Henny Portman

Review People Over Process

Henny Portman

Furthermore, neither agile or scrum contemplates how the agile team should be connected to a larger organization and to external partners who will likely have differing development processes and cadences. Michael K.

The Agile Fluency model

Henny Portman

Delivering teams deliver on the market cadence (agile sustainability). 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). Diana Larsen defines fluency as things that you do automatically without thinking.

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Review Formula X

Henny Portman

Rhythmic learning – learn through a cadence of recurring interaction moments. There are now teams that are able to install kitchens very quickly in a fixed cadence, with a lot of satisfied customers and a happy large shareholder as a result. Jurriaan Kamer and Rini van Solingen are the authors of Formula X – How to reach extreme acceleration in your organization?

SAFe 5.0 brief preview

Henny Portman

Here we see Develop on Cadence, Release on Demand, DevOps and the Continuous Delivery Pipeline. In the beginning of 2020, a new version of SAFe will be available. It’s, as usual, fully backward compatible with SAfe 4.6, allowing a smooth migration. 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. See the new SAFe big picture.

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Review: Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery

Henny Portman

At a certain moment, after several releases, the release cadence was tightened, and their lifecycle evolved towards the lean lifecycle and the team stopped with sizing their work. Scott W. 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).

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Capabilities Release or Cadence Release

Herding Cats

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. . For the Cadence Release, we need an estimate (with accuracy and precision) of the probability of showing up with needed Features on the needed Date. Business runs on deadlines and milestones for a simple reason - Time is Money.

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

2017 121

ESP Compared to Kanban Method

Digite

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. This diagram shows the anticipated adoption sequence of Kanban Cadence meetings during an ESP initiative. Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile Enterprise Kanban enterprise se Kanban Kanban board kanban cadences Lean

2017 80

A Deeper Look: Top Changes in the New 2020 Scrum Guide for Agile Practitioners

MPUG

Introduction of Cadence. For the first time, we are introduced of a concept called “Cadence.” Cadence is used in other Agile frameworks such as Kanban , and is basically a rhythm that gets developed as one continuously follows a set of events over a period of time.

2020 89

How to Become a Better Project Communicator

Project Risk Coach

Notice the cadence, pauses, and the repetitions in the speech. Project managers spend a large part of each day communicating—facilitating meetings, emailing stakeholders, responding to texts, writing reports, and having one-on-one conversations.

2020 227

Release by sprint or capability?

Musings on Project Management

One of the Agile paradigm shifts from the "way we've always done it" is to shift release planning to either fixed calendar points -- at the end of one or more sprints, but typically three or more -- or when capability needed by the business is "done" In an interesting posting, here, the first idea is given the moniker "cadence release"; the latter "capabilities release".

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Creating a Common Collective for Distributed Teams

The Lazy Project Manager

Setting up a consistent cadence for feedback can reassure both the employee and team manager that the best work is being produced.

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Influencing the eternal optimism of a delivery team

Kiron Bondale

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. 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.

Dealing With “Remote Sprawl”: How to Manage Teams, People, and Projects Across Time Zones

Planio

Timing and team cadence: Decouple team cadences whenever possible. Timing and team cadence: Decouple team cadences whenever possible. Agile teams rely on a clear sprint cadence to keep projects moving, remove bottlenecks, and ship great software.

2021 78

How effective are your agile ceremonies?

Kiron Bondale

The Scrum Guide calls sprints the heart of Scrum as these time boxes set the cadence for all other events. We hope that by conducting effective ceremonies we will achieve the agile trinity of improved value delivery, better quality and more fun. But these objectives might be reached via multiple paths so we might not be able to prove causality between our ceremonies and those objectives.

2018 179

The Difference Between The Kanban Method and Scrum

Digite

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. Scrum prescribes a cadence and that all activities happen within that timebox. If you didn’t guess, this cadence is called the sprint duration. In the Kanban Method, cadences are just as important as they are in Scrum. This also includes cadences. Introduction.

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Do not compromise on knowledge when filling the Product Owner role

Kiron Bondale

At the start of the project, if the product owner and team members know that key product content decisions will have to be made by senior management, then they might plan accordingly by having regularly scheduled reviews with senior leaders to build a cadence for decision making. The product owner role is extremely challenging for most organizations to fill. It is also the role which has the greatest impact on achieving expected delivery outcomes.

2020 159

How do you know if your team is being agile?

Kiron Bondale

Whether these loops follow a fixed cadence (e.g. It is easy to say that demonstrating behaviors consistent with the values and principles of the Manifesto is proof of agility but this test leaves significant wiggle room for interpretation and for exception cases which fall through the cracks of the four values and twelve principles.

2019 133

Maintain a sense of change urgency through agility

Kiron Bondale

The specific cadence varies based on the complexity and duration of a transformation. According to John Kotter’s model for leading change, the first step to overcoming inertia requires us to instill a sense of true urgency in those we need to support, implement and sustain the change.

2018 146

Agile Communications Plans

Leading Answers

It is this predictable cadence of show-and-tell sessions that creates the dolphins-versus-submarines comparison.  Dolphins are easier to track than submarines. They surface more often and are usually within view of where you last saw them.

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

Connecting Business with IT to Achieve Agility in the Financial Sector

Planview

Joaquim’s response: The starting point was providing a governance framework that aligns the work of different roles to company objectives, KPIs, and cadence, with a good balance of rigor and flexibility. 5 questions and answers from an on-demand webinar with Santander UK.

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How to Use Paraverbal Communication for More Powerful Engagement

Project Bliss

Speed or cadence. Cadence is how fast or slow you talk. You’re hopefully choosing your words carefully and crafting the message you want others to take away. But words alone aren’t enough. Your paraverbal communication plays a big role in how your audience sees you. It’s important to consider this facet of your communication when speaking to your audience, no matter the size.

2018 168

How should I handle an agile-waterfall hybrid project?

Kiron Bondale

Things to consider when faced with such a hybrid project are: Orchestrating delivery cadence from each work stream to ensure that consuming work streams are not incurring prolonged delays in receiving components from providing ones.

2017 131

Releases and Deadlines in Agile

Herding Cats

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. Success of the Cadence approach relies on: Schedule margin is needed to protect the deliverables.

How do your pods divide and conquer?

Kiron Bondale

But when planning a product release which cannot be delivered by a single pod within a reasonable amount of time, we need to structure the work across multiple pods of five to a dozen team members working in parallel but also orchestrating release cadence and work item priority based on the dependencies between work streams. A good practice with agile delivery is to keep team sizes small to reduce the number of communication channels.

2016 131

How effective is your benefits management framework?

Kiron Bondale

The specific frequency of these re-forecasts is context-specific, but a minimum cadence should be established at the portfolio level to support normal portfolio monitoring and reporting practices. Benefits management, like project risk management, is practiced poorly by most organizations.

2017 139

Have we learned anything?

Kiron Bondale

Frequent identification – either on a fixed cadence such as in a sprint ending retrospective or just-in-time based on a team’s recognition that there is something of value to be captured and shared. In a recent role, I had the opportunity to review the lessons submitted by teams running large, complex projects and programs and found that over 90% of what was being captured and shared was of low or no value.

2018 146

Creating a Risk-Adjusted Backlog

Leading Answers

Fortunately, the cadence of iterations and events such as retrospectives and sprint planning provides all the occasions we need to keep the process going. This article explains what a risk-adjusted backlog is, why they are useful, how to create one and how teams work with them.

2021 78

How to Become a Better Communicator

Project Risk Coach

Notice the cadence, pauses, and the repetitions in the speech. Project managers spend a large part of each day communicating—facilitating meetings, emailing stakeholders, responding to texts, writing reports, and having one-on-one conversations. We are so busy, we rarely take the time to think about the effectiveness of our communication. How can we become a better communicator? Here are five practical ways. Pick one or two and work on improving your communication this week.

2017 190

System of Transformation Defined

Leading Agile

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. Agile was designed to work in a particular organizational context. It was designed for a certain kind of team structure. It was designed for a certain kind of governance. It was designed for a certain kind of organizational ecosystem.

Agile Release Train (ART)

Digite

Program Increments (PIs) provide a development timebox (default 10 weeks) that uses cadence and synchronization to facilitate planning, limiting WIP, provide for aggregation of value and assure consistent retrospectives. The Agile Release Train provides alignment and helps manage risk by providing program level cadence and synchronization. The concept of Agile Release Train is central to understanding the constructs of SAFe and to implement them. So, what is an ART?

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Do you deliver dazzling demos?

Kiron Bondale

DO send meeting invitations well in advance and if you are following a standard sprint or iteration cadence (e.g. Demos, or showcases as they are sometimes called, are a critical ceremony when they are run effectively as they address multiple project delivery objectives in a single event including: Validating that what the team has completed to date is valuable from the perspective of their customer and other key stakeholders.

2017 131

I get the business rationale for agile, but what’s in it for ME?

Kiron Bondale

There’s no reason a savvy project manager couldn’t attempt to create such opportunities on a traditional project, but it might be challenging to match the natural feel and cadence of showcases and similar ceremonies. When we read about the rationale for an agile approach to project delivery, the focus is often on the benefits realized by the company or by their customers.

2016 167

10 Virtual Team Building Activities to Build Stronger Teams

Workamajig

Great remote teams have the same cadences as their real-world counterparts. While working from home can make some people productive, it can also impact collaboration and the natural cadence of communication. Virtual team building activities can help you build more collaborative teams. Try these 10 remote team building activities as a start. Remote work is the future of work. You might have arrived at this conclusion by your own volition.

2020 121

Big Rocks moved in 2020

Gunther Verheyen

I organize my work on a weekly cadence. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” generally attributed to George Bernard Shaw). I call myself an independent Scrum Caretaker. It reflects who I am, how I feel, what I do: caring for Scrum AND caring for people.

2020 61

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

Leading Agile

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. Here are some fun facts: The first company founded to provide software products and services was Computer Usage Company in 1955.

Half Agile Isn’t Real Transformation

Leading Agile

Front-end applications based on technologies that easily lend themselves to agile practices (mobile, web, application server, lightweight databases, API client code, UIs and similar technologies hosting applications developed in languages like C#, Java, Python, Ruby, and PHP) can be modified and deployed smoothly with high frequency, while the back-end resources on which they depend are still delivered on the “old” cadence. A Metaphorical Journey.

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Live from Product404, in Atlanta: Agile RoadMapping

Leading Agile

Scott “went Agile” in 2001 and has since carved a niche helping companies with long-term planning horizons to connect their strategy to iterative and incremental development cadences. ? ?. This talk covers techniques and approaches to developing and communicating roadmaps to your organization. Balancing Agility and predictability in a roadmap is a challenge, and stakeholders require transparency in order to effectively drive organizations forward.

Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

Herding Cats: Capabilities Release or Cadence Release. Better have a plan to reduce technical and programmatic uncertainty (both of which have aleatory and epistemic behaviours respectively) at a planned rate, for a planned cost, on a planned time. Or plan on being late, over budget, and reduced probability of technical success, before you start. All Value is Cost and Time dependent.