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How will agile at scale change in an increasingly virtual world? SAFe Fellow Scott Frost and SPCT Shawn Lowe – both business agility consultants at Accenture | SolutionsIQ – discuss the best approaches and mindset for success in a virtual setting.
While the world has been working virtually for some time, 2020 has pushed us into a new frontier that can be uncomfortable for large-scale transformation and training work. While it’s not business as usual, you can still make sustainable change within your organization. As Frost puts it: “When things change radically, we can survive. We are more adaptable than we thought we were.”
Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Alalia Lundy hosts.
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Training is a vital piece of today’s business climate. It’s typically at the forefront of conversations around development or growth, but what is the correlation or connection between training and actual business transformation? The assumption has been that if my employees only had the knowledge, they would produce different outcomes. While training is an undoubtedly valuable piece of creating large, organizational change, the outcomes that our organizations produce are highly intertwined with a number of factors on which training has very little impact.
In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Training Consultant, Nathan Hummel joins Dave to discuss the role training plays in organizational change, how it impacts Agile transformation, and, what else, beyond training, an organization will need to see true lasting change.
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Vic (@AgileCoffee) hopped on Zoom with Paul Tevis (@PTevis) and had a nice chat back in mid-March… a couple weeks after the world turned upside down. We talked about Paul’s workshops on remote facilitation and techniques for making the most with meetings in general.
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Stay safe, and enjoy your coffee with geographically distant friends
Join Coalition members Claudia Orozco-Gomez and Carter Leffen as they sit down to discuss the ICA Agile Coaches Certification Course. Both Carter and Claudia are fresh out of the course, and they shared their learning, insights, and suggestions about who would most benefit by the experience. Enjoy!
Steve was hired to help the teams go “faster”. However, when he started to see the Prodcut Owners throw their teams under the bus at Sprint Demos he understood that something else was going on. It wasn’t only about helping teams be faster anymore. As he started to dig deeper, he found a culture of fear in the organization and many other anti-patterns that he shares with us. A great story, with lots of warnings for us to keep an eye out for.
Featured Book of the Week: The #NoEstimates Book by Vasco Duarte
In The #NoEstimates Book by Vasco Duarte, Steve found a book that helped him understand what empirical process control is about, and put some things in place on how he approaches teams and their process.
About Steve Jaccaud
Steve is an Enterprise Agile Coach, Volunteer, Speaker, and Musician in Boston, Massachusetts. When he’s not leading workshops with creative software organizations, he’s probably working on an album or deep in meditation!
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.
What type of project are you currently working on? Is it an internal project, where your own company pays for everything or is it an external project, where an external customer pays your bills? If you are part of the second group, then your project falls into what we call project business.
And now look at your company and the projects you deliver as a whole. Do you see mostly internal projects or external projects? Well… If your company’s products and services are delivered to your clients through projects, your company is a project business.
That means that the term project business is used to classify both individual projects and organizations as a whole. Both are project business. Confused? We can help.
In our conversation, we define the term project business from that angle, we discuss the central characteristics of a project business, briefly talk about some challenges, and look at why productivity in project business is lagging behind other areas like manufacturing or retail.
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
Daniel Vicanti is the author of Actionable Agile Metrics and When Will It Be Done? Find all the show notes and links at https://www.theagilewire.com
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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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As with most loops, things come back around. In this case, some of the research for an earlier episode led to the book called Loops by J Cornelius which is definitely something Product Owners need to crack open. J joins in this episode to discuss how his book can help POs and teams understand their customers needs better and ways to constantly research, prototype, and test for their ( and your ) benefit. If you want to understand how J measures business success then listen in, better yet go get the book and learn even more.
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Links: PO Coaching and Consulting – seek taiju J Cornelius – JCornelius.com – NineLabs – @JC Loops: Building Product With Clarity & Confidence Loopsbook: LoopsBook-Resources Deliver It Cast Ep 94 – The Loop Marty Cagan – Spotify vs. Fitbit Mob Mentality – Rob Myers on the next “Extreme” Methodology
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
Management 3.0 – Manage the System , not the People
In this podcast Shane Hastie, Lead Editor for Culture & Methods spoke to Dr Michelle O’Sullivan and Douglas Talbot about how managers and team leads can support the mental wellness of their teams through turbulent times
Why listen to this podcast:
• Good work is one of the best things for our mental health. It gives us a sense of purpose and it provides us with a community
• Mental wellness is about how to speak with people, having open conversations, giving people practical support when they need it, and also just creating a safe space and a good culture within your team. Most of it is just about good line management in general.
• Checking in in about how people are sleeping can be a safe conversation and can be good indicator of potential deeper issues
• So if somebody is quite stressed by the pandemic or what’s happening with their loved ones, or someone’s sick, these are very real fears, and we don’t want to pathologize what is a very normal reaction to an abnormal situation
• As a manager it is important for you to model the behaviour you want to see in your team, be vulnerable and open about your own fears and concerns, which gives others permission to be vulnerable too
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Learn more about enterprise strategy formulation as it relates to lean portfolio management and SAFe 5.0, as well as how organizational agility gives companies flexibility to respond to unexpected global events like the coronavirus.
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, Professional Scrum Trainer Eric Landes addresses the questions: “How technical stories should be used in Scrum?”
I have been asked how technical stories should be used in Scrum. Great questions, and of course Scrum has a framework, while not specifically talking to this issue.
When discussing technical stories, I typically am thinking about things like product performance, system availability, and security. I refer to these as non-functional requirements, and the Scrum guide does not specifically speak to NFRs. However, the scrum guide has this to say about the product backlog:
“The Product Backlog is an ordered list of everything that is known to be needed in the product. It is the single source of requirements for any changes to be made to the product. “
So, looking at the scrum guide definition it would seem that we can put NFRs in the product backlog. Of course, the last sentence of this part of the scrum guide:
“The Product Owner is responsible for the Product Backlog, including its content, availability, and ordering.” means that the team needs to work with the Product Owner on NRFs that belong in the product backlog.
Example of a Non-Functional Requirement
Here is an example of an NFR that might be used in the backlog. The team has a screen on an application that shows personal information, including credit scores to a sales administration user of your application. Your security team has deemed that Personal Information like this cannot be displayed due to certain laws within different countries. Your product owner could add a PBI that describes hiding data on the Sales administration screen, which is not adding functionality.
Refine the Definition of Done
I also tell students that NFRs that apply to multiple PBIs might be a candidate for definition of done. For instance, if we have a security requirement that all code must be run through a static code analysis and then dealt with, we might put running a static code analyzer against source code as part of our definition of done.
Update the Acceptance Criteria
Another way to deal with an NFR is to place it in the Acceptance Criteria of a PBI. Let’s say we have a feature that includes posting data to an external data store. The requirement was that after a sales transaction the sales data needs to be pushed in that data store within 10 minutes of the transaction. We could easily put that into your Acceptance Criteria.
The bottom line is that while Technical Stories, or Non-Functional Requirements are not mentioned explicitly in the Scrum Guide, the framework gives teams ways to handle them. And in typical self-organizing fashion, it is up to the team to determine the best way to handle this for their application.
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Continuing our tour of our new book Agile Conversations, we come to our chapter on the foundational method for conversational analysis, the Four Rs. We briefly explain the value of conversational analysis, and share our observation that even highly motivated people who know how much it can help their agile teams find it hard to actually pull out a piece of paper and do an analysis. The reasons for this are very similar to the reasons we need the analysis in the first place—our cognitive biases fool us into thinking we don’t need the help, others do.
– Extract of Agile Conversations: https://itrevolution.com/conversations-humanitys-secret-weapon/
– Thinking, Fast and Slow: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking,_Fast_and_Slow
– Previous episode on the Four Rs: https://soundcloud.com/troubleshootingagile/learning-through-case-studies-the-4-rs
– James Clear, Atomic Habits: https://jamesclear.com/atomic-habits
– London Organisational Learning meetup: https://www.meetup.com/London-Action-Science-Meetup/
– Slack for Conversational Transformation: https://join.slack.com/t/agile-conversations/shared_invite/zt-e7j2fbet-jIjExF5HpWqMWpTJ1RfEfw
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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.
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In this episode, we discuss what does it mean to be “good enough” to ship a product. Also, we talk about how Agile coaches measure their own success in an organization.
- (00:00) Introduction
- (00:52) What does it mean to be “good enough” to ship a product?
- (26:45) How Agile coaches measure their own success in an organization?
- (44:25) Wrap up
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