Clarence Galapon

CE, MBA, Lean Agile Coach, Trainer, Teacher, SPC, RTE, PSM, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, PMP, CC, ABNLP NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, NLP Coach, NLP Trainer, Practical Psychologist, Life Coach, Software Executive, Entrepreneur, Author, Investor, and Innovator with a Creative, Lean, Agile, and Wander mindset. https://LeanAgileGuru.com
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Measure and Visualize the Trend of “Actual over Planned” Ratio

Measure and Visualize the Trend of “Actual over Planned” Ratio

There is a topic my new book, "SAFe Is Like ...", titled "Measure Actual Versus Planned" . It tackles the fact that a lot of us measure planned velocity and actual velocity; however, a lot of us stop short. Too short. We forget to go after two key and critical things needed to measure the probability of us meeting our promises (planned) against what we do – which in turn impacts our Predictability. These two, together, determine our Probabilistic Predictability! Our predictability is very important to people who are waiting for their "valuable things" to be delivered by us with…
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SAFe Is Like …

SAFe Is Like …

October 15, 2022 Greetings! Great news! My new book, "SAFe Is Like … ", is now published, and the Paperback Version is now available for purchase on Amazon.com. Kindle Version is also now available for purchase on Amazon.com What's inside? Check it out for yourself: please get the "Sampler eBook Version"  of this book; it has a lot of ideas from the full version of the book -- and it is a FREE download!    I wrote this book to help narrow down the gap between knowing and understanding SAFe®. Do you want to understand SAFe by looking at it from…
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SAFe Classes with Unique Value Proposition

SAFe Classes with Unique Value Proposition

Have you ever wished that you can get more than what you paid for? Get more from a SAFe class to be exact? Yes, you can with our SAFe classes at Lean Agile Guru! Read on... October 15, 2022: My new book, "SAFe Is Like ...", is now available on Amazon.  You will get a FREE SIGNED COPY if/when you register, pay, and complete a class by the Lean Agile Guru. Click here to register and reserve your seat today! Our classes are taught by the Lean Agile Guru himself. Click this link to meet your trainer, teacher and coach, Clarence,…
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Lead Time Leads To Feedback And Learnings

Lead Time Leads To Feedback And Learnings

First of all, what is "Lead Time"? Simply stated, "Lead Time" is the amount of time that passes from the start of a process until its conclusion. McDonalds Cartoon -- drive through placement (push), to order processing (pull), to order fulfilled (done). The shorter the Lead Time is, the better... meaning, we get feedback to what has concluded; and with fast feedback, we get to learn fast as well and use / invest that feedback -- and the "learnings" that came with it --  into something useful. Applications in real life: Continue reading
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Make your “Cost Per Story Point” stable. Why and how.

Make your “Cost Per Story Point” stable. Why and how.

In his book, "Principles of Product Development Flow", Donald Reinertsen wrote about the "Principle of Variability Pooling": "The Principle of Variability Pooling: Overall variation decreases when uncorrelated random tasks are combined. Variability pooling exploits a somewhat subtle mathematical characteristic of variability. When we sum two or more uncorrelated random variables, the variance of the sum is the sum if the individual variances." Bringing this principle to the home-front: Continue reading
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Relative Sizing

Relative Sizing

"Story points are relative, without a connection to any specific unit of measure. The size (effort) of each story is estimated relative to the smallest story, which is assigned a size of ‘one.’ A modified Fibonacci sequence (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 40, 100) is applied that reflects the inherent uncertainty in estimating, especially large numbers (e.g., 20, 40, 100)" -- Scaled Agile. Inc. Here is a guidance on Relative Sizing. Continue reading
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Lean Agile Guru Limited Offer

Lean Agile Guru Limited Offer

Greetings! At Lean Agile Guru Consulting LLC, for a limited time, we are offering discounted prices for our online classes. BUT we still deliver the same high-quality classes. At $495 per student per online class, which is a $500 discount from our $995 regular price, this is our lowest price ever and our classes go beyond and above the course hence making each class unique and invaluable! Your SAFe certification exam fee (first try only) is already included in the price. Register now! Limited online students per class! This is a limited Offer. Prices could change at any time. Enroll now to…
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How To Write Features and Stories and How to Split These

How To Write Features and Stories and How to Split These

This "How To Write Features and Stories and How to Split These" is part of our SAFe Classes as an add-on workshop to our SAFe Classes. In addition to the workshop ... you will also get the following Value-Add -- Unique Value Proposition: With the Lean Agile Guru, you will get this one-of-a-kind Unique Value Proposition in the marketplace: 1) More value-add. You will learn more beyond what the course provides. This is the workshop. 2) Live Sessions post-class. You will be invited to a coaching session exclusive only to Lean Agile Guru alumni ! What's in this live session?…
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Live Sessions

Live Sessions

  Be a part of our Lean Agile Guru Elite Circle Live Sessions. Lean Agile Software Factory Series -- practical insights, tools and techniques beyond SAFe Classes and SAFe Certifications. Testimonials: click here to read what some of our participants think. Not sure what you need? Contact Us... let's start the conversation! Join Us! Be an Elite Circle Member Today for $495 and get the Lean Agile Software Factory Fundamentals! Check out our upcoming Agenda Hands-On Workshops and ChallengesCoaching Role-Playing or for Real (Coach and Coachee)Consulting, Counseling, and Mentoring October 15, 2022: My new book, "SAFe Is Like ...", is…
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Vote!

Vote!

Vote ! Election 2020 October 15, 2022: My new book, "SAFe Is Like ...", is now available on Amazon.  What our students think about the Lean Agile Guru ("Author of SAFe is Like ...") -- click here You will get a FREE SIGNED COPY if/when you register, pay, and complete a class by the Lean Agile Guru.  
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Getaway!

Getaway!

Day 203. Getaway! The photo below was taken upon our first entry into the "glamping tent". It is spacious! Getaway — a place for campers ... glamorous campers! Continue reading
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Moneyball

Moneyball

Day 202. The movie ‘Moneyball’ has a scene that caught my attention. Apparently, some promising baseball players were overlooked because of Continue reading
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Mindset Is Like…

Mindset Is Like…

Day 201. A person’s mind is like a sailboat’s sail... how it is set determines direction. A mindset is a belief that orients the way we handle situations—the way we sort out what is going on and what we should do. October 15, 2022: My new book, "SAFe Is Like ...", is now available on Amazon.  What our students think about the Lean Agile Guru ("Author of SAFe is Like ...") -- click here You will get a FREE SIGNED COPY if/when you register, pay, and complete a class by the Lean Agile Guru.  
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Be More

Be More

Day 200 Sometimes, teams find themselves in a plateau... with their velocity... stuck on same — on average — velocity for a whole year... same team members. What if 5 years later, they find themselves — same team members — in the same average velocity? No growth! The team did not become more. Why? Continue reading
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Be In the Moment

Be In the Moment

Day 197. Be in the moment... thinking too much into the future brings you anxiety... Go along with the flow of the moment... See where it leads you... October 15, 2022: My new book, "SAFe Is Like ...", is now available on Amazon.  What our students think about the Lean Agile Guru ("Author of SAFe is Like ...") -- click here You will get a FREE SIGNED COPY if/when you register, pay, and complete a class by the Lean Agile Guru.  
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Blind Spots

Blind Spots

Day 196. We all have blind spots. Be careful. Your mind can infer and build up a picture in your mind which is not necessarily true. Your biases can put you in trouble... think about that... your mind infers... October 15, 2022: My new book, "SAFe Is Like ...", is now available on Amazon.  What our students think about the Lean Agile Guru ("Author of SAFe is Like ...") -- click here You will get a FREE SIGNED COPY if/when you register, pay, and complete a class by the Lean Agile Guru.  
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Why BDUF is Bad

Why BDUF is Bad

Day 193. Big Design UpFront (BDUF) is a bad thing in ‘adaptive environment’... where ‘fog of uncertainty’ exists... lots of unknown... lots unseen. The wrong design could emerge as a result of BDUF... leading to incorrect solution. Where there is ‘fog of uncertainty’... it is best assume variability and preserve options... as you move forward, you inspect what is transparent to you and adapt accordingly. October 15, 2022: My new book, "SAFe Is Like ...", is now available on Amazon.  What our students think about the Lean Agile Guru ("Author of SAFe is Like ...") -- click here You will…
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Persevere!

Persevere!

Day 192.   October 15, 2022: My new book, "SAFe Is Like ...", is now available on Amazon.  What our students think about the Lean Agile Guru ("Author of SAFe is Like ...") -- click here You will get a FREE SIGNED COPY if/when you register, pay, and complete a class by the Lean Agile Guru.  
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So True

Day 191. So True ... read more about it October 15, 2022: My new book, "SAFe Is Like ...", is now available on Amazon.  What our students think about the Lean Agile Guru ("Author of SAFe is Like ...") -- click here You will get a FREE SIGNED COPY if/when you register, pay, and complete a class by the Lean Agile Guru.  
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A Stumbling Block, Or A Stepping-Stone

A Stumbling Block, Or A Stepping-Stone

Day 190. Sharing this wonderful poem: Isn't it strange how princes and kings,and clowns that caper in sawdust rings,and common people, like you and me,are builders for eternity? Each is given a list of rules;a shapeless mass; a bag of tools.And each must fashion, ere life is flown,A stumbling block, or a Stepping-Stone.R. L. Sharpe October 15, 2022: My new book, "SAFe Is Like ...", is now available on Amazon.  What our students think about the Lean Agile Guru ("Author of SAFe is Like ...") -- click here You will get a FREE SIGNED COPY if/when you register, pay, and…
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Stop Starting, Start Finishing!

Stop Starting, Start Finishing!

Day 187. Yup... stop pulling in work... and start finishing whatever work you have inflight or in process. Lower that ‘Work In Process (WIP)’ of yours and your team to lower your lead time (lead time — time for you to complete a unit of work to delivery — is the same time — the ‘wait time’ — to a customer)... the lower your lead time is, the shorter the queue length of waiting customers. Think of ‘Starbucks’. Continue reading
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