Are you misleading people about Agile, Scrum and the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)?
This past week (and for years) I have experienced several people and even a fairly well known “agile tool space” vendor passing misinformation around about Agile, Scrum and the Scaled Agile Framework for the Enterprise (SAFe). The offending parties, in the context of their misrepresentations, are attacking the Scrum framework and the SAFe. Labeling them as processes!
To what end?
I am really thrilled to learn more about the Scaled Agile Framework after going through the SPC course and certification process. A big thank you to Eric Willeke as he is an amazing instructor and has clearly mastered the material. I am not a fan of certifications as a KPI for job applicants. Only as indicators of formal education on subject matter. In this case, SAFe brings meaning and harmony to many, many things that we have all been doing for so many years. At least now I have a beautiful framework to show when I talk about organizational transformation, e2 maximization, transparency, alignment, and relentless improvement!
Going to have to figure out how to virtualize this concept.
I have been working with the agile teams for a long time. Agile has gifted a lot of meetings viz. planning, grooming, retrospective, etc. Retrospectives are one of the most powerful and often the most ignored meetings as they end up as boring and ineffective. Hence, a lot of engagement and innovation is required to reinvent the retrospectives. I came across Rory’s story cubes and thought to ‘experiment’ the same in my retros.
I purchased a few boxes of cubes and mixed the same to have diverse stories: 9 cubes in a box as per the recommendation.
When I introduced the cubes to my first team say Team X: they migrated to the exploring mode — started seeing the different faces of the cubes. Then, they rolled the same. The first time it was too much silence.Then, we played the second iteration. To my surprise: amazing stories…
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How the foolish try to lay the blame for their own failures on a hammer… Not to mention the misuse of the adjective Agile.
Note: My first novel, Farisa’s Crossing, will be released in early 2020.
Agility is a good thing, no doubt, and the Agile Manifesto isn’t unreasonable. Compared to a straw-man practice called “Waterfall”, Agile is notably superior. Yet, so much of Agile as-practiced is deeply harmful, and I don’t really think that the Agile/Waterfall dichotomy is useful in the first place.
There’s a variety of Agile, called Scrum, that I’ve seen actually kill a company. By “kill”, I don’t mean “the culture wasn’t as good afterward”. Rather, I mean that its stock dropped by almost 90 percent in less than two years.
What is Agile?
Agile grew up in web consulting, where it had a certain amount of value: when dealing with finicky clients who don’t know what they want, one typically has to choose between one of two options. The first is to manage the client: get expectations set…
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