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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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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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.

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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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Agile, Waterfall and Hybrid: Managing the Multiple-Methodology Portfolio

Keyedin

Today, PMOs working with waterfall (predictive), agile and hybrid project methodologies have a difficult time identifying a single version of the truth, which causes serious obstacles to productivity. Recent research from the Project Management Institute is clear: Almost fifty percent of projects managed in PMOs are agile or hybrid based. Within agile, PPM solutions must provide data in real-time, or PMOs are at risk of losing status visibility.

Agile, Waterfall and Hybrid: Managing the Multiple-Methodology Portfolio

Keyedin

Today, PMOs working with waterfall (predictive), agile and hybrid project methodologies have a difficult time identifying a single version of the truth, which causes serious obstacles to productivity. Recent research from the Project Management Institute is clear: Almost fifty percent of projects managed in PMOs are agile or hybrid based. Within agile, PPM solutions must provide data in real-time, or PMOs are at risk of losing status visibility.

 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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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.

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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).

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.

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.

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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.

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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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.

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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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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.

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.

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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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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.

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. This not only brought a spotlight to the projects creating a buzz, it garnered executive management support along with the company’s prestigious IT Innovation Award. An Agile approach wins every time in these situations due to its inherent flexibility and delivery focus.

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