4 Agile Manifesto Values Explained

Posted by Regina Frost on Feb 28, 2020 10:36:04 AM

The Agile Manifesto came about as a response to the software industry's need for disruption. Since its inception in 2001, it has helped in the production of higher quality software through more efficient workflow, which in turn has boosted customer satisfaction. The themes behind the Manifesto push for adaptability among organizations in a growingly complex and volatile climate. The four foundational values help not only in the delivery of functional and high-quality software, but also toward achieving an organization’s business goals.

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Topics: Agile

Beyond Automation: How to Succeed with DevOps

Posted by Cathy McGraw on Feb 18, 2020 10:03:04 AM

We’ve heard the message of DevOps: Automate Everything.

Automate code testing. Automate workflows. Automate infrastructure. Create the no-touch deploy. Empower the application developer to deploy directly into production. Sounds simple enough, right?

As your organization begins its DevOps transformation, you may become preoccupied with automation, forgetting that there are other DevOps concepts to address in your environment. The Scaled Agile Framework® references CALMR (Culture, Automation, Lean Flow, Metrics, Risk & Recovery) to highlight the importance of more than automation in DevOps. In this article, we’ll address the other concepts to keep in mind while on the DevOps journey.

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Topics: SAFe®, Transformation, DevOps

SAFe® 5.0 in a Nutshell for Executives

Posted by Mitch Malloy on Jan 14, 2020 9:10:53 AM

Every business is a software business.

While that statement may sound extreme, it emphasizes a current reality: digital disruption is changing the landscape of business. As Mik Kersten points out in his book Project to Product: “the tech giants that have mastered software at scale are expanding into traditional business…are mastering traditional businesses more quickly than the world’s established companies are mastering software delivery.

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Topics: Business Agility, SAFe®, Leadership

Agile—What's in It for the Teams?

Posted by Jim Camden on Dec 10, 2019 9:19:02 AM

As a coach who helps implement Agile and the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe), I’ve encountered many organizations where the product development teams (software and otherwise) are not immediately sold on Agile change. Agile tends to appeal more to the business side, less so to the ones doing the work. Why is this?

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Topics: Leadership, Agile

3 Agile Strategies to Deal with Difficult Management

Posted by Rodger Koopman on Dec 5, 2019 9:58:41 AM

As a member of an Agile Team, have you ever had one of the following complaints about management?

  • Their deadlines are too tight.
  • Their expectations are unfair because they don’t follow Agile processes.
  • They don’t take time to learn more about the work that’s being done.

It’s true, management can be a pain sometimes...so what have you done about it?

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Topics: Leadership, Agile

2019 SAFe® Summit Lightning Talk: Coming Down from the Ivory Tower- Agile Architecture with SAFe

Posted by Charlene M. Cuenca on Nov 20, 2019 2:55:48 PM

As the Lead Transformation Coach at Aegon Asset Management, Charlene Cuenca presented her story of how AAM began implementing SAFe Agile Architecture out of the gate, the challenges and pitfalls overcome along the way, and the resulting successful Global Architecture Team that exists today.

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Topics: SAFe®

5 Things to Know before Your First PI Planning

Posted by Cathy McGraw on Nov 19, 2019 11:32:16 AM

Your first Program Increment (PI) Planning event is on the calendar, and you feel ready to kick-off your first Agile Release Train. It’s time to align the teams on their work for the next three months. No pressure here—PI Planning is only the most pivotal, face-to-face event in the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe).

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Topics: SAFe®, Coaching, Leadership, PI Planning

2019 SAFe® Summit Presentation: Hardware Agility with SAFe's Core Values

Posted by Duane Bushman on Nov 18, 2019 1:20:58 PM

It is often stated that while agility works for software, it is not as easily applied to hardware. In this presentation, you will learn how SAFe’s Core Values and Principles apply to Agile Hardware Development. Duane discusses real world considerations when executing within a Portfolio configuration, including:

  1. How is Hardware different?
  2. Horizon Planning and Hardware Phases
  3. Roles and the ART
  4. Team Composition
  5. PI Planning and “incremental delivery”
  6. What about testing and system integration?
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Topics: SAFe®

2019 SAFe® Summit Presentation: Pragmatic Lean Portfolio Management

Posted by Charlene M. Cuenca on Nov 6, 2019 2:14:51 PM

More often than not, the shift to Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) is not an overnight one. After all, it takes time to pivot from traditional Project Management (PPM) to a lean-agile LPM capability, especially since we want to get the SAFe Essentials established first. But the benefits are clearbetter exposing strategy and demand and having a big picture view of capacity and impact on delivery provides better alignment and transparency, which in turn informs better decision making and trade-off discussions at all levels. But where do we begin?

In this presentation, you will learn the context of LPM and view field-tested, practical approaches to get started.

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Topics: SAFe®

Celebrations with Kanban- Applying Agile Practices to Party Planning

Posted by Wendy Smith on Nov 5, 2019 9:21:13 AM

With the holidays around the corner, you might be on the verge of hosting an upcoming celebration. Oh, the stress! You know what it’s like pulling together a party that everyone can enjoy. As the host, you tend to get wiped out before the party even gets going!

What if I told you that there was a better way to plan and execute your parties, based on personal experience? If I were you, I'd consider using Kanban for one of your upcoming celebrations.  Not only does it help with organization, but it also provides more opportunities for fun—for both you and your guests.

Intrigued? Below, I will share with you my story behind "Celebrations with Kanban," as well as some tricks and tips for your next party, so you can enjoy it as much as your guests.

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Topics: Agile