2002, the principles seemed to offer an ideal solution to many organizational issues common at the time. It’s time now to move forward to the next level of proficiency in software delivery; what we might call “post-Agile.” ” A lot more is possible than was imagined when “Agile” was first defined. Let’s begin with some parts of the Agile canon itself.

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Maintain a sense of change urgency through agility

Kiron Bondale

The specific cadence varies based on the complexity and duration of a transformation. This is why regardless of the nature of a transformation we need to inject agility into its delivery. Agile Facilitating Organization Change agile project management Change management Stakeholder analysis transformational projects

2018 146

A Comprehensive Guide to Agile Project Management

Redbooth

If you work in tech or any industry where things change fast, you probably are familiar with agile project management. Agile methods are baked into productivity tech, from Trello to Airtable to Redbooth, and can improve any large body of work, from ad campaigns to app design. It’s easy to set up an agile project management system. Agile practices are simple and adaptable to your team and company goals. Agile project management basics: project as product.

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Is SAFe Agile?

Digite

Since the arrival of Scaled Agile Framework in the world market, there have been comparisons ad nauseum between the Scrum and SAFe frameworks. Many industry experts have come out and pointed possible flaws in the Scaled Agile Framework. However, the Scaled Agile Framework indeed subscribes to the ethos of the Agile manifesto. In the context of SAFe, you have multiple Agile teams working independently but in sync. Image credits: Scaled agile .

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Half Agile Isn’t Real Transformation

Leading Agile

If those worlds are not connected, then there’s a limit to the level of business agility the IT department can support. Business agility is what organizations are looking for; agile software development may be one enabling factor in achieving it, but it isn’t the point of a transformation. Half-Agile Transformations. Most agile consultants and coaches are unfamiliar with back-end technologies, and they tend to treat them as a mysterious black box.

2019 96

I get the business rationale for agile, but what’s in it for ME?

Kiron Bondale

When we read about the rationale for an agile approach to project delivery, the focus is often on the benefits realized by the company or by their customers. While we can’t marginalize the benefits of early and frequent realization of business value there is a compelling case to be made about higher levels of job satisfaction and engagement for the team members working on successful agile projects when compared with their counterparts on equally successful traditional projects.

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Live from Product404, in Atlanta: Agile RoadMapping

Leading Agile

Balancing Agility and predictability in a roadmap is a challenge, and stakeholders require transparency in order to effectively drive organizations forward. Whether your team is a startup looking to define your product strategy, or an enterprise looking to remain competitive while coordinating across hundreds of teams, this event will deliver valuable insights and techniques on how Product leaders can remain agile while developing and sharing their roadmap.

How To Make Agile Work For Your Marketing Team

Proofhub

According to a Collab Net report , 97% of respondents are using Agile development methods. For engineering teams, Agile is second nature and often the chosen framework for teams. If you’re a marketing leader looking to use an Agile framework with your team, read on!

2020 78

Beginner’s Guide to Kanban for Agile Marketing

Digite

We’re honored to republish this blog post ‘Beginner’s Guide to Kanban for Agile Marketing’ by Andrea Fryrear which was originally published in the Agile Sherpas blog! Anderson best articulated its application to software development, in 2013, in the foundational book Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business, and its adoption hasn’t been as universal as Scrum’s during the early days of Agile software development.

2018 94

Connecting Business with IT to Achieve Agility in the Financial Sector

Planview

Santander UK, one of the world’s largest retail and commercial banks, has been on an Agile and digital transformation journey for some time. 5 questions and answers from an on-demand webinar with Santander UK.

2020 91

Review: Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery

Henny Portman

ambler and Mark Lines are the creators of the Disciplined Agile Delivery framework and the authors of the book Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery – a small Agile Team’s journey from Scrum to Disciplined DevOps ( 2 nd edition). Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) is one of the four elements of Disciplined Agile (DA). The other parts are Disciplined DevOps, Disciplined Agile IT (DAIT) and Disciplined Agile Enterprise (DAE). Scott W.

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Is Your Agile Project Healthy?

Project Management Essentials

Experienced agile coaches and practitioners develop a sixth-sense. They can quickly assess the health of an agile project or team just as doctors do with their patients. In my agile training and consulting practice, I have witnessed similar symptoms when an organization is struggling with its agile adoption. Like a competent physician, an agile coach can quickly diagnose problems by listening, observing, and asking probing questions. Outsourced Agile.

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Difference Between Agile Project Management and Scrum

Brad Egeland

There has been a rise in the transition of project management, product management and software development teams from traditional Waterfall methodologies to Agile ones. Those who don’t know much about agile, are also unaware of its popular frameworks like Kanban that is used to implement agile software development. Scrum is also the framework of agile for completing complex projects. The scrum master is a facilitator of an agile team. What is Agile?

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Agile, Waterfall and Hybrid: Managing the Multiple-Methodology Portfolio

Keyedin

Today, PMOs working with waterfall (predictive), agile and hybrid project methodologies have a difficult time identifying a single version of the truth, which causes serious obstacles to productivity. Recent research from the Project Management Institute is clear: Almost fifty percent of projects managed in PMOs are agile or hybrid based. Within agile, PPM solutions must provide data in real-time, or PMOs are at risk of losing status visibility.

Agile, Waterfall and Hybrid: Managing the Multiple-Methodology Portfolio

Keyedin

Today, PMOs working with waterfall (predictive), agile and hybrid project methodologies have a difficult time identifying a single version of the truth, which causes serious obstacles to productivity. Recent research from the Project Management Institute is clear: Almost fifty percent of projects managed in PMOs are agile or hybrid based. Within agile, PPM solutions must provide data in real-time, or PMOs are at risk of losing status visibility.

Influencing the eternal optimism of a delivery team

Kiron Bondale

When I teach agile fundamentals classes, I frequently emphasize the importance of inspection and adaptation. Teams which don’t use feedback loops with their products and their processes should not consider themselves to be very agile. For those teams which use an iteration-based cadence for their delivery such as those who have implemented the Scrum framework there have multiple feedback loops to help them improve. Agile Project Management agile project management

Agile Portfolio Management in an Adaptive World – Q&A with the Experts

Keyedin

Agile Portfolio Management is a hot topic for many PMO leaders today trying to forge forward in a world where things are requiring a high degree of adaptability. Can you share any insight on changes or uptake of Agile due to virtual working? However, the need to be able to adapt and have more agile approach to decision making, operations, and work management is mainly driven by changing requirements and addressing change in a quicker fashion.

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Do not compromise on knowledge when filling the Product Owner role

Kiron Bondale

Sufficient capacity, knowledge and empowerment are needed to succeed in this role, but every time I teach an agile foundations class and ask the participants whether their companies are able to meet all three of these requirements for assigning product owners to their most important value streams, very rarely do I get an unqualified “Yes!” The product owner role is extremely challenging for most organizations to fill.

2020 159

Agile Unplugged: EP 02 | Mike Cottmeyer and Dennis Stevens

Leading Agile

Listen to the Agile Unplugged Podcast on the go! Find and subscribe to Agile Unplugged on: Apple Podcasts. Agile Unplugged is your chance to explore LeadingAgile’s freshest ideas, mental models, frameworks, and solutions with the people that are actually doing the work of leading large-scale Agile Transformation, out in the field. You get super clear backlogs, you find out what the real cadences you’ve finished work that you start.

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Releases and Deadlines in Agile

Herding Cats

But Agile at Scale has a different paradigm than Agile at the Table. Cadence Release - when a fixed period ends, go with what is ready to go. Cadence Release paradigm, is a flow-based approach. The variability of the development work is minimized through the planned cadence. Focusing on meeting the needs of the customer or market is key to success in the Cadence approach. The Capabilities are laid out Cadence Releases in the chart below.

Webinar Recap: Agile Series Part 2 – Agile Features & Capabilities in MS Project / Project PPM

MPUG

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Tim Runcie’s Agile Series Part 2 webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. Kyle: Hello everyone and welcome to part two of MPUG’s Agile training series. Today’s session will cover Agile features and capabilities in Microsoft Project and project PPM. So really want to help educate you guys, get you going and continue the discussion around Agile. Hence Agile, right?

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GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide Applied to Agile

Herding Cats

There are not specific to Agile Software Development. Agile. Agile teams, for the most part, are a fixed set of resources, so the spending plan is essentially Flat. Either a Cadence Release Plan or a Capabilities Release Plan. Agile doesn't have the formal notion of a critical path , but there are critical features that are needed for the Capabilities. Agile is a participant in Risk Management, but Agile is NOT Risk Management. .

Release by sprint or capability?

Musings on Project Management

One of the Agile paradigm shifts from the "way we've always done it" is to shift release planning to either fixed calendar points -- at the end of one or more sprints, but typically three or more -- or when capability needed by the business is "done" In an interesting posting, here, the first idea is given the moniker "cadence release"; the latter "capabilities release". agile planning

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Handling Unplanned Work

Leading Agile

We did our short-term planning last week and we came up with an idea of what work we would be able to complete in the next iteration or cadence. ” If you’ve chosen an “agile” approach for the work, it’s because “agile” is a fit for the situation. Agile Community Agile Teams Agile Training Agile Transformation Backlog Business Agility Coaching LeadingAgile Path to Agility Team Member Teamwork Transformation

2018 82

Shift from Annual to Continuous Planning to Enable Agility [Webinar]

Planview

Having a regular cadence that allows you to measure value against new demand is incredibly valuable, as it isn’t disruptive when measured against the annual plan and allows you to forecast on a regular basis. Well, for one, you will receive the gift of time , as becoming more agile will increase your organization’s productivity. This agility is your second benefit, as it will reduce the cycle time to forecast and analyze the impacts of decisions from days/weeks to hours.

Don’t Say NoGet Them to Understand Your Team Delivery Capacity

Leading Agile

Let’s say that on average stakeholders request a couple of large items, a couple of medium-sized ones, and five small ones in any given cadence, iteration, release, or whatever unit of time your organization uses for such matters. Let’s say you’re using a two-week cadence, as that’s pretty typical and is what most agile coaches recommend as a starting point. In a typical cadence, stakeholders ask you to complete 12.5

How do your pods divide and conquer?

Kiron Bondale

A good practice with agile delivery is to keep team sizes small to reduce the number of communication channels. But when planning a product release which cannot be delivered by a single pod within a reasonable amount of time, we need to structure the work across multiple pods of five to a dozen team members working in parallel but also orchestrating release cadence and work item priority based on the dependencies between work streams.

2016 131

The Difference Between The Kanban Method and Scrum

Digite

Continuing our theme of helping Agile teams understand the Kanban Method, so they can effectively adopt it for their improvement efforts, I am again honored to publish a guest article by another great friend of ours – Dave White. In this article, he outlines the similarities of the two as WIP Limiting, Pull-based systems – with cadences and a focus on learning – while also explaining their differences. Cadences. This also includes cadences.

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Review People Over Process

Henny Portman

Levine wrote with People Over Process – Leadership for Agility a very pragmatic and down to earth book about leadership and agile projects. The classic formulation of agile in the Agile Manifesto has no role for leadership. agility English Post QRC reviewMichael K.

Do you deliver dazzling demos?

Kiron Bondale

DO send meeting invitations well in advance and if you are following a standard sprint or iteration cadence (e.g. While this article is primarily aimed at teams who are using an agile delivery approach, it is equally applicable to traditional projects. Tagged: agile project management , customer satisfaction , improving project management. Agile Project Management agile project management customer satisfaction improving project management

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