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Discovering Problems Is Not Enough, You Must Know What to Do

May 24, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
The above is a paraphrase of Edwards Deming-often called “The American Who Taught Quality to the Japanese” Deming had a great impact on Honda & Toyota – the companies Takeuchi & Nonaka were studying when they wrote “The New New Product Development Game” which inspired Scrum.
 

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We've just blown the doors off on team-level Agile training

May 23, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Adopting Scrum or team-level SAFe is not merely a framework adoption. It requires improved programming skills, experienced Scrum Mastering, understanding by directors of what Agile is, a suport system and Agile product Management. Because of this we've decided to bundle, at no extra charge, our online training in these topics with any Scrum, SAFe or ATDD course we do.
 
We are doing this because we want to provide an alternative to the limited Agile training most people are getting due to the high cost of certification.

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The Fifth Level of SAFe

May 23, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I was surprised to hear some SPCs don’t consider “enterprise” to be a level. Looking at the big picture maybe it isn’t. This is a clue to overcome a challenge many folks adopting SAFe are having-portfolio management.

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Taking things into my own hands

May 22, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
I've been writing about two separate but related themes - that certification has a high cost &that you need to be trained in Agile as much as the framework in your initial training. Both Scrum and SAFe for Teams leave much to be figured out and require a significant investment in onsite coaches. What's needed is a better initial training &an online support system for your team and Scrum Masters. 
 

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Simplifying SAFe

May 22, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
SAFe has gone from 3 to 5 levels in recent releases as well as increasing its number of roles, artifacts and activities. When something new is discovered to be useful, SAFe obligingly adds another component to the framework.
 
The different SAFe models (program, portfolio, ...) are designed to help simplify SAFe. 
 

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