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3 Tips To Increasing Predictability With Objectivity Without Specificity

3 Tips To Increasing Predictability With Objectivity Without Specificity

Day 185. Read the title as ‘... Increasing Predictability With Objectives... Without Specifying THE MEANS!’ I intentionally wrote the title as you see it now because SAFe have something like this written on their course materials ... leaving students scratching their heads thinking ‘... I thought PI Objective should be SMART’ (S being Specific). What SAFe is really advocating with that title is this: Continue reading
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Why I Don’t Sweat Writing Sprint Goals

Why I Don’t Sweat Writing Sprint Goals

Day 184. Got to have goals: 1 year goal, 6 months goal, 3 months goal or 2 weeks goal. This blog post will focus on the ‘2 weeks’ goal — the sprint or iteration goal. Sprint goal is a leading indicator — to check whether you are on track or off track in achieving and advancing your 3 months goal (PI objective ). Goals will not only push you but will also pull you through difficult times. Continue reading
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SAFe is Goals Driven, Not Prescriptive

SAFe is goals driven and not prescriptive. A goal-driven approach makes SAFe flexible and easy to scale. Companies scale agile based on factors that deliver the greatest customer value. In other words, by determining what the intent, goals and objectives are, companies can choose to scale in a way that supports the creation and delivery of products and services that are customer centric, desirable, feasible, viable and sustainable.
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From Intent To Objective To Goals

Intent is a 'broad stoke of the brush' kind of sketch of what you want to achieve... without providing instructions on how to achieve it... to provide others an opportunity to lean in and think creatively on how to achieve it -- the intent -- in their own way. Example: intent: [I intend to] lose weight What does an intent look like if you want it to be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound? And yet not providing instructions on how to achieve it? Make it SMART! Example: [I intend to] lose 50 pounds, one year from now. How about…
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Purpose, Intent, PI Objectives, Iteration Goals, and Strategy

Everyone has a purpose (an intent of what to accomplish (i.e. 'CI = Commander's Intent' In the military realm) in mind on what to do when they go into PI Planning. But to truly turn activity into achievement, replace your purpose with a clear and focused PI Objectives. PI Objective, must be SMART. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound... made ahead... with guidance of its achievement from the Product Manager or Business Owner. Use a series of SMART iteration goals as key results / indicators towards the achievement of the Objectives. These are the OKRs -- Objectives and Key Results.…
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Iteration Goal and Commitment

Iteration Goal and Commitment

A team must be willing to commit to a goal, say an iteration goal. Commitment is one of the five core values of Scrum. Scrum provides people all the authority they need to meet their commitments. Some teams, specially newly formed teams, don't have iteration goals... not sure why; don't be like these teams. This setting of goal is easy, not a rocket science! Wire it into your team practice sooner rather than later. Once you have a clear and SMART goal, committing to its achievement is easy.
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Goal-Setting: two key things to keep in mind

Goal-Setting: two key things to keep in mind

We have covered iteration goals and PI objectives... but forgot to put forth two key things to the forefront ... it has been on the background because it is assumed that these are common sense. I have seen folks setting their goals using a lot of sentences describing it. And they leave it at that. They forget two important things: 1) to keep the goal in one short sentence. The intent should be clear and short. It is easy to remember. Easy to revisit as often as you need it to be. 2) to set the target date of its…
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