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What’s New in SAFe 5.0

What are the most striking changes among the dozen changes in SAFe 5.0? The new areas of Continuous Learning Culture, Design Thinking and Customer Centricity are the most significant to me. For years, agile coaches have championed companies becoming learning organizations, and certainly, Scrum has enabled that via the Sprint Review and Retrospective’s inspect and...

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The Cost of Servant Leadership

“I may not get there with you.” – Martin Luther King, assassinated the following day. I hope you had the day off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to look back and reflect on his impact. The holiday is one of only three national holidays that recognize an individual. The other two are George Washington...

Your Culture Is What’s on Your Walls
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Your Culture Is What’s on Your Walls

Three colleges, in three states, in three days. We were on a trip to find the right college for my daughter Ally. But how could we know what was the right fit for her? Or, similarly, how do you choose the right job? How does your company attract talent in a competitive marketplace? Some of...

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Competing Values Framework and Why it Matters for Agile Transformations

We’re going to walk through a couple of tools that we’ve found particularly useful for Agile adoptions, for coaching teams, and for working with individuals. The first in this video series is what we call the Competing Values Framework based on the work of University of Michigan. The Competing Values Framework comes into play when...

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The Unknown Tool for Your Growth and Leadership

How do you grow in your career, as a leader, in your role? You have more challenges, and options, then ever before that can spur your growth, given the rise of Agile, and the business world’s VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity). Just as there is a case for change for corporations, those buildings are...

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Correcting Assumptions via Systems Thinking

Identifying the system your assumptions build is a giant first step in helping teams improve. Let’s use systems thinking to briefly examine a causal loop that either increases or decreases the team’s confidence. We begin with the assumption that “teams must be held accountable, because people do not naturally hold themselves accountable.” The domino effect this...

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Gemba Walk for Scrum Teams

Gemba Walk for Scrum Teams Being involved with Scrum Masters and their teams is the best job on the planet. Few things are as satisfying as watching a Scrum Team become more adaptive, grow in confidence and shoulder responsibility as a cohesive unit. Although experiencing these improvements as they occur is amazing to witness, I’ve...

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Agile Books: Rocket Nine Recommended Reading

If you’ve been to one our classes, no doubt you’ve seen the Table o’ Agile Books in the back of the room. At Rocket Nine Solutions we value reading as a pathway to learning and personal transformation. We believe learning is the key to agility in your career. In this post you’ll find a list...