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Nov

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InfoQ Interview with Context Matters Partner

While Em was at Agile 2015, she had the opportunity to catch up with fellow Aussie Craig Smith from InfoQ. They discussed  how Em came to lead Australia’s first Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) implementation and both her Agile 2015 sessions – The Magic Carpet Ride: A Business Perspective on DevOps and Thawing the Frozen Middle.   You can watch, […]

26
Aug

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Facilitating SAFe Team Self-Assessments

As part of an Agile Release Train’s commitment to relentless improvement it is necessary for all the teams on the train to reflect and assess the effectiveness of their Scrum and XP practices on a regular cadence. For most once a PI seems to be a logical frequency. The Scaled Agile Framework provides a self-assessment tool […]

14
Jul

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Spotifying SAFe with Guilds, Chapters and Squads

Last month’s Agile Australia conference played host to both +Dean Leffingwell, the creator of the Scaled Agile Framework and +Anders Ivarsson, Spotify Agile Coach and co-author of the Scaling Agile @ Spotify paper. Those who were able to drag themselves (and their hangovers) out of bed early enough on day 2 of the conference were […]

27
May

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How to be Agile With a Fixed Scope Business Case

One of the challenges I find organisations face when starting out with agile is navigating their existing in flight projects and programs with traditional fixed time, cost and scope business cases. In my latest 2-part blog series I explore how the lean principle of small batches and a focus on business value can help find […]

03
Apr

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Taking the Status out of Standups

Today was a busy coaching day on a large release train with lots of good coaching conversations.  When I got to the “warm and fuzzy moments” part of my coaching journal at the end of the day, memories of the scrum of scrums in the morning put a such a huge smile on my face […]

11
Mar

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Leaning into SAFe with Feature Flow

Last year I wrote about the communication cadence and in particular the daily feature wall stand up that was the heartbeat of the EDW Agile Release Train.  Recently I received an email from someone who had read this post and wanted to know more. As he quite rightly pointed out the “post lacked the details to effectively implement […]

23
Aug

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Getting from theory to practice with Cost of Delay and WSJF in SAFe

Recently, I’ve noticed a number of threads on the SAFe linked-in groups indicating people are struggling to get started with the SAFe “Weighted Shortest Job First” (WSJF) prioritisation model. When I first heard +Dean Leffingwell teach the model I thought “wow, this fantastic.” His use of a proxy model for Cost of Delay (CoD) seemed […]