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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.

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The Virtuous Cycle of Trust and Influence

Leading Agile

In today’s environment, organizations are striving for business Agility, or else they risk being put out of business. In today’s blog, a continuation of the first in this two-part series, we’ll talk about building trust and influence, and initiating the trust-influence loop.

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13 Reasons to Choose Agile Project Management Methods

Liquid Planner Productivity

Are you thinking about introducing agile processes to your project management methodology? You’ve a few case studies, you’ve perhaps even seen agile working effectively at other companies. So why choose agile? Here are 13 reasons to consider shifting to agile methods.

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Scaling Agile Practices – Improve Business Outcomes

Agilemania

Scaled Agile Framework, SAFe® is the world’s leading framework for Business Agility. The seven core competencies each have three dimensions making it a total of twenty-one dimensions to enable Business Agility. Develop on Cadence; Release on Demand. Scrum Master.

2022 83
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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. Scrum. Value-system Influences. Cadences.

2018 83
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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.

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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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.

2022 83
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Minimal measures for minimal stability in a complex world (that will help you optimize your Scrum)

Gunther Verheyen

Scrum, in its more general definition, is a simple framework to help us address complex challenges. Scrum is increasingly being discovered as a simple framework to address complex problems and situations other than software and product development. No sustainable agility is achieved.

2019 54
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Scrum: 20 Sprint Planning Anti-Patterns

Scrum.org

TL; DR: Scrum Master Anti-Patterns. You can sign up here for the ‘Food for Agile Thought’ newsletter and join 35,000-plus subscribers. ?? Join Stefan in one of his upcoming Professional Scrum training classes ! Source : Scrum Guide 2020.

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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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Showing up: Why your Scrum Master mindset is everything

Scrum.org

What is one of the most important aspects of holding the Scrum Master accountability? Read on to see why your mindset and what you bring of yourself to your Scrum practice are critical to success. What “showing up” as a Scrum Master means.

2022 63
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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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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.

2020 68
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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 2013, Mike Cohn coined the term scrum smells to describe the signs that a scrum team is in trouble. In my agile training and consulting practice, I have witnessed similar symptoms when an organization is struggling with its agile adoption. Who is the Scrum Master or Product Owner?

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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 so it's just a great community of people that are really driven to watch you grow in and master your influence to be able to really do the job that we were intended to do. Right agile is is such a big buzzword and It's It's, you know something I looking at you on the screen here.

2020 40
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Building Trust via Trustworthiness

Leading Agile

I walked into the conference room to meet with the VP of enterprise Agile Transformation. It’s been three weeks since I joined a team of highly experienced Agile coaches. The VP stated the Agile teams were in ‘chaos’ since being taught the concept of Lean Agile portfolios.

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

Leading Agile

It takes more than a few Scrum teams to solve the Transformation puzzle. Teams delivering on a predictable cadence earn the trust of the business. Hold Teams, as well as overall organization, accountable for producing a working tested increment of product on a regular cadence.

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SAFe Simply Explained (Part 1): Core Competencies and Principles

Inloox

Agility should no longer be a new term for most project managers. High flexibility, adaptability and increased communication are just a few of the benefits that have led to significant improvements through the introduction of agile work processes in organizations. So agility in itself is nothing new for many companies. In most cases, however, previous experience is based only on the small-scale use of Scrum or other agile methods in individual departments.

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The Three — Wait: Four — Elements of Empiricism

Scrum.org

In its theory section, the Scrum Guide refers to the three elements of empiricism: transparency, inspection, and adaptation. However, a fourth element, foundational to enable empiricism, is hidden in a sentence on Scrum Values. Source : Scrum Guide 2020.

2022 61
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58 Product Owner Theses

Scrum.org

TL;DR: The Scrum Product Owner in 58 Theses. The Product Owner theses also address the Product Owner’s part in Scrum events from Sprint Planning to Sprint Review to Sprint Retrospective, and the Daily Scrum. The Product Owner is also the most vulnerable Scrum role.

2020 67
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Minimal measures for minimal stability in a complex environment

Scrum.org

Scrum, in its more general definition, is a simple framework to help us address complex challenges. Scrum is increasingly being discovered as a simple framework to address complex problems and situations other than software and product development. No sustainable agility is achieved.

2020 66
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Compendium of Works to Increase Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Agile Project Management (#APM). Agile Software Development (#ASD). Integrating Agile and Earned Value Management (#AEVM). Agile and Earned Value Management Bibliography of papers, books, and thesis (#Biblio). Agile Project Management. Managing agile projects have many of the same principles as traditional projects and have principles much different from tradition projects. Agile and all SW development operates in the presence of uncertainty.

2019 37
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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. Scrum Events. Daily Scrums.

2020 62
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20 Sprint Planning Anti-Patterns

Scrum.org

According to the Scrum Guide, the Sprint Planning answers two questions: “What can be delivered in the Increment resulting from the upcoming Sprint?”. Source : Scrum Guide, 2017. Read more on technical debt and Scrum.). Read More : Why Engineers Despise Agile ).

2020 69
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Improve Objectives & Key Results (OKRs) With Key Result Validation

Scrum.org

When used as designed, OKRs can have a massive positive influence on organizations. Once about four or five key results are determined for each objective, it is the job of an OKR Champion (servant leader) to coach and guide the team in executing on a cadence towards the objectives. This role is very similar to that of a Scrum Master. A Scrum Master may decide to take on the role of OKR Champion as part of a servant leadership commitment to the organization and Scrum Team.

2019 46
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Systems Thinking episode #4: DSRP

Scrum.org

Like many Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches and Agile Managers, I am beginning to understand organizations are complex adaptive systems. One of the powerful properties of Scrum is that it makes a very clear distinction in roles, events and artifacts.

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