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Agile Governance Demystified

Leading Agile

What is Agile governance? Simply put, Agile governance is a way to maximize the flow of value within an organization in the fastest way possible. The Foundation of Agile Governance. Managing Flow in an Agile Governance Model.

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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. .

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System of Delivery: An Intro to Our Governance Model

Leading Agile

Our governance model and team design may look a little complicated at first glance. In this presentation, our Chief Methodologist, Dennis Stevens will remove the noise and walk you through our governance model and team design to help you better understand the LeadingAgile system of delivery. When you first look at our governance model or some of our team designs, it might look complicated, it might look really busy. We talk about the goals of going agile.

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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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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. Teams become structure, backlogs become governance, and working tested product becomes metrics. .

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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.

2017 85
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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. The Project Management Institute (PMI) provides a broad definition of PMO as: A project management office (PMO) is an organizational structure that standardizes the project-related governance processes and facilitates the sharing of resources, methodologies, tools, and techniques. . With this background, let’s proceed towards the concept of Agile PMO.

2021 76
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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.

2019 93
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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
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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.

2020 105
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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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10 Reasons Why Agile Transformations Fail – And How To Fix Them

Agilemania

In a world governed by “ disrupt or be disrupted ,” organizations need to re-invent themselves and become high-performing and adaptable to thrive. Organizations must apply Agile values and principles in a large, distributed, or high-compliance environment.

2022 83
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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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 Executive’s Guide To Large-Scale Agile Transformation & Sustaining An Adaptive Enterprise w/ Mike Cottmeyer

Leading Agile

Mike Cottmeyer explores the key attributes in each of the three systems necessary for making a success out of the otherwise complex tax of large scale Agile Transformation. And what we are is we’re a consultancy that’s focused on doing Agile Transformation specifically.

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Why Agile Transformation Fails | AgileIndy 2021

Leading Agile

This is Mike Cottmeyer's talk from AgileIndy 2021 on The Executive's Guide to Why Agile Transformation Fails. Announcer] This is Mike Cottmeyer’s talk from AgileIndy, 2021 on “Why Agile Transformation Fails.” It was always large scale agile stuff.

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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 93
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Agile Still Works

Scrum.org

Agile has been around for a while now, but many firms still see agility as a software development solution. It’s no secret that agile software teams see all sorts of performance gains. . Agile frameworks help us do that. Agile frameworks don’t fix your problems.

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Why Your Annual Operating Plan Is A Lie and What To Do About It

Leading Agile

ESSENTIALS FOR AGILITY: TEAMS, BACKLOGS, AND WORKING TESTED PRODUCT. At LeadingAgile, we have distilled the concepts of agility down to the very essentials: Teams, Backlogs, and Working Tested Product. We define the Governance rules that control how value flows through that Structure.

2022 105
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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. .

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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. Remember to subscribe and listen to Agile Unplugged on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Podbean—and watch each and every episode on YouTube , IGTV , and Facebook.

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Transformation, Business Architecture, and Scaling

Leading Agile

Mike Cottmeyer was recently a guest on the Agile to Agility podcast with Miljan Bajic where he discussed Transformation, Business Architecture, and Scaling. Agile to Agility Website. What do you do with planning cadences? How did you get into this agile space?

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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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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.

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Compendium of Works to Increase Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Agile Project Management (#APM). Governance (#Governance). Agile Software Development (#ASD). Integrating Agile and Earned Value Management (#AEVM). Agile and Earned Value Management Bibliography of papers, books, and thesis (#Biblio). Six Business System Rule - defines the assessment of the integrated business systems for Federal procurement and their integrity in providing information to the Government contracting office. . Agile Universe , 2002.

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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.

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The Inevitable Collapse of Agile - David Stackleather

PM That Works

We also want to announce if you haven't had a chance to come join us at the pm tribe calm please do as for my project managers that are listening out there my agile lists that are listening out there. And you know, when I asked for a topic for the show, you know, the inevitable collapse of agile and so boy already I can feel the Agile is just, you know, just breathing heavy. Why do you see it as an inevitable collapse of Agile?

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Encapsulation of Value

Leading Agile

Agile transformations are hard. People are starting to draw the conclusion that “Agile doesn’t work.” The problem stems from the fact that it is much easier to pilot an Agile transformation with the first slice of the organization than the second slice: .

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Enable Lasting Technical Change by Building Empathy & Trust

Leading Agile

For this email, it is assumed that the organization’s technical strategy has been defined and a governance model has been implemented. If neither is true, this email will still be valuable, it will just illustrate that strategy and governance are missing.

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Do We Treat Our Internal and External Customers the Same?

Leading Agile

In-and-of-itself that is not necessarily a bad thing, but when those customers do not exert that authority with care, thoughtfulness, and intentionality, they can subvert the efforts of the teams when it comes to delivering quality product on a predictable cadence in a way that maximizes value.

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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. Like the agile incremental house cartoon, or the bicycle morphing into a car, NO discussion of the incremental or iterative development of software can take place without a Product Roadmap and Release plan.

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From Order Taker to Opportunity Maker…IT’s Digital Transition for Driving the Business

Leading Agile

Professions such as Medicine, Law, Beauty, Teaching, Transportation, Security, Accounting, Engineering, and Project Management all have one thing in common; certifications and internal governance. Teams delivering on a predictable cadence earn the trust of the business.

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System of Transformation Defined

Leading Agile

Agile was designed to work in a particular organizational context. It was designed for a certain kind of governance. When you learn how to do SAFe and you learn all the stuff about SAFe, all the different roles and cadences and things like that, you are learning a System of Delivery. It was designed for a certain kind of team structure. It was designed for a certain kind of organizational ecosystem.

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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. to introduce a derivative of their existing and successful Scaled Agile Framework? Image Credits: Scaled Agile. Scaled Agile Inc. Lean-Agile Mindset. Release Train and Cadence.

2017 75
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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.

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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. .

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How To Implement Lean Portfolio Management?

Agilemania

Agile development and product development are aligned with business strategy through LPM, driving value to customers with products and solutions. Business agility can be improved by combining LPM and agile development practices. What is LPM?

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What is Lean Portfolio Management? Primary Focus | Objectives

Agilemania

Portfolio management teams apply these principles and approaches to strategy and investment funding, Agile portfolio operations, and governance. Incorporating agile and lean portfolio management offer a path to improving business agility.

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The Roles and Responsibilities of a SAFe Agilist You Never Knew

Agilemania

Be it monitoring and control, collaboration, stakeholders onboarding, change management, and governance methods, the problems only keep increasing. It was circa 2011 when Dean Leffingwell decided to conceptualize the Scaled Agile Framework. You need business agility.

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What’s Worse Than Not Automating Your Software Delivery Pipeline?

Leading Agile

The same rule of thumb applies to other governance reviews, as well. James Grenning , a well-known leader in the embedded software field and the author of Test-Driven Development for Embedded C is also among the authors of the Agile Manifesto and an early adopter of Extreme Programming (XP). ” They asked me how they could streamline the workflow and move to a more “agile” delivery cadence. Sounds good.

2018 68
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11 Proven Stakeholder Communication Tactics

Scrum.org

Stakeholder communication: It is simply not enough for an agile product development organization to create great code and ship the resulting product like a clockwork. Join the free virtual BarCamp of the 27th Hands-on Agile Meetup on October 1, 2020. Why Engineers Despise Agile.

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