Understanding Agile as a Cycle

Posted by Scott Green on May 28, 2020 4:02:07 PM

About a year ago, Marty Cagan, founder of svpg.com, posted an article saying that companies using the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) and other scaling frameworks were just utilizing these frameworks as another attempt to command and control. Although Cagan admitted to not knowing much about SAFe, he claimed that it was just a metaphor for doing it wrong.

At the time, I was upset that a leading thinker in the areas of product development and customer focus had called out SAFe. I have used SAFe successfully at multiple Silicon Valley product companies to improve customer focus and connections to teams. However, I also had a deeper, quiet agreement with what he said. A lot of people were doing SAFe wrong, and Cagan had likely seen or heard of one of these “Cargo Cult” implementations.

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Topics: SAFe®, Agile

OKR Writing 101: How to Write an Effective OKR

Posted by Saajan Panikar on Mar 31, 2020 1:48:19 PM

OKR. OKR. OKR. If you’re like me, you’ve seen this acronym everywhere. OKRs, or Objectives and Key Results, are the latest craze in Enterprise and Strategy management. They sound simple and straightforward enough, but writing an effective OKR can be much more challenging than it seems.

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Topics: Transformation, Agile

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

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

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

The Fake News about Fake Agile

Posted by Mitch Malloy on Aug 27, 2019 1:19:20 PM

All politics about fake news aside (PLEASE!), I’ve heard a growing number of reports, sighs and cries about Fake Agile. It’s frustrating when people just don’t get it, especially when they think they do. We can point fingers and vilify those who think differently—or we can try to understand why this “us vs them” mindset is splintering the Agile community. After all, isn’t that what a true Agilist would do: take an empirical and collaborative approach?

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Topics: Business Agility, Coaching, Leadership, Agile