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Interview on the Private Equity Funcast -Understanding the Agile/Agility Ecosystem

I’ve been an avid listener of the Private Equity Funcast for a while. I find the Private/Growth Equity space fascinating—there are lots of potential synergies with my agility practice, interesting conversations, and exciting opportunities. On the Funcast, ParkerGale partners Jim, Devin, Paul, and their guests share their culture-oriented perspective and approach. True to the name, …

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Strategic Themes - Gradable KRs?

Should SAFe Strategic Themes include gradable Key Results?

Strategic Themes in SAFe represent strategic choices at the Enterprise/Portfolio level that should guide decisions throughout the portfolio. A qualitative Objective accompanied by a quantitative, valuable, and measurable evidence-oriented Key Result connected to a portfolio KPI is a great way to make sure the strategic theme is pointing toward desired outcomes without going into too …

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Professional Scrum Trainer Spotlight w/ Yuval Yeret

I’m featured in the latest Scrum.org Community Podcast PST Spotlight series. Dave West and I talked about my background in DevOps and product development and how I developed my passion for agile and empiricism that has developed over the years. We talked about how I became a PST while introducing Kanban to the Scrum.org community, …

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The Fixing OKRs Live Stream Series

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with livestreaming around Fixing OKRs. This is a topic I’ve been writing and talking about for a while, here in the blog and on the conference circuit. If you’re interested in tuning in to upcoming live streams, you can follow me on LinkedIn or subscribe to my …

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Mapping Flow Metrics in SAFe, Professional Scrum with Kanban, Project 2 Product and Evidence-based Management

Suggested New Year Resolution – Improve Flow of Value!Start with Measuring Flow… but how? There are different flow metric taxonomies – how are they similar/different? In this live stream, I reviewed the PSK, Project 2 Product, SAFe, and EBM flow metrics taxonomies and how they map to each other. I also discussed the bigger picture …

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Deconstructing SAFe Criticism – Focusing on the SPC role

The SAFe Practice Consultant (SPC) is a crucial aspect of SAFe’s implementation and scaling approach. In this live stream, I shared my perspective about some of this model’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats from the perspective of a leader of a large-scale agility journey leveraging SAFe. Check out the video, let me know what you …

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Expanding My Collaborative Horizon – Teaming Up with Flow Sphere

Today, I want to share a major business update. Last week I associated my SAFe SPCT (and Fellowship) with Flow Sphere as part of a strategic partnership between Flow Sphere and my consulting practice Yeret Agility. Flow Sphere is a premier boutique agile consultancy, SAFe Gold SPCT Partner, and Scrum.org PTN, led by Sacha Czudek …

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Silver Bullet with Measures

OKR Implementation Tips

OKRs – Yet Another Silver Bullet It seems OKRs are the new “silver bullet” – VC/PE/GE Investors give John Dorr’s “Measure What Matters” book to their CEOs and strongly suggest that their portfolio companies use OKRs.  While the idea of using OKRs to improve strategic focus and alignment with execution is great, things often go …

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Combining SAFe PO and PM responsibilities with Professional Scrum PO Stances

Exploring the controversy around SAFe’s approach to Product Ownership

Exploring SAFe’s Approach to Product Ownership What is SAFe’s perspective on the Product Owner role? How does it differ from the Scrum Guide? Why is Product Ownership split between the Product Owner and Product Manager in SAFe? SAFe’s approach to Product Ownership draws quite a bit of criticism. As a Professional Scrum Trainer who’s also …

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Agile Company Development

Elevating business scaling constraints through agility

Growing Pains I’ve been helping companies improve their operations for over a decade. A repeating pattern is where a successful company is facing growing pains, affecting its ability to scale to the next level. Some examples of the challenges I’m called in to help with: Losing the Ability to Get Complex Stuff Done You often …

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