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In this special episode, we offer a broad overview of portfolio management that uses lean and agile thinking and approaches. Our guides are Evan Campbell and Kat Conner, who together have 50 years of experience in portfolio, budgeting and funding.
“Agile portfolio management is matching limited supply to unlimited demand to maximize business outcomes,” say Campbell and Conner.
You’ll hear five parts:
- Introduction to agile portfolio management
- The supply side
- The demand side
- Matching and governance
- Funding and budgeting
This is a deep dive into the topic and it’s the full-length story behind our Agile Portfolio Management video series. Watch and share these 5-minute educational videos with your customers and colleagues and watch the recorded webinar to hear real-world examples from clients and coaches in the trenches at solutionsiq.com/apm.
Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Alalia Lundy hosts.
The Agile Amped podcast is the shared voice of the Agile community, driven by compelling stories, passionate people, and innovative ideas. Together, we are advancing the impact of business agility.
Podcast library: www.agileamped.com
This week is all about Earned Value and Justin Polk is back, spending time with Dave discussing how Earned Value tools can be applied in an Agile Transformation. They explore what types of work you might want to consider using it for, how it can help, and what types of people might find the path to Agile just a little more possible when you show them how Earned Value metrics can be applied on an Agile Team.
If you are new to Earned Value, here are a few links to help you get started:
- Agile and Earned Value Management: A Program Manager’s Desk Guide
- Agile and Earned Value (APM)
- Measuring Integrated Progress on Agile Software Development Projects
- Beyond backlogs and burndowns–complementing “agile” methods with EVM for improved project performance
Contacting Justin Polk
- LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/justin-polk/
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/justin-polk/
- Email: [email protected]
Contacting Dave Prior
If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at:
- LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo
- Email: [email protected]
If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to [email protected]
And if you’re interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
Vic (@AgileCoffee) was joined by Martin Salias (@MartinSalias), Savannah Rayat (@SavannahRayat), Timon Fiddike (@TimonFiddike), and Raj Kasturi (@RajKasturi / @agileRaj) to discuss topics related to becoming a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST).
Sites and resources mentioned in this episode:
- Björn Jensen’s Trainer – Kata
- CST® Journey – Facebook group for aspiring CSTs
- Retromat.org – a wonderful tool for your Retrospectives; co-created by Timon
- Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST®) Certification Overview – posted on the Scrum Alliance’s website (6/2020)
Looking for Scrum/Kanban training in Southern California or Nashville, TN? Rocket Nine has got you covered. Visit RocketNineSolutions.com today.
Why are people the way they are? How much of our behavior is nature? Or is it nurture? And why do we act certain ways in groups? Join Coalition members Frans Alkemade and Joel Stone as they discuss how the concepts portrayed in the book bump up against their experiences in agile transformations, software development, and leading change overall. Enjoy!
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A team Oskar worked with, was complaining about the meetings and wanted to stop some of those. Over time, the team members started not showing up, or showing up and not participating actively in the meeting. As the team was delivering, no one else saw this was a problem, but Oskar knew that this was not a team, it was just a group of individuals. In this episode, we talk about how to motivate a team and the importance of having a Vision that brings the team members together.
In this segment, we refer to the FREE Create A Compelling Product Vision e-course.
Featured Book of the Week: Accelerate by Nicole Forsgren
In Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations by Nicole Forsgren, Oskar found a book that helped him explain the Agile mindset to technical people. He also understood the role of DevOps in an Agile organization. The biggest takeaway? Listen in to learn what was Oskar’s biggest takeaway.
In this segment, we also talk about the #NoEstimates book, and how that influenced Oskar’s career.
About Oskar Collin
Oskar is a former software developer who became a passionate agile coach and Scrum master. He did so mainly because he was better at helping teams working together than building software. He loves experiments and questioning the status quo. He is passionate about helping teams build digital products and deliver value continuously.
Last year I spoke with Jurgen Appelo at LitheSpeeds annual Lean + Agile DC conference. He delivered a great Keynote on his book Startup, Scaleup, Screwup.
Just a quick announcement to inform everyone that The PM Podcast will be going on a break until about August 15, 2020
Cornelius’s brother passed away earlyer this month and he’s taking time off to deal with the situation.
Items necessary for "Minimum Viable Airlines" and your "Minimum Viable Project". These are the items that we agreed we would need before embarking on a project together. Do you have all of these before you begin a project?
- Destination – Project Vision
- Altitude – Depth of backlog
- Location – Progress (working software)
- Airspeed – Speed of delivery and speed constraints
- Fuel – Stories
- Captain or pilot – A leader
- Black box – Project data or metrics
- Landing gear – A clear and well worn path to prod
- Good flight procedures – Working agreements
- FAA flight time restrictions for pilots – Sustainable pace
- Logbook – Source control
- Emergency slide – Good enough or a safe way to end a project on short notice
- Podcasting Innovation – it’s amazing how much has changed in the last 7+ years, thanks to all the people & companies that have created
- Goats to Go – www.goatsonthego.com – you can poop out the back of the airplane
- The Red Rubber Ball at Work – by Kevin Carroll – a fun book on practical strategies and why you should inject more fun into the workplace – http://kevincarrollkatalyst.com/books
- TV shows you can watch that Jason likes:
- Why Planes Crash
- Airline Repo
- Uncle Bob, professionalism in software development and the future of programming, https://youtu.be/LmRl0D-RkPU
- Vacation from your vacation
- China Airlines Flight 006, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Airlines_Flight_006
- Nuclear and radiation accidents and incidents, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_and_radiation_accidents_and_incidents
Gary Hamel is an author of numerous books, including just released Humanocracy, as well as visiting professor at London Business School. Check out the full show notes at TheAgileWire.com
Create an agile framework for your org—learn from David Bishop, technologist, consultant, entrepreneur, and author of a book on a novel concept called “Metagility”.
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There will be moments in your career when a scary, new challenge presents itself. Difficulty is introduced simply because it is new, but the moment’s rarity heightens the challenge. Our next series of episodes (you have part 1 right now!) walks you through a few of these moments.
We have our list in hand, but we’d love to hear from you if there are any topics in this genre that we can discuss for you. Let us know how we can help!
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The Liberators (Barry Overeem and Christiaan Verwijs) joined Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller for an episode of Craft Brewed Agile on YouTube. We discussed building a consulting business, focusing on the things that bring you joy, and how authenticity can make all the difference in your agile pursuits.
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A lot of PO’s, teams, and organizations struggle with the principles of the agile manifesto. One in particular causes so many issues, that of simplicity. Adding instead of removing, more instead of less, trivial many over the essential few. In our products, systems, and structures you’ve seen the added parts that build more and more complexity and complications. Why do we collectively do that? What can you do to help simplify some of those items or start with a simple item to begin with. In this episode, there are some suggestions for how to engage your focus, some steps to work toward simplicity, and tips to keep it there. Feedback: twitter – @deliveritcast email – [email protected] Links: PO Coaching and Consulting – seek taiju Des Traynor – Product Strategy: Revisited Chris Davies – Simplicity — the least understood Agile Principle Ron Jeffries – YAGNI, yes. Skimping, no. Technical Debt? Not even. Cognitive edge – Cynefin framework introduction Christopher Laine – Advice to Product Owners from a Developer Gee Paw Hill – Re-Balancing Made, Making, and Makers
Special guest Jessica Kerr asks: What if we could understand the words?
- Jessica on Twitter
- The Origins of Opera and the Future of Programming
- Florentine Camerata
- Sanctus – Benedictus – Osanna II
Missa Tu es Petrus
- Pur ti miro, pur ti godo
L’incoronazione di Poppea
More Agile in 3 Minutes
The momentum for rich and impactful D&I conversation is gathering speed.
But most efforts seem to concentrate around gender & race.
The D&I conversation needs to expand to include different styles of thinking & perceiving. You need to ensure that you are leveraging abilities of those employees who can naturally help you thrive in the VUCA.
In this podcast Shane Hastie, Lead Editor for Culture & Methods, spoke to Justin Dauer about his new book Creative Culture – Human centred interaction, design and inspiration.
Listen to the podcast for more.
Curated transcript and more information on the podcast: https://bit.ly/2Pva0Bo
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In this ongoing series, customers and partners share their stories from the field about working with SAFe ceremonies and implementations. This episode features Mark Byers and Dan Montgomery from Octo Consulting—a Scaled Agile partner—who share their experiences working with federal government agencies and contractors in a fully virtual environment.
Jira Align Technical Account Manager Matt Magee provides insights on how traditional PPM style time tracking can still be critical in an agile world. Learn more at agilecraft.com/time.
In this episode, Dan Neumann is joined by not one — but two! — AgileThought Colleagues; Quincy Jordan and Christy Erbeck!
In their conversation today, Dan, Quincy, and Christy discuss the key qualities to look for when bringing a new Scrum Master into your organization. They discuss the important characteristics you should be on the lookout for, the key skillsets, important soft skills, and some of the qualifiers (and disqualifiers!). They also share what to pay attention to when hiring, red flags to watch out for, and insightful questions you can ask during the interview process to make sure they’re a good fit.
What to consider when beginning to look for a Scrum Master:
Qualifiers and disqualifiers
Humbleness — they focus on the betterment of the team rather than shining the limelight on themselves
They are a servant leader
A capacity to focus on the strengths of others
A good balance of leadership and humility
Open to feedback
They have a growth mindset
They are a learner; not a knower
They come from a place of curiosity vs. judgment
What to pay attention to when hiring:
They understand the five Scrum values
Mastery of the Scrum guide
They are staying up-to-date on the Scrum framework
They purposefully model the behaviors and values of Scrum
Listen to how they use their words; i.e. are they phrasing from a competitive standpoint or a collaborative standpoint? Are they phrasing from a comparative standpoint or an inclusion standpoint?
They should have stories and anecdotes of how they have applied the Scrum guide in real life
They should take on the role of a Maestro rather than a ‘Master’
In the interview process, identify how they apply values, think through problems, and how they recover and ‘rise strong’ from a failure
If they don’t have any certifications, inquire why that is and how they have self-taught
If they do have certifications, ask when they received them and what they have done with them since
Ask how they are participating in the agile community in their area
Humility to the point where they are not actually leading anything
Having too much knowledge and have a hard time pulling their weight from their own experience/knowledge and not allow the team to determine the ‘how’ for themselves
They are not open to self-evaluation or evaluation from others
They have a fixed mindset
They are a knower; not a learner
Do not assume that you can take all of your project managers and turn them into Scrum Masters
“We need a very technical person to be a Scrum Master” — untrue; in many cases, a less technical person makes a better Scrum Master
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Squirrel describes a client of his that is “thrashing”—trying to do so many different things that they aren’t getting anything finished. We reflect on why this happens, including the idea that being busy feels good while increasing focus can mean disrupting comfortable routines. We suggest asking “why can’t we finish this today?” as a forcing mechanism for discovering bottlenecks and alternative approaches.
– Theory of Constraints: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_constraints
– Domenica DeGrandis, Making Work Visible: https://itrevolution.com/book/making-work-visible/
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“Starting work doesn’t generate value, starting work only costs money. Finishing work generates value.” – Klaus Leopold
First, there was personal productivity.
Then, everyone started talking about Agile teams.
Today, it’s time to take it even higher.
In this episode of the Lamp, we are talking about business alignment with Klaus Leopold. Klaus is an experienced computer scientist and a well-known Kanban pioneer – he was one of the first Lean Kanban trainers and coaches worldwide.
He is the author of books Practical Kanban, Kanban in IT and co-author of Kanban Change Leadership. Today on the podcast, Klaus is sharing with us his passion for establishing lean business agility that goes beyond teams.
Business alignment and coordination might be one of the biggest challenges any leader faces. In this episode, you’ll learn how to enable your teams and your whole organization to do the right work at the right time using the concept of Flight Levels.
Team performance vs Business Agility
We often think we need to have agile teams in our business so they would deliver projects faster. But that’s the wrong lever.
What should we optimize in business to speed up the overall delivery time?
How to take the right decisions on the right levels.
Individual performance vs Team performance vs Company performance
Understanding the difference between team Kanban and Portfolio Kanban
When you fly high, you don’t see much detail. When you fly low, you can’t see the bigger picture
How to ensure the right team is working on the right stuff at the right time
How to optimize cross-team collaboration for value delivery
The impact of levers you can use is greater at higher levels of your organization. But if the lever doesn’t solve your problem, it doesn’t matter how strong it is.
Business agility is not about the power of the lever. It’s not about the performance of individuals, not about team performance, not even about product performance. It’s all about company performance.
First, company, then products, then teams, then individuals. But it’s the company that has to improve.
Contact with our guest:
In this episode, we talk about how we deal with unconscious biases as a coach, and how do we detect and dampen them. Also, we talk about how to shift the team to an outcome mindset.
- (00:00) Introduction
- (00:46) Dealing with unconscious biases
- (31:54) Shifting to an outcome mindset
- (46:59) Wrap up
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