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How to enhance SAFe with Lean-Agile

June 15, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
If you are using SAFe, or considering it, or even just using its planning event, you should definitely read this except from our SAFe page.
It covers each of these topics and provides links for more. 
  1. Managing for flow of value 
  2. See potential adverse affects of a new feature.
  3. Allocate capacity to your most important work. Focus on completing releasable work, not features.
  4. Planning events. 

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Why We Bundle Our Online Courses Into Our Team Workshops

June 14, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
For the last 2 decades I've been trying to help companies be more effective when software's involved. Knowing how to write small stories based on testable specifications, being able to write quality code, having good Scrum Masters & management who understands Agile are required. Missing any of these pieces causes most teams to bog down.
 
A few months ago we figured out how to integrate Scrum & ATDD in a more cost effective way than just Scrum Master training. The key is to have much of the course be hands on with people's own stories.
 

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Why we call it Minimum Business Increment

June 12, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
An MBI is the smallest chunk of work that realizes value for its intended target- customers, an internal provider of services, or the company's people creating new services. The key word is realize as the focus of business agility is to realize value quickly, predictably, sustainably and with high quality. 
 
Agile methods too often focus on software's release. Release is just a step towards realization of value. The difference is that most often there are things beyond technology's release of software that are needed to realize value.
 

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Another vicious cycle

June 11, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
A company decides to adopt Scrum
 
They get multiple proposals
 
Their people are told to choose between CSM training or a course that includes core ATDD concepts
 
They ask the team which one they want
 
Resumes look better with CSM on them (not to mention many devs think ATDD will add work to them, even though it doesn't) so they vote for CSM training 
 

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Train on the Right Concepts in The Right Way

June 10, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Everyone agrees that to understand a new concept you must use it on your own problem. Somehow this has been overlooked in both Scrum and SAFe for the Team training. Not having hands on their own problems requires teams to either figure this out on their own or bringing in additional training &/or coaches. The focus on the framework also ignores that people can only absorb so much at any one time, so going into depth on the framework does little good. Only a core is needed with the rest being best deferred until after people have tried the basic concepts.
 

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Al Shalloway
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