January 2019 Webinar Series

Scrum vs Kanban

Thursday 1/17
12:00pm- 1:00pm PST

Recording Coming Soon
1. Why Agile Coaches Need to Know Both Scrum and Kanban. 
There is a lot of discussion of which is better. But Scrum and Kanban both bring something different to the table. Each, however, has a different learning approach to manifesting improvements. It's therefore worth knowing how both of them are partial manifestations of Lean. Understanding this enables the coach to best fit the culture of her team as well as taking what works best for her team from Scrum and Kanban. This webinar will also discuss the diagram below to help guide how to pick a starting point for your teams.

This webinar is based on a chapter in Al Shalloway's new book (in progress) Lean-Agile at the Team: A Lean Approach to Scrum and Kanban.

All subsequent webinars are based on chapters in Al Shalloway's new book (in progress) Simplifying SAFe® With FLEX: An Enhanced Approach to Achieving Business Agility
Tuesday 1/29
12:00pm-1:00pm PST

Recording Coming Soon
2. Why We Need More than MVPs. 
Executive Overview
A critical aspect of our focus on achieving business agility includes identifying what is of value to build and then going about manifesting it in an efficient manner. MVPs have become a hot topic in the Lean Startup community. They have a different purpose than most of the work done by established companies. Even mid-size companies must attend to enhancing existing products that have an established marketplace. As companies get older, they even spend a significant amount of time rewriting software. Overall, there tend to be five different types of work to be done:
  1. creating new products in new markets for early adopters
  2. enhancing existing products either to improve functionality or expand markets
  3. creating new products for existing customers whose needs are reasonably known
  4. replacing existing software
  5. maintenance issues (e.g., bug fixes)

Each of these types of works is done in a different manner. Therefore it is important to make a distinction as to what type of work is being done. I’ll define two different types of artifacts to be built – the Minimum Business Increment (MBI) when an enhancement to a new product or a new product to an existing customer market is being developed. After that we’ll describe another concept, the Minimum Valuable Replacement (MVR) that can be used in a couple of different ways.

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Other webinars in the series:
3 How to Sequence Your work
4 How to achieve collaboration and alignment
5 Strategic Planning and Lean Portfolio Management
6 Enhancing While Simplifying SAFe with Lean Product Management
7 The role of the business architect
8 Improving Your Company’s culture
9 Why Essential SAFe Is Both More and Less Than You Need at Mid-Scale