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COVID-19 and Responding to Change Over Following a Plan

Well, no need to say that it’s been quite a week. I commented to my wife that I have never experienced three weeks of life like I have here. First, destruction I’ve seen first hand nearly everyday from an EF3 tornado that went through the middle of our town here in Tennessee, and people rallying...

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Leverage the Power of Community Through Open Space

Every Agile adaption is unique. They typically begin after an organization experiences a “shock” event such as a sudden loss of market share or growing competition. Or at times its simply rooted in the gradual realization the status quo is no longer sufficient. All reasons aside, transforming an organization takes dedication, focus and support. Enter...

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Day Four :: SAFe Training – A Final Thought

February 27, 2020 I grew up an evangelical fundamentalist. That’s about as hard core protestant as it gets. Lutherans had one foot in hell, Catholics were full on idol worshipers, Methodists were heretics. My favorite were Pentecostals. They were downright demon possessed. If you find this world view a bit restrictive, you’re right. In the...

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Build Your Own Conference – The Agile Open Experience

With the San Diego Agile Open just around the corner, it would help to explain the value to those who have never been. Essentially, people volunteer topics that either they will share about or are interested in, and then they pick a time and place for the session. Others interested can initial the topic sheet...

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Day Three :: “All we have to fear is fear its self”

February 26, 2020 Today we covered Portfolio Management and Leading Change. I was struck by the assortment and quality of the tools. Until today, I didn’t know how to identify an organization’s “tipping point” in its Agile adaption readiness. Now I have a whole set of tools to use in conversation with clients. I’ve also...

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Day Two :: SAFe Training – I Love Jazz

February 25, 2020 In my early teens I fell in love with classical music. The complexity, the endless combinations of notes running across a scale telling a story; reaching deep within the soul. As one master piece inspires the next, much of this music reaches levels of near perfection. On the other hand there was...

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Day One :: SAFe Training – It’s not a methodology

February 24, 2020 One of the major criticisms of SAFe is because it is so voluminous it, will collapse under the weight of its ever increasing complexity. That would be true, if it were a methodology. From the many things which were said today, it was made clear the framework presents the organization with experiments,...

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Diary of a SAFe Skeptic – Introduction

February 23, 2202 On my way to SAFe training in Seattle. I’m a big fan of LeSS and Scrum@Scale. However, we’ve discovered that some clients would honestly benefit from adapting SAFe. To stay true to our values we’ve decided to begin offering this option; thus the training. I’ll be posting my thoughts throughout the week...

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Watch for the Bait and Switch

The company had been burned. We were discussing a proposal with the company’s leadership, when suddenly  one of them asked, “Am I talking to the people who will be delivering the training?” The manager called it “bait and switch…” “WindmillsPlantation-TurksAndCaicos-pic03” by KimCarpenter NJ is licensed under CC BY 2.0 When we asked why they asked...