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What Does Agile Sound Like?

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by Chad on July 5, 2012

By now you probable have heard that John Deere is practicing Agile at scale.  What was less then a 100 people doing it under the radar has now grown into over a 1200 and counting.

But, what does it sound like?

Are they having fun or is it just talk?

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The key to getting people open to learning about Agile is to have them experience it.

Say what? Yes, the trick is to get your attendees involved without you forcing on them.

But it gets better.

What if I showed you the steps on how to make this happen in any environment?
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How to Do Story Mapping

by Chad on March 14, 2012

Lately I have had many conversations with scrum teams and Product Teams about how to apply an agile technique called story mapping to help facilitate creating incremental vertical slices. The goal is to create end-to-end slices (stories) that a customer would use.

A few months ago I read this blog and it really helped me understand them and then I instantly became mad that no one taught me this years ago.

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How would you like to know if your presentation you just gave to 100’s of employees actually resonated with them?

It happens to all of us, the all important mandatory all employees meeting where senior leadership communicates something that motivates us or informs us about the business.

We go in excited to hear how our 40+ hours are improving the business.

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John Deere Agile Update

by Chad on March 14, 2012

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In April I attended RallyOn11 in Boulder where I was introduce to Aaron Sanders one of the Rally’s Agile coaches. During dinner I explained to Aaron that I felt teaching Scrum using basic games and slides was ok but not great nor did it create the engagement and excitement I wanted to generate. Aaron asked me if I ever used Legos to teach Scrum. I replied with, “Nope, but please tell me more.” He went on to explain how he learned it from Geoff Watts another Rally’s Agile coaches basked in the UK.

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Pick an Agile Tool for the Team

by Chad on July 12, 2011

In recent weeks I have received many emails about what tooling do we use for large scale agile tracking. I am a big fan of Individuals and interactions over processes and tools, but when you have 600+ resources all over the world working together you need something more the sticky notes and whiteboards.

 

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How to Track Customer Releases?

by Chad on July 1, 2011

We can all remember the first time we learned about Scrum and the magical burndown chart that projects if you are on track to delivery during the specified time. In “Scrum in 10 Minutes,” it too talks about the burndown chart.

 

Today our Agile tool provides us with many burndowns AND burnup reports. We have the iterations (sprint) burndown that tracks if a sprint is on track, we have the iteration (sprint) burnup that tracks if the scope is going to be delivered, we have the Release (PSI) Burnup that tracks if the PSI scope is going to be delivered, we have the Story Burnup that tracks if a story / feature / epics is tracking, we have the Story Burndown that tracks hours burned.

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It is official; John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group is practicing Agile!

Since 2008 I have been blogging about how Agile is working, but I was never allowed to say who I worked for. That day has come to an end I have received approval to reference John Deere in my blogs. Not only am I making it official, but we are now published in Dean Leffingwell’s new book Agile Software Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs, and the Enterprise Requirements in Chapter 11 – Role of the Product Owner.

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Cost of Delay Economics

by Chad on May 5, 2011

Here is a short video on Cost of Delay and how to apply it to your backlog. I’ve found it useful when working with new Product Managers and people unfamiliar with Economics. Hope it helps.

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