Key Insights from SAFe 4.0

I’m a big fan of Dean Leffingwell and his work on the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). He’s been bringing lean thinking to software development for some time now. I work in a massive IT organization that has identified SAFe as how we’d like to develop software going forward.

Listen for these key concepts in the video below.

  • The Customer and the Value Stream are key to the framework
  • Value streams are the central organizing construct for SAFe.
  • SAFe as a model, organizes around value, and this helps speed delivery
  • Funding value streams vs. funding Agile Release Trains (ARTs)
  • When Requirements are needed vs. the concept of Solution Intent
  • General purpose solutions vs. ‘bespoke’ solutions

Over the past few years, I have heard many software development professionals say things like, “It’s a pretty good concept, but it doesn’t work in the real world.” or “SAFe doesn’t account for Architecture or other enablers.” 

If you are in IT, you owe it to yourself to get up to speed not just on SAFe, but on the underlying lean thinking concepts that are driving it. If you don’t, you risk getting left behind both organizationally, and in your IT career.

Bob H – April 28, 2017


Key Links

Scaled Agile Framework home: http://www.scaledagileframework.com/

Lean-Agile Mindset Abstract: http://www.scaledagileframework.com/lean-agile-mindset/

Value Streams Abstract: http://www.scaledagileframework.com/value-streams/

Team Kanban Abstract: http://www.scaledagileframework.com/team-kanban/

 

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How to know if Kanban is right for your team?

Is Kanban Right for your team? Yep.

This is a nice post from the folks at Breath Agile.


You’ve got the best performers in your team, yet they falter. If this sound familiar to you, it is time to look at a different approach that can help

Source: How to know if Kanban is right for your team? | Breathe Agile

How Effective Leaders Listen

More great Leadership Nudges from David Marquet

If you’re not getting David’s (@ldavidmarquet) weekly Leadership Nudge, you really are missing some great info. This installment provides us a wonderful mnemonic to help us listen more effectively. (IMHO, this tip could/should be re-purposed and titled, “Hey Husbands! Here’s how you can become a better listener!)
Thanks for the great insights David! bh 2017/03/21

The Greatest Myth about Math Education 

Great piece from the Foundation for Economic Education

Math is important, but… even numbers-centric people, like engineers or actuaries, report that they use Excel and eighth grade mathematics in their day to day jobs. This article points out that many companies use degrees with high level math thinking as convenient filtering mechanisms. I’ve said for some time now that statistics should replace calculus at the top of the high school learning tree. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of calculus. Without calculus, the modern world as we know it might not exist. But, I have never had someone try to fool/influence me or others with calculus. If world citizens had a better understanding of statistics, we would not be so easily fooled by those seeking to get our votes or our money.

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Higher mathematics should be offered and taken by those who need it, or want it; but never required of all students.

Source: The Greatest Myth about Math Education | Foundation for Economic Education

Surprisingly Simple Ways You Can Trick Your Brain Into Focusing

This is a great read from Fast Company’s  Gwen Moran. Like many things in life, getting our brains to focus better is somewhat counter-intuitive.
Enjoy!

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Surprisingly Simple Ways You Can Trick Your Brain Into Focusing

This research-based approach has shown improvements in brain function in as little as 12 hours.

What separates strategic, visionary thinkers from the rest of us? And why do we tend to worry about our ability to remember names—or where our keys are—rather than loss of cognitive memory that makes great performers?

These were questions that puzzled Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas—Dallas. She wondered if high-level cognitive function could be taught or improved and set about figuring out how to do so. As a result, she and her team have developed Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART), a research-based brain training program that they claim can improve focus, memory, and cognitive function, starting with just nine hours of training.

Here’s the entire article: Surprisingly Simple Ways You Can Trick Your Brain Into Focusing | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

 

 


The 5 dissent tactics of employees and how to deal with them

We often hear about ways to constructively engage employees. This post takes a bit of a different approach. It discusses employees who feel that the organization has wronged, or mistreated them in some way. It looks at what are referred to as “psychological breaches” and how they impact an organization.

I really like this approach by David Wilkinson in this 27 May 2016 post at The Oxford Review blog.

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The 5 dissent tactics of employees and how to deal with them

It is estimated that somewhere between 50 and 70% of employees, will, at some point in their employment feel that the organisation has wronged, mistreated or let them down in some way.

These issues are referred to as psychological contract breaches. This is where an employee feels that the organisation has failed to fulfil its obligations to them. Over the years there has been a considerable amount of research attention looking at these psychological contract breaches and their effect.

Click here for the full article.

Source: The 5 dissent tactics of employees and how to deal with them – The Oxford Review – The Oxford Review Blog