The Rhythmic Dance of Agile with Cadence

MPUG

Now, you might be thinking what exactly a dance has to do with cadence in Agile? Let’s start first with the definition of cadence. Cadence – Definition and Basics. Simply put, cadence is a rhythm of execution. Working with Single Cadence.

A 2021 Guide to Kanban Cadences to help Align Your Business Communication

nTask

If you have been studying the project management paradigm for a long time then you would know that Kanban is one of the most flexible of the agile frameworks out there. To many of the fans of project management out there in the market, these rhythms are known as Kanban cadences.

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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. .

Overcoming the Roadblocks in Agile Backlogs

Leading Agile

Many teams that operate within Agile are struggling. We find that the backlogs that Agile teams frequently operate from appear as a thematic list of items that the product owner wants built. Agile Agile Teams Backlog

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Why an Agile Delivery Model Isn’t Always Enough

Leading Agile

An Agile Delivery Model will only take you so far. Why then do all the ceremonies and cadences still fail to deliver on the promise of Agility? The truth is that most organizations were not built to be Agile. First, we must consider Agile Teams.

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Creating an Agile Transformation Roadmap

Leading Agile

An Agile Transformation Roadmap is all about getting people to change and having that change be sticky. The Journey to Agile Transformation. The starting point on our Agile Transformation Roadmap is always to understand where your company is today and where it wants to be in the future.

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Is SAFe® (Scaled Agile Framework®) not Agile?

Agilemania

Some Agile experts are not hard-core fans of SAFe. And this makes SAFe more complicated, bureaucratic than the Agile manifesto recommends. They also have this opinion that SAFe is so heavy, maybe it is not Agile at all. For a long period, our idea of Agile was only Scrum.

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Agile Communications Plans

Mike Griffiths

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.

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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Troubleshooting in Lean-Agile Development

MPUG

Many project managers utilize a Lean-Agile approach when there is high change or churn in project requirements, significant lack of clarity in scope, high complexity to their projects, and/or a larger number of risks associated with such. Two Lean-Agile Types. Flow-based Lean-Agile.

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What Does It Mean to Be An Agile Organization?

Leading Agile

When asked what an Agile organization is, most people tend to think it’s one that’s built around a certain mindset, or around Agile practices like Scrum or SAFe—or both. Your organizational structure forms the backbone for how your Agile enterprise will operate.

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Managing A Hybrid-ScrumBan Project with MS Project Agile

MPUG

Many times, managing a Hybrid-Agile project with a sole Lean-Agile approach doesn’t meet the needs of an organization, the expectations of stakeholders, required delivery frequency of customers, or address uncertainties associated with engineering work.

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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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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

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Unpacking Agile Transformation: The System of Delivery

Leading Agile

So if we agree that Agile Transformation is worth talking about, we need a better way of talking about it. You see, over the past 20 years, the general hypothesis has been to train people on Agile methodologies and trust everything else will emerge.

A modern (and easy) guide to the 5 agile ceremonies

Planio

Agile ceremonies are the fuel that keeps your development team moving forward. But what if you’re not entirely comfortable managing and running Agile ceremonies? Agile ceremonies get abandoned when teams stop seeing the value in them. What are Agile ceremonies?

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How do you know if your team is being agile?

Kiron Bondale

It is easy to say that demonstrating behaviors consistent with the values and principles of the Manifesto is proof of agility but this test leaves significant wiggle room for interpretation and for exception cases which fall through the cracks of the four values and twelve principles. One could consider these three dimensions to be an agile equivalent of the project management iron triangle. Whether these loops follow a fixed cadence (e.g.

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The Value of an Agile Project Management Office

MPUG

Then, we will dive into the topic of Agile PMO, its relevance, and a number of roles that can be played by such a PMO. With this background, let’s proceed towards the concept of Agile PMO. The first question that comes to mind in having a PMO coupled with an Agile approach is this: Is a PMO really needed at all in an Agile setting? Are not Agile teams cross-functional, self-organizing, and self-managing ? Agile PMO. Roles Played by Agile PMO.

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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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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.

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Benefits of Scaled Agile Framework ( SAFe®) – Agilemania

Agilemania

Recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on Lean-Agile best practices, Dean Leffingwell took it on himself to do something about it. He introduced the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). SAFe is based on following 10 Lean-Agile principles-.

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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.

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Use Agile Project Management with MS Project – Transcription

MPUG

s webinar, Use Agile Project Management with MS Project, being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. Welcome to Use Agile Project Management with MS Project. He also goes by Jim and he is super excited to be with him, our Agile expert for the session.

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The Complete Guide to Scaling Agile and SAFe for Business Agility

Agilemania

What is Scaling in Agile? Agile is a set of values and principles. Agile is an umbrella term for a group of iterative product development frameworks. Most organizations started their Agile journey with one of the frameworks mentioned above, and Scrum is the most popular one.

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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.

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A Deeper Look: Top Changes in the New 2020 Scrum Guide for Agile Practitioners

MPUG

My perspective is based on my analysis, my own interpretations, and the interactions I’ve had with Agile practitioners who follow my publications, books, and/or courses. Introduction of Cadence. For the first time, we are introduced of a concept called “Cadence.”

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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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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

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12 Incredible Reasons You Should Get a SAFe® Agile Certification

Agilemania

46% of the organizations reported inconsistencies in practices and processes as their main challenge with agile transformation. Source: 15th State of Agile Report. There sure is an Agile framework called SAFe. And SAFe is the road to Business Agility.

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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Mastering the (new) Agile Coaching Mindset for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR)

International Institute for Learning

Another article written more from an Agile Practitioner’s perspective is RGP’s How Business Agility Helps You Thrive in the Age of Disruption. Brown, Director and Agile Coach at the Hartford Insurance. Business agility mindset begins with a mental shift.

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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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10 Reasons Why Agile Transformations Fail – And How To Fix Them

Agilemania

Organizations generally start their transformation by piloting Agile frameworks and methods to provide autonomy to developers and product representatives and empower them to make relevant decisions around implementation. Top 10 Reasons Why Agile Transformations Fail.

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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.

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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!

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How do you implement SAFe agile in your organization?

Agilemania

Scaled Agile Framework has taken the corporate world by storm. 37% of the respondents reported that their organizations used SAFe to scale agile. Source: 15th State of Agile Survey. This is how SAFe came to be known as the dark horse among agile frameworks.

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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.

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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How To Become a Successful SAFe Agile Coach?

Agilemania

What is SAFe agile. Scaled Agile is an agile framework for developing or delivering large products or solutions produced by multiple teams working in parallel at an enterprise level. As businesses grow, more and more teams start adopting agile. If not SAFe agile then what?

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An Agile Scrum Process Diagram for Strategic PM

The Strategic Project Manager

This post outlines the essentials of the agile scrum process. It then looks at implications of the agile scrum process for project management and strategy. A Basic Agile Scrum Process Diagram. Sprints set a cadence for the team. Implementing a good agile scrum process has numerous impacts on the overall management of projects within the organization. Projects may be agile or waterfall, but more often are a hybrid of the two.

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