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. Agile agile project management improving project management Process compliance stupidity

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7 Factors for running an effective Kanban Replenishment Meeting


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.

The Potential of Agile

Tyner Blain

If you decide in advance which problems are important to solve, then you will get roughly the same amount of value out of your solution regardless of what process you use. The agile process gives you frequent opportunities to validate the hypotheses on which your product strategy is built.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Agile Project Management


Here are three basic methods you can use to build an agile project strategy: Assemble an agile team by giving team members more autonomy and building collaborative processes into the workflow. The Scrum Master is the protector of the process and the keeper of the project board.

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Maintain a sense of change urgency through agility

Kiron Bondale

But the steps in Kotter’s model, like PMBOK processes, are not to be followed in a purely sequential manner. . The specific cadence varies based on the complexity and duration of a transformation.

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How to Become a Better Communicator

Project Risk Coach

Imagine a business analyst who is mapping a business process. Notice the cadence, pauses, and the repetitions in the speech.

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How effective is your benefits management framework?

Kiron Bondale

While project intake processes usually require some articulation of expected benefits, few companies effectively monitor and control the realization of those benefits over the life of a project and beyond.

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Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

Taking agile, a process otherwise optimized for small, cross-functional, collaborative teams and making it work at scale is fascinating. You realize (by gaining new information, outside of the development process) that your team is going to fail, so you need to change.

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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. The Capabilities are laid out Cadence Releases in the chart below.

15 of the Best Productivity Tools for Marketers That You Haven’t Heard Of

The cadence of the posts are set by MissingLettr, but you can change them at any time. Another productivity tool that will streamline your processes and make you more efficient at work is

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Difference Between Agile Project Management and Scrum

Brad Egeland

As the corporate world is rapidly changing in the form of support issues, customer demands, project requirements, many companies are not able to work on traditional business processes as they are not fast enough to deal with the ever-changing requirements. He/She manages the whole process for how information is exchanged. It focuses on the people, not processes or artifacts and can be used with teams of six to eight developers.


The Difference Between The Kanban Method and Scrum


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. Incremental delivery of software also mitigates risk and maximizes the opportunity to learn from a business, process, and technical perspective. Cadences. Scrum prescribes a cadence and that all activities happen within that timebox. This also includes cadences. Introduction.

Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

Estimating Processes in Support of Economic Analysis. 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.

Why Write Requirements

Tyner Blain

Improve the efficiency of your product-creation process. Throw-it-over-the-wall processes are flawed not only because they inhibit change, but because they impede feedback loops. There is a lot of advice out there for how to write requirements.

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Agile Through a Matrix Lens

Tyner Blain

Instead of having a long, throw it over the wall process, out of which emerges a deliverable; a team will have a series of shorter iterations where they engage stakeholders and otherwise rethink what they are doing to course-correct and “get smarter” about what they are doing.

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Shift from Annual to Continuous Planning to Enable Agility [Webinar]


To adopt continuous planning, you must have a robust portfolio management process—you want to ensure you’re staying focused on the right things. You can instead start with your demand management processes. Understand your organization’s process.

GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide Applied to Agile

Herding Cats

Either a Cadence Release Plan or a Capabilities Release Plan. Risk Management has 6 processes, see SEI Continuous Risk Management. Maintain the Baseline with Repeatable Processes. The GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide has 12 steps.

An Incremental Paradigm

Herding Cats

We live in a golf course community , where our waste water is processed locally inside our area. The grass is green, the solid waste is hauled away for further processing, and we receive the benefit of lower costs.

Handling Unplanned Work

Leading Agile

Process: Uncertainty about what to do when unexpected work arises. Band-aids: Working around the effects of the problem instead of improving the process. Process. They aren’t clear about the process.

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Kanban and Scrum Together – Not So Fast


That pressure is what drives organizations and teams to adopt a ‘process’ that they think will help. We would call those processes Scrum and Kanban and that is probably the first point of failure. It is unfortunate that these processes are seen as incompatible and I applaud your decision to try and change that thinking. It isn’t the practices that are incompatible, but the religions that sprout up around the organizations that evangelize the processes.


Kanban to manage Complex/ Quick Moving Situations


In the usual Scrum process, the P.O. 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?

Is SAFe Agile?


Ken Schwaber has mentioned that SAFe does not adhere to the Agile Manifesto values (specially the first tenet – Individual and Interactions over Processes and Tool) as it is highly process-centric ( ).

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Beginner’s Guide to Kanban for Agile Marketing


But, for teams that chafe under the strictures of the Scrum process, Kanban can be a freeing alternative. Throughout the assembly line, “workers at each step in the process are not allowed to do work unless they are signaled with a kanban from a downstream step.”.

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Scrum or Kanban for Application Support teams?


Frequently, especially in a Scrum environment, it can be difficult to match the cadence of doing both. It is not a replacement for Scrum, rather it is a way to improve almost any process you may be using. Look at your dev processes and automation options to reduce overall defect levels.


A Review Of Scrum For Kanban Teams


Inspired by Steve Porter’s efforts to bring process practitioners closer together and educate Scrum practitioners, I’m writing a shadow series of posts that will follow the Kanban and Scrum – Stronger Together series and continue my own efforts to clear up misconceptions between practitioners of these methods. Kanban teams are fully capable of doing everything that Scrum teams do, described as some sort of feedback meetings that happen on a cadence.


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. We had a great team and a streamlined project management process using Asana.

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What’s Worse Than Not Automating Your Software Delivery Pipeline?

Leading Agile

The company wanted to automate their dispatching process. Instead of automating their current process, they advised the company to set up a paper-based procedure that would be easy to change or discard, and work out any kinks that way. Even better: It was the right process.

Risk Management in Five Easy Pieces, with Apologies to Jack

Herding Cats

These risks can be mitigated with a good risk management process. For risks that are beyond the vision of the project team a properly implemented risk management process can also rapidly quantify the risks impact and provide sound plans for mitigating its effect.

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The Right Tools for Remote Workers


Part of welcoming a new remote worker also includes setting up the tools and processes that will allow them to become a successful and productive member of the team. Establish a cadence for communication as well as a solid feedback loop between manager and employee.

Deliver Fast or Deliver as Planned (Update)

Herding Cats

The Plan for the delivery of value is shown in the Product Roadmap and implemented in the Cadence Release Plan, or sometimes in the Capabilities Release plan. The need is defined in the Capabilities Based Planning process. . A popular mantra in Agile is deliver fast, deliver often.

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. Regular delivery of incremental business value - defined in a Product Roadmap, scheduled in a Cadence or Capability release plan. While the principles of developing software for money are likely to be the same, the processes and practices can be dramatically different.

Using Kanban in Marketing


Our Cadences. It allows us to discuss among team members regularly and modify our processes to become more efficient. Last September, as a new member of the Digité Marketing team, I was trying hard to understand Digité products and space which we are in.

Kanban = Continuous Delivery? Not Necessarily


In this context, Kanban actually facilitates a “2-phase Commit” process about which more at the end of this post.). Based on these, there certainly are guidelines for you to follow about how to model your Kanban board so it matches your current business processes and helps you improve.

Unravelling PI Planning


The quote reads “There is no magic in SAFe except maybe for PI Planning” In this blog, I aim to take a closer look at the PI Planning ceremony and in the process maybe gain more clarity on why it is held in such high regard. Img Src:

Common Ground for a Conversation about Estimating

Herding Cats

Can these two Features 2015007 and 2015008 going to make into the next Cadence release, scheduled for the end of November?". So if we want to actually find the root cause of the dysfunction, it's going to have to follow a process. . Neil Killick posted a good question, what's the common ground for talking about estimates. In this post I'd suggest predictability is very difficult to achieve in the presence of uncertainty. And all projects operate in the presence of uncertainty.

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


In this context, Kanban actually facilitates a “2-phase Commit” process about which more at the end of this post.). Based on these, there certainly are guidelines for you to follow about how to model your Kanban board so it matches your current business processes and helps you improve. We do product releases every 4-6 weeks, and these get deloyed to our SaaS servers – that cadence is well established.

How to Make Your Project Schedule Work for You


And, by incorporating schedule metrics and weekly reviews into the project cadence, the team and your stakeholders will have a better understanding of the changes in the project schedule. Are you curious about your PM process could be better? This 9-question multiple-choice quiz will diagnose the health of your project management tool and/or process. . At a recent conference, I was asked, “Why do project managers hate schedules?”.

Is Macroeconomics and Social Science the Same as Software Development?

Herding Cats

This is the basis of the Agile Product Roadmap and Product Release Plan (either cadence or capability based). But margin, management reserve, analysis of alternative is standard project management process of dealing with the indeterminate elements of projects. Domain and Context Are King, Then Comes Process and Experience. There a popular notions in the agile development world that authors like Hayek and Taleb speak to how software development works.

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Use This Free Project Status Report Template for Fast and Easy Project Reporting

Project Bliss

Simplifies the reporting process for the project manager. Be consistent – use a consistent format and cadence for your status reporting. Photo by Green Chameleon on Unsplash.