Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

Taking agile, a process otherwise optimized for small, cross-functional, collaborative teams and making it work at scale is fascinating. ” I’ve spent the last half-year in the beginning of my journey understanding how agile product management at scale can work.

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The Potential of Agile

Tyner Blain

When an executive, too far removed from what makes creating products hard thinks of “agile” as a silver bullet it becomes difficult to manage expectations. It is precisely that potential which inspires not-yet-informed executives to learn about how agile could help them.

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Agile Through a Matrix Lens

Tyner Blain

Agile” is something most teams do wrong*, without realizing they’re doing it wrong. Let’s apply this lens to agile as applied within a company, and see if it helps people decide to do things differently. When You Say Agile, What Do You Mean?

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How should I handle an agile-waterfall hybrid project?

Kiron Bondale

For example, technology deliverables might be completed in an agile manner whereas change management deliverables such as training collateral get produced in a traditional manner. This can be a challenge when an agile work stream has dependencies on a waterfall work stream.

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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 Capabilities are laid out Cadence Releases in the chart below.

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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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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.

When the Agile rubber hits the enterprise road

quantmleap

H aving been ‘doing’ both Waterfall and Agile for quite some time now I feel fairly qualified to point out the idiosyncrasies in both approaches. So, while I have had my fair share of frustrations with pure command-and-control organizations, my beef today is with Agile advocates that are exhibiting less than agile attitude when attempting to bring Agile into large command-and-control environments.

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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. An Agile Release Train typically consist of 50-125 people. agile Agile ALM ALM

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.

9 Best Practices for Your Daily Scrum Meeting

Project Bliss

I proposed the Daily Scrum Meeting, along with two other activities , as an Agile practice you can adopt if you want to gain some of the benefits of Agile – even if your team hasn’t adopted full Agile. Agile takes discipline.

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Essential SAFe 4.0 – How is it Different from SAFe 4.0?

Digite

was launched by Scaled Agile Inc. in 2016 as a method to help organizations scale up their existing agile practices. But isn’t that also the reason behind organizations adopting Scaled Agile framework in its glorious entirety? What was the need for Scaled Agile Inc.

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An Incremental Paradigm

Herding Cats

We were speaking a Homeland Security yesterday on Agile development in the Federal Government and there was a senior director who brought up a paradigm that resonated with me. Agile and Incremental and Iterative Development and Deployment.

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. Image credits: Scaled agile .

To See or Not to See?

Digite

As you may all be familiar by now, the few Kanban principles that are most commonly applied to software are Visualization, Map the Value Stream, Limiting WIP, Removing Impediments to flow and Regular Cadence & Measurements for continuous improvements. It is not enough to Visualize.

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Deliver Fast or Deliver as Planned (Update)

Herding Cats

A popular mantra in Agile is deliver fast, deliver often. Where we work and where agile is becoming the norm, we have another view. The notion of agile is the basis of all military process, not just 5 coders in the room with their customer. Agile Capabilities Planning

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

Using Kanban in Marketing

Digite

I was learning several new concepts including Lean, Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Project Program Management, etc. Our Cadences. Kanban Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile continuous improvement Kanban in Marketing Lean marketing management

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The Tangible Value of The “Intangibles”

Digite

This approach can be easily extended to strive for uniform cadence across the value stream. Kanban Lean/ Kanban agile class of service CoS LeanOne of the important aspects of The Kanban Method is Class of Service (CoS). CoS is a risk categorization mechanism for any work item.

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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

Unravelling PI Planning

Digite

There is a quote introducing PI Planning content on the Scaled Agile Framework website. A Program Increment is a fixed timebox of 8 to 12 weeks (default being 10 weeks as recommended by Scaled Agile Inc.). SAFe Uncategorized agile PI Planning Program Increment Release Train Engineer

Common Ground for a Conversation about Estimating

Herding Cats

Can these two Features 2015007 and 2015008 going to make into the next Cadence release, scheduled for the end of November?". Here's a paradigm to agile project management , where we can separate the domains and ask when is it appropriate to estimate and when is it not needed. Neil Killick posted a good question, what's the common ground for talking about estimates. In this post I'd suggest predictability is very difficult to achieve in the presence of uncertainty.

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. Tagged: agile project management , project decision making , Valuable projects. Agile Project Management agile project management project decision making Valuable projects

Same Same but Different †

Herding Cats

Much of the conversation in social media around agile techniques seems to be based on the differences between the variety of choices of a method, a process, or a practice and definitions of terms for those choices. Both agile advocates and engineered systems advocates practice innovation and creativity. Why are the core principles of managerial finance and the microeconomics of decision making in the presence of uncertainty rejected by the agile development community? .

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Is Macroeconomics and Social Science the Same as Software Development?

Herding Cats

There a popular notions in the agile development world that authors like Hayek and Taleb speak to how software development works. You Can’t Understand Agile Without Understanding Hayek. This is the basis of the Agile Product Roadmap and Product Release Plan (either cadence or capability based). This is also the core principle of Agile - evolutionary emergence of the needed requirements to fulfill the needed Capabilities. .

How Charles Byrd Gets It Done: Project Management & Networking Tips

Project Management Hacks

Out of college with a BBA in information technology I started on a help desk providing 2nd and 3rd level support for Cadence, a Silicon Valley software company. An Agile approach wins every time in these situations due to its inherent flexibility and delivery focus.