The Continuous Delivery Pipeline: The Pipeline that Keeps Giving

In the movie, ‘Kingdom of Heaven’, the protagonist, Balian, inherited Ebelin, a large land — from his father the lord of Ebelin who just passed away — with villagers living on it. The land is arid. One day, Balian is concerned: his subjects are not having a sustained and abundant source of food. There is … More The Continuous Delivery Pipeline: The Pipeline that Keeps Giving

This Requires Mindset Shift: “Fund Value Stream, not Projects”

Agile teams and team of Agile Teams (Agile Release Train (ART)) sit on a Value Stream. Per SAFe: “Value Streams represent the series of steps that an organization uses to build Solutions that provide a continuous flow of value to a Customer. SAFe value streams are used to define and realize Portfolio-level business objectives and … More This Requires Mindset Shift: “Fund Value Stream, not Projects”

The Other Side of Variability: Economics

After you have read my earlier posts…I hope that by now, you are already familiar with SAFe Principle #3 … and that is, ‘Assume variability. Preserve options’… just in case you forgot it 🙂 ! Well let me tell you that ‘variability’ does not stop there; there is another side of ‘variability’. It has something … More The Other Side of Variability: Economics

What is the Intent?

What is the intent? That’s what I ask for — the intent — when I read at a story, a feature, an epic, a solution. It should pop up immediately…first thing I read…the rest will be just details. It is the aim/purpose that guides action…the thing that you plan to do, realize, or achieve. Intention … More What is the Intent?

The Ultimate Competitive Advantage… and the Economics of Product Development Variability

“Change before you have to… control your own destiny or someone else will. An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.” — Jack Welch, former Chief Executive Office (CEO), General Electric. Applied learning, fast: Apple just released three versions of iPhone: Xs, Xr, and Xmax. They … More The Ultimate Competitive Advantage… and the Economics of Product Development Variability

My Two Favorite RTE Responsibilities

My two favorite Release Train Engineer (RTE) responsibilities are: 1) facilitate PI Planning readiness and the event itself; and 2) drive relentless improvement through ‘Inspect and Adapt’! Think about it…as an RTE, you are in the thick of things within this whole Lean-Agile mindset  revolution! # 1: You are like a “Wedding Planner”… preparing…readying everything … More My Two Favorite RTE Responsibilities