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. It puts the focus on the software and the related business processes in a powerful way by using different scenarios. To order: People over Process.

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. 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. – and the replenishment process will need to reflect each of those classes of service as well.

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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 stupidityWe 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.

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How to Become a Better Project 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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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. Following the right processes and going above and beyond in collaboration practices will assure that your team is working towards the same goals at the same pace.

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Influencing the eternal optimism of a delivery team

Kiron Bondale

Teams which don’t use feedback loops with their products and their processes should not consider themselves to be very agile. 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.

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.

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


The entire organization had to be in the process, not just a few self-managed teams. It provided us with a unique framework and guidelines for the entire organization, including the chief executives, to be part of the process. So, the perception is made that SAFe is process heavy.

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How do you know if your team is being agile?

Kiron Bondale

Are regular feedback loops well established for both the product itself and delivery process and do these loops result in changes to the “what” and the “how”? Whether these loops follow a fixed cadence (e.g.

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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. 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.

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


In this guide, we’re going to cover the tools, processes, and cultural shifts you need to make to successfully collaborate from wherever you are, Jump to a section: How to reverse Remote Sprawl: 10 reasons teams spread across time zones fall apart (and how to avoid them).

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Connecting Business with IT to Achieve Agility in the Financial Sector


It’s worth listening to Joaquim tell their story: How Santander transitioned from different companies working independently, to an integration of business with IT processes and KPIs under a single operating model. 5 questions and answers from an on-demand webinar with Santander UK.

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Agile Communications Plans

Leading Answers

It is this predictable cadence of show-and-tell sessions that creates the dolphins-versus-submarines comparison.  XP has the practice “informative workspace,” Scrum encourages “transparency,” and Kanban development talks about making “process policies visible.”

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. Process is King.

How We Reduced Cycle Time from 164 Days to 8 Days in 6 Months

We also streamlined our legacy deployment process into CI/CD pipelines which removed a painful friction to frequent deployments. . A bonus on top of that, would be deep knowledge about the business processes relevant to your product. CADENCE & RELIABILITY. BACKGROUND.

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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. 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.

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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. 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.

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Review Formula X

Henny Portman

They helped Ronald to implement Total Efficiency Management with which measurable processes can be accelerated. Rhythmic learning – learn through a cadence of recurring interaction moments.

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Creating a Risk-Adjusted Backlog

Leading Answers

If we were following the PMI risk management process, this would involve the qualitative and quantitative risk management steps. Still, they usually have a good feel for when to avoid threats or exploit opportunities, and I have found them to be receptive when we talk through the process.

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10 Virtual Team Building Activities to Build Stronger Teams


Great remote teams have the same cadences as their real-world counterparts. There are plenty of tools to make this process easier. The process is simple: Play the first few bars of an old song - something really high on the nostalgia quotient (just search for “throwback playlists” on Spotify). While working from home can make some people productive, it can also impact collaboration and the natural cadence of communication.

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The Transformation Journey: Lessons Learned

Planview Blog

At the same time, our traditional planning processes cannot keep up or sustain us anymore: The annual plan is most on-strategy the day you finish it. He not only owns the process for PI planning but also the logistics, tooling, and agenda. His leadership has made our process seamless.

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SAFe 5.0 brief preview

Henny Portman

The three dimensions of Organizational Agility are: Lean-thinking people and agile teams (house of lean, SAfe principles, Agile Manifesto), Lean Business Operations (process time – delay time – process time) and Strategy Agility. 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,

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Enable Lasting Technical Change by Building Empathy & Trust

Leading Agile

This entire process is designed to harness the natural downriver current of the team, and allow the team to make the change, with the support of leadership. The process is straightforward – on a regular cadence execute these themed conversations with the team.

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New PM, New Choices

Leading Answers

Consider the process of designing a new car or home. The process is likely to be iterative and adaptive. Then, once the design is agreed upon, the process of production is typically more defined and repeatable. Unless our car or home is using new technology, materials or assembly techniques, the process of actually turning designs into completed examples should be less uncertain and iterative so more predictive approaches to work management can be used.

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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.

Kanban Boards vs. Scrum Boards: How Are They Different?


Since Kanban and Scrum are both broadly systems for managing your workflow, the difference between their deadlines, prioritization, and cadence are key to comparing the two programs. Kanban allows you to create project deadlines, processes, roles, allowances, and restrictions for your project.

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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.

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Customer Q&A - Office Depot


Ruth – Ensuring that our core process is in place and that it allowed flexibility and fluidity with managing unplanned change through prioritized backlogs, Team collaboration and clear visibility of resource utilization within KeyedIn. This visibility is not just on delivery but process.

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The Value of an Agile Project Management Office


The Project Management Institute (PMI) provides a broad definition of PMO as: A project management office (PMO) is an organizational structure that standardizes the project-related governance processes and facilitates the sharing of resources, methodologies, tools, and techniques. . With a standardized set of processes, practices, and metrics, enabled by a PMO, the executive stakeholder would not have faced the “it does not exist” situation as previously mentioned.

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How To Become a Successful SAFe Agile Coach?


The framework lets the executives get involved in the entire process, which means the system has the support of executives. They are responsible for guiding teams through the implementation process and are tasked with encouraging workers and leadership to embrace the agile method.

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

Leading Agile

IT leaders driving the business are working with (not for) other leaders to continuously deliver value, manage on-demand, architect process change for business growth, becoming strategic advisors, and navigate through technology changes.

How to Build Your Remote Management Workflow


The communication cadence is completely different. The Process for Creating a Remote Management Workflow. Let’s take a closer look at each of these processes below. Keep in mind that a workflow is not a process.

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Kanban to manage Complex/ Quick Moving Situations


In the usual Scrum process, the P.O. 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. Is this you?

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Scrum Vs. Kanban: Uncover the Key Considerations


The vital aspect of the process must be transparent to people who are involved in the outcome. Those involved in the process should also inspect the product backlog, sprint backlog, and the increment to progress towards the product goal. Make process policies explicit.

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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. Scrum Master : The player-coach most akin to a project manager who oversees operations and guards the process. The Scrum Master is the protector of the process and the keeper of the project board. The quick cadence of sprints is balanced by the support of standups and reviews.

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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 ( ). All of this is guided by a Scrum Master who makes sure the team works smoothly within the process and that the team also works together to keep improving the process.

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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.

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Review: Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery

Henny Portman

DAD is characterized by the following aspects: Hybrid: combines Scrum, Agile Modelling, XP, Unified Process, Kanban, Lean, Outside-In Development (OID) and other methods. 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.

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The Complete Glossary of 614 Project Management Terms


Acceptance Test: A process through which a project's end users run through the project to identify any potential issues before it can be formally accepted. Allocation describes the process for assigning resources for different project activities in the most efficient way possible.

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Getting started with a Definition of Done (DoD)

Since Professional Scrum Teams build software that works , stop, create a working increment of software that meets your definition of done (DoD), and then start Sprinting, and review what you mean by “working” continuously, and at least on a regular cadence.

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