The Rhythmic Dance of Agile with Cadence

MPUG

Now, you might be thinking what exactly a dance has to do with cadence in Agile? Let’s start first with the definition of cadence. Cadence – Definition and Basics. Simply put, cadence is a rhythm of execution. Working with Single Cadence.

Troubleshooting in Lean-Agile Development

MPUG

Many project managers utilize a Lean-Agile approach when there is high change or churn in project requirements, significant lack of clarity in scope, high complexity to their projects, and/or a larger number of risks associated with such. Two Lean-Agile Types.

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7 Factors for running an effective Kanban Replenishment Meeting

Digite

In 2015, in a blog post called Kanban Cadences , David Anderson laid out a set of 7 Kanban cadences or meetings that provide comprehensive opportunities for feedback, planning, and review in an enterprise. These are based on our own experience using Kanban for our own product development as well as that of many of our customers who have implemented this critical cadence. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Kanban board kanban cadences Lean Replenishment Meeting

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Agile Communications Plans

Leading Answers

Many traditional project management deliverables have agile alternatives. Yet we rarely see agile communications management plans. Given the high rates of change often experienced on agile projects, we might expect more emphasis on communications to keep everyone on the same page.

ESP Compared to Kanban Method

Digite

David Anderson is a thought leader and pioneer in the field of Lean/ Kanban for Software Development and managing effective software teams. 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.

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Is SAFe® (Scaled Agile Framework®) not Agile?

Agilemania

Some Agile experts are not hard-core fans of SAFe. And this makes SAFe more complicated, bureaucratic than the Agile manifesto recommends. They also have this opinion that SAFe is so heavy, maybe it is not Agile at all. For a long period, our idea of Agile was only Scrum.

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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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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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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. However, the Scaled Agile Framework indeed subscribes to the ethos of the Agile manifesto. In the context of SAFe, you have multiple Agile teams working independently but in sync. Image credits: Scaled agile .

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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. Dave is a Principal Consultant at Depth Consulting Ltd, and Program Director of the KCP Program at the Lean Kanban University. Scrum is primarily influenced by the Agile Manifesto which describes the “Agile” value system. Cadences.

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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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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.

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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. Lean/agile framewor

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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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Scrum or Kanban for Application Support teams?

Digite

Frequently, especially in a Scrum environment, it can be difficult to match the cadence of doing both. Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile Kanban Lean Lean Software Development Project Management Scrum Visual Project ManagementRecently, there was an interesting problem posed on a project management discussion board.

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Team using “Waiting for Release” column on their kanban board

Digite

We do product releases every 4-6 weeks, and these get deloyed to our SaaS servers – that cadence is well established. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Lean Software Development Management Release Management ScrumHere’s is another question that I recently answered on a discussion forum –. “My My team is using Kanban board but they seem to prefer to collate a couple of tickets then ‘do a release’ as appose to releasing each ticket.

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Kanban = Continuous Delivery? Not Necessarily

Digite

We do product releases every 4-6 weeks, and these get deployed to our SaaS servers – that cadence is well established. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Lean Software Development Management Release Management ScrumHere’s is a question that I recently answered on a discussion forum –. “My My team is using Kanban board but they seem to prefer to collate a couple of tickets then ‘do a release’ as appose to releasing each ticket.

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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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Kanban to manage Complex/ Quick Moving Situations

Digite

At the same time, we ensure we follow many of the recommended Kanban cadences, including the Daily Standup Meeting, the Weekly Replenishment Meeting (where fine-tuning of the story/ defect prioritization takes place) as well as Release Retrospective and a Quarterly Strategy Review Meeting. The Kanban boards and cadences ensure that everyone is aware and aligned; and if there are conflicts, they are resolved during one of these meetings (other than the Daily Standup). Is this you?

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Half Agile Isn’t Real Transformation

Leading Agile

For example, a Basecamp 2 organization serves a market that can absorb change every few months, with a product line that is relatively predictable and stable, while a Basecamp 5 organization operates much like a lean startup, running experiments in the market and requiring the ability to turn changes around in a matter of days or, in some cases, even minutes. If those worlds are not connected, then there’s a limit to the level of business agility the IT department can support.

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Using Kanban in Marketing

Digite

I was learning several new concepts including Lean, Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Project Program Management, etc. I was already aware of Lean principles and their techniques because I got Lean certified in my previous company. Around the same time, I was fortunate enough get to attend the Lean Kanban India 2016 conference (LKIN) and listening to David J Anderson and other thought-leaders. Our Cadences.

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Difference Between Agile Project Management and Scrum

Brad Egeland

There has been a rise in the transition of project management, product management and software development teams from traditional Waterfall methodologies to Agile ones. Those who don’t know much about agile, are also unaware of its popular frameworks like Kanban that is used to implement agile software development. Scrum is also the framework of agile for completing complex projects. The scrum master is a facilitator of an agile team. What is Agile?

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Kanban and Scrum Together – Not So Fast

Digite

–and– along with an absence of time-boxes or any other time-bound constraint (the Kanban cadences are not constraints). Regarding cadences not being constraints, I would posit that a Replenishment meeting with a cadence of 2 weeks is exactly the same kind of a time-bound constraint as a Sprint Planning meeting that happens every 2 weeks. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Scrum WIP WIP limit

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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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Don’t Say NoGet Them to Understand Your Team Delivery Capacity

Leading Agile

Let’s say that on average stakeholders request a couple of large items, a couple of medium-sized ones, and five small ones in any given cadence, iteration, release, or whatever unit of time your organization uses for such matters. Let’s say you’re using a two-week cadence, as that’s pretty typical and is what most agile coaches recommend as a starting point. In a typical cadence, stakeholders ask you to complete 12.5

The Tangible Value of The “Intangibles”

Digite

Lean thinking recommends that systems should not be packed to 100% team utilization. Most managements struggle to accept this core Lean principle. 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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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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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. One party might like the project to be executed using agile principles or methodology while the other party has still not warmed up to the idea of agile. It is not enough to Visualize. You need to be willing to See!

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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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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. Go Lean! –

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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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Creating a Risk-Adjusted Backlog

Leading Answers

Agile projects typically prioritize the backlog based on business value or perceived needs. Prioritizing based on business value is an example of the lean concept of 'Taking an Economic View of Decision Making.'

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Getting to 85 - Agile Metrics with ActionableAgile

Scrum.org

The topic of Agile Metrics inevitably comes up in many situations and conversations. Those numbers that matter, the Agile Metrics. Starting Our Agile Metrics Engines. The heart of this plot are the percentiles that are calculated automatically - these are the core of Agile Metrics. We all know how team velocity was used and abused despite many warnings from Agile practitioners. Scrum Sprint cadence provides a good enough solution for eradicating Mura waste.

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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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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.

New PM, New Choices

Leading Answers

It would be easy (and wrong) to classify all construction projects as candidates for traditional approaches, and all IT projects as needing an agile approach. Approaches like lean, kanban and agile work well in these uncertain, high-change environments. It was new, uncertain and benefitted from an agile approach. We worked on a monthly delivery cadence maintaining a backlog of issues and features to tackle next.

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Getting to 85 - Agile Metrics with ActionableAgile Part 1

Scrum.org

The topic of Agile Metrics inevitably comes up in many situations and conversations. Those numbers that matter, the Agile Metrics. Starting Our Agile Metrics Engines. The heart of this plot are the percentiles that are calculated automatically - these are the core of Agile Metrics. We all know how team velocity was used and abused despite many warnings from Agile practitioners. Scrum Sprint cadence provides a good enough solution for eradicating Mura waste.

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The Transformation Journey: Lessons Learned

Planview Blog

It can be challenging to expand Agile practices beyond IT and development teams. Planview is committed to helping our customers with this transition and to that end, Chief Product Officer Patrick Tickle and I recently presented a webinar on “ Leading an Agile Transformation.”.

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Scrum Vs. Kanban: Uncover the Key Considerations

Agilemania

Scrum vs. Kanban is one of the most trending comparisons in the world of agile methodology! We often use these terms while talking about the agile way of solving problems. Though Scrum is one of the most popular methods in agile, organizations are recently choosing Kanban.

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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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