Change + Dogfood = Love

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All major agile implementations require guidance and leadership to establish new processes and practices. This talk discusses a highly effective strategy for  ​ ​managing ​ ​ that change by using something familiar, but in a slightly new way. Slideshow for a presentation given on Aug 2, 2019 to the Austin Agile Leadership SIG.   (Fil...
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PI Planning Checklist

PI Planning Checklist
Introduction In the world of SAFe, there is no perfect, secret recipe, for making sure your PI Planning session runs perfectly; we are all merely human, and couldn't possibly predict every outcome with 100% accuracy. However, what we CAN do is make sure that we set up our teams for success to the absolute best of our ability. As it so happens there...
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The Agile PMO

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In all organizations of any size there is a need to manage the work of the organization and guide the efforts of the people involved in the work. Traditionally, in larger organizations, this guidance was organized under the title of Project Management Office, or PMO. The PMO usually consisted of senior project managers, along with some represe...
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Core Values

Allison Agile's Core Values
At Allison Agile, our motto is "Values. Driven." A few years back, when we came up with that little line, I was rather proud of it. It is succinct, pointed, and conveys the item that, to me, is the most important part of agile... it's values. So I was understandably taken aback recently when someone challenged me with, "Which values?" And...
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Introverts vs PI Planning

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Disclaimer I am a lot of things, but an introvert is NOT one of them. In fact, I am full-blown extrovert. In the movie Shrek, when Princess Fiona finds out that Donkey can talk, Shrek sarcastically responds, "Yeah, but it's getting him to shut up that's the trick." Yeah, that's me sometimes. So, why am I, an admitted extro, writing a...
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SAFe Backlogs 1.3

Now that you have all of those backlogs organized, you should build something with them! Now that you have all of those backlogs organized, you should build something with them!
Introduction  Thanks for sticking with us through this three part series on SAFe backlogs! We've finally arrived at the final portion, where we'll be talking about the actual work items themselves. To date we've gotten a good look at the "lay of the land" and seen where all of the SAFe backlogs exist, as well as taken a deeper look at how they...
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SAFe Backlogs 1.2

SAFe-Backlogs-graphic-1.2 Now, we're starting to get this wood stacked up nice and neat.
The Hierarchy  This section may seem like its coming out of order; shouldn't we cover the specifics of each work item before we talk about their organizational structure? Maybe, but I'm coming at the topic in this sequence because I believe that where these work items sit in the Big Picture is such a huge part of understanding what they are. W...
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