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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.

2022 83
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How Agile Testing Can Improve Business Outcomes

Leading Agile

The goal of adopting Agile is always about achieving the desired business outcome unique to the organization that is pursuing it. Innovation. Product fit and innovation can only be addressed if you keep up with your market needs and anticipate what’s next.

2022 105
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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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A Different Agile Methods List for Strategic PM’s

The Strategic Project Manager

Agile is a broad term, and there are many ways to look at it. From a strategic project management perspective, this post examines some key agile methods and there impact of strategy and project management. An Agile Methods List Overview. Are there more agile methods?

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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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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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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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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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The 10 steps to an Agile transformation (with free checklist)

Planio

For most development teams and startups, ‘becoming Agile’ starts and ends with how you build software. But a full Agile transformation isn’t just about the development process you use — it’s a way to bring creativity, innovation, and lean operations to every aspect of your business.

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The Agile Fluency Model with Diana Larsen

Scrum.org

TL; DR: Diana Larsen on the Agile Fluency Model. On October 12, 2022, agile innovator Diana Larsen delved into the Agile Fluency® Model. Watch the video now : Engage the Agile Fluency® Model with Diana Larsen — Hands-on Agile #46. ??

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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.

2021 83
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Agile Still Works

Scrum.org

So online tooling doesn’t guarantee productivity, let alone innovation or creativity. Management Innovation. Agile has been around for a while now, but many firms still see agility as a software development solution. Agile frameworks help us do that.

2020 57
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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.

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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.

2021 94
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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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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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Professional Development Day 2022 – IGNITE!

International Institute for Learning

Facilitating Innovation in a Post COVID-19 World . Has COVID-19 made you see the need to adopt a more agile way of thinking? Find out how to be a catalyst for change (facilitating innovation) and NOT an antagonist (frustrating innovation).

2022 83
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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.

2018 60
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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. Cadences. This also includes cadences.

2018 83
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Comprehensive Guide to Becoming A SAFe Agilist

Agilemania

Added to this is the complex problem of managing multiple agile teams. The question still stands as to how to make an organization agile so that different functions within the organization can work together and not in silos? Planning and execution through Agile Release Trains.

2021 83
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SAFe 5.0 brief preview

Henny Portman

There are now seven core competencies that enable business agility. Some are reframed and restructured and two new competencies to expand SAFe to encompass the entire enterprise and enable business agility. The two new competencies are: Continuous Learning Culture (CLC) and Organizational Agility (OA). The old competence DevOps and Release on Demand is now called Agile Product Delivery. These teams adopt the Lean and Agile values, principles and practices.

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The Roles and Responsibilities of a SAFe Agilist You Never Knew

Agilemania

It was circa 2011 when Dean Leffingwell decided to conceptualize the Scaled Agile Framework. SAFe is a knowledge base of proven, integrated principles, practices, and competencies for achieving business agility using Lean, Agile, Systems Thinking, and DevOps.

2021 83
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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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System of Delivery: An Intro to Our Governance Model

Leading Agile

We talk about the goals of going agile. Just briefly, walking through this is you know: predictability, quality, early ROI, lower cost, innovation and product fit. Also, by having the work visible like this, and having our cadence of meetings and clarity of rules, we know what it means to be done with portfolio prioritization before we start writing code. There are many types of testing — the testing quadrants have been used broadly in the agile community.

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How to Pass Implementing SAFe SPC Training Exam in your First Attempt

Agilemania

If you aspire to become an Agile Coach and then need to lead the SAFe implementation in your organization, becoming a SAFe Program Consultant is the right choice. Thriving in the digital age with business agility (7%). Business Agility. Becoming a Lean-Agile leader (15%).

2022 83
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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.). The 10 weeks’ time-box encapsulates 5 Agile Sprints or Iterations with each spanning 2 weeks. The PI Planning is meant for the entire team allocated to the Agile Release Train and everyone is expected to attend it. Img Src: Youtube.com/VanceLowe.

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

Gunther Verheyen

No sustainable agility is achieved. Open offices kill innovation and creativity, even more when combined with clean wall policies. Agile ScrumScrum, in its more general definition, is a simple framework to help us address complex challenges.

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How to build psychological safety on remote teams

Planio

It allows great teams to collaborate, push each other, and create innovative products. This is also closely related to the Agile idea of being a servant leader. Flat hierarchy: Agile promotes self-organizing teams. Feedback drives innovation.

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Using OKRs with Scrum and Evidence Based Management

Scrum.org

Build internal capability to innovate or improve time to deliver value. Embedding OKRs into Scrum's Inspect/Adapt Cadence. Remote or otherwise, goal clarity is key to business agility. Zen Ex Machina is an enterprise agile consultancy specialising in agile transformation.

2021 70
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The Three — Wait: Four — Elements of Empiricism

Scrum.org

You can sign up here for the ‘Food for Agile Thought’ newsletter and join 35,000-plus subscribers. ?? September 27, 2022 : Join 200-plus peers at the 45th Hands-on Agile Meetup: FAST: An Innovative Way to Scale with James Shore. TL; DR: Elements of Empiricism.

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Comparing Nexus and SAFe - Similarities, Differences, potential synergies

Scrum.org

The Nexus group of teams is very similar to the Agile Release Train (ART) construct. Lean/Agile Leadership. The Nexus Sprint Review and the System Demo are similar events happening on a similar cadence - every several weeks (Sprint/Iteration).

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Are you having Fun?

Scrum.org

This directly relates to the Agile values : “Individuals and Interactions Over Process and Tools”. They have these conversations at the appropriate cadence, for appropriate duration's in order to elevate the transparency in their work.

2020 49
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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. In this domain innovative is also the basis of success. The notion that innovation and engineering - software engineering - are somehow in conflict is common. . Both agile advocates and engineered systems advocates practice innovation and creativity.

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Improving SAFe Through Professional Scrum

Scrum.org

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe™) is one of the most popular approaches to applying agile at scale out there. SAFe's perspective is that "Nothing beats an Agile Team" and it doesn't try to reinvent the wheel or even innovate too much when it comes to the Team level. In SAFe's Program Level, a key piece is the Agile Release Train which is considered a team of Agile teams. SAFe's Scrum Master is more of an Agile Team Lead.

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Minimal measures for minimal stability in a complex environment

Scrum.org

No sustainable agility is achieved. Open offices kill innovation and creativity, even more when combined with clean wall policies. Scrum, in its more general definition, is a simple framework to help us address complex challenges.

2020 66
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Improving SAFe thru Professional Scrum

Scrum.org

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe™) is one of the most popular approaches to applying agile at scale out there. SAFe's perspective is that "Nothing beats an Agile Team" and it doesn't try to reinvent the wheel or even innovate too much when it comes to the Team level. In SAFe's Program Level, a key piece is the Agile Release Train which is considered a team of Agile teams. SAFe's Scrum Master is more of an Agile Team Lead.

2018 38
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58 Product Owner Theses

Scrum.org

A Product Owner is an innovator at heart and thus a value creator for customers and organizations if given a chance to work in an agile manner. Roadmap planning is—like Product Backlog refinement—a continuous effort, just at an extended cadence.

2020 67
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Product Discovery Anti-Patterns Leading to Failure

Scrum.org

You can sign up here for the ‘Food for Agile Thought’ newsletter and join 30,000-plus other subscribers. The wave of agile transition projects, particularly in large, established organizations over recent years, has provided those frameworks with a tremendous tailwind.

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Managing Remote Teams: How the World’s Top Startups Keep Remote Teams Connected and Creative

Planio

As Zapier ’s data team manager, Muness Castle , explains, people new to remote work can have problems adapting to the lack of a regular cadence, structure, and the connection with fellow teammates: "I've worked ~15 years on co-located teams and the last ~5 on remote teams.

2020 85
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What Are OKRs? How to Use OKRs for Planning (and Achieving) Your Goals

Planio

Is the OKR adaptable and agile? Remember to make sure your Key Results are adaptable and agile enough that they can be completed in many ways. They’re agile: By working in short cycles and with clear goals, OKRs let you measure the work you’re doing, see how it’s stacking up against company-wide goals, and adjust your approach on a regular basis. Because of the Agile nature of OKRs, it’s important to set and stick to regular check-ins.

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