IBM Press has published, Being Agile: Eleven Breakthrough Techniques to Keep You from "Waterfalling Backward" by Leslie Ekas and Scott Will. This book is available in hardcopy and ebook formats. About the Book Drawing on their experience helping more than 100 teams transition to agile, the authors review its key principles, identify corresponding practices, and offer breakthrough approaches for implementing them. Using their techniques, you can break typical waterfall patterns and go beyond merely “doing agile” to actually thinking and... [More]
Are you looking for informative webcasts on the Scaled Agile Framework? Check out the new SAFe webcast page ! Note: This page is also linked to from the SAFe landing page . Take Care, Kelli Houston Agile/DevOps Solution Offering Manager
That which does not kill us makes us stronger - F. Nietzsche As those of you who follow my blog know, last year I attended the Agile Team Coaching Class with Lyssa Adkins and Michael Hamman. The wealth of knowledge I gained in this class literally changed the course of my life. You may think that I am being a bit melodramatic,” but the truth of the matter is that this class, more than all the others I have taken, so intensified my desire not just to do Agile but to be Agile that I decided to devote myself totally to being and doing just... [More]
Join me (Matt Holitza) at Mile High Agile on April 3rd in Denver, Colorado. This is the first year we are sponsoring the conference, and the good news for me is I only have to drive a few minutes to get there... We'll be talking to the Agile practitioners in Denver about the new Agile Transformation community and hopefully get a few hundred more members! To get more information or to register click here.
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The Scaled Agile Framework for Lean Systems Engineering (SAFe LSE) is now public. SAFe LSE is an extension of SAFe , the market-leading framework for scaling lean and agile principles, that targets engineered products and systems. It's purpose is to provide values, principles, and practices to help build complex, software-intensive products and systems in a lean and agile manner. SAFe LSE public site - http://safe-lse.com/ Press release - ... [More]
“Seeing is not believing; believing is seeing! You see things, not as they are, but as you are.” – Eric Butterworth The impact of organizational culture on a successful agile transformation cannot be understated. That said; I believe we must not lose sight of the fact that an organization is composed of many different individuals. As the whole can never be greater than the sum total of its various parts, I believe it is necessary to evaluate not only the organizational culture but the individual... [More]
Sometimes it feels like almost everything we used to do (and thought was so very important), just doesn’t fit anymore. The times they are a-changin’ everywhere. For instance, in the past we spent a lot of time reviewing the capabilities of tools before deciding to even kick the tires. The “explore” and “experiment” phases of tool selection could be quite long. We would have a list of prioritized requirements and if the tool didn’t measure up on paper, we wouldn’t look any further. We... [More]
Are you interested in how to leverage the power of the IBM DevOps platform to accelerate your SAFe adoption? Are you interested in how IBM supports SAFe? If so, you are not going to want to miss these two webcasts. Mark your calendars! Date/Time : March 25, 2015, 4PM ET Title : A SAFe Approach to DevOps Abstract : An IBM DevOps approach supports the continuous delivery model through an open-standards-based tooling platform to help drive organizational efficiency and effectiveness. The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is the... [More]
With the general availability of Rational Team Concert V6.0, you will now have access to the SAFe ® V3.0 Program process template in RTC. This raises the question: “Can this template be used in Rational Team Concert 5.0.2 or do we have to wait?” The template itself cannot be used in a environment with an older version of RTC. However, we have published RTC SAFe Migration Guidelines to help you apply the very same configurations in your older RTC environment to take advantage of SAFe that we have implemented in the process... [More]
After interesting sessions at Innovate 2012, here we are with another discussion on whether requirements management paves way to success in agile projects? If you were following this blog, Cherifa touched on this topic in the blog post about using user stories to achieve better requirements in agile projects . Views, myths and school of thoughts exist when it comes to requirements in agile. But a disciplined business analysis and requirements is required for a successful agile product delivery. Join us for a webinar with Agile business analysis... [More]
Welcome to Episode 3, Season 1 of DevOps Scenarios for Middleware. For an overview of this riveting and not-quite-Emmy-worthy blog series, check out our last blog in this series ( Business Value Need) here and the Overview blog here. This blog post has been a collaborative effort with Marianne Hollier, Cindy VanEpps, Anita Rass Wan and Roger LeBlanc “Houston, we have a problem.” This is the quintessential statement of the *expletive* moment that throws all the participants in a solution into problem resolution mode. In the... [More]
Recently, while visiting a client site, I was excited to see a large breakout room labeled “Agile Room”. You can only imagine my surprise when I walked in the door. I saw a series of cubicles. I saw people working very quietly and independently. I saw a scantly populated dusty board with only a few sticky notes and one single column labeled “Done”. When I asked about the naming of the room, they replied, “Oh, well, we just call ourselves ‘agile’ because we... [More]
I ran across this article on Agile Learning that I wanted to share. Most organizations are still practicing waterfall techniques when it comes to learning. One of the reasons that we are wanting to build this Agile community is to create an agile learning environment ... for people wanting to learn agile practices ... in an agile way. Take a look at the following diagram and see where your organization falls.