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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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3 Quick Tips To Writing PI Objectives

3 Quick Tips To Writing PI Objectives

Day 183. For some reason, a LOT of people find writing PI Objectives hard: they struggle... they are unsure... and... after a lot of thought... they manage to write PI Objectives...the wrong way! They are writing PI (Program Increment) Objectives from the vantage point of "what they are going to do"... which is ABSOLUTLEY and TOTALLY WRONG!!! Well, if you are one of these strugglers, then you are in luck! Your struggle with "PI Objective Writing" ends today... but... only if/when you chose to apply the following tips: Continue reading
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Writing PI Objectives

Writing PI Objectives

Day 89. PI Planning: one of the outputs is the team’s PI Objectives. How to write these? Tip: focus on the desired outcome... and write it. Don’t write ‘how’ you work it though... the ‘how’ is not the objective. Example of a good objective: ‘I want to lose weight’. Continue reading
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Scrum of Scrums

Scrum of Scrums

Day 76. Scrum of scrums is a SAFe program-level event that is geared toward synchronization between scrum masters of the Agile Release Train; it’s facilitated by the Release Train Engineer. It is a scaled-up version of the team's Daily Standup.  At least once a week, SMs provide update to the group. Updates on:1) Accomplishments since the last SoS2) Goals between now and the next SoS3) Current and any foreseen Impediments between now and the next SoS  Other conversation points in the ‘Scrum of scrums’ are: Continue reading
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PI Objective — Demystified Part III

Tip on synthesizing planned work into PI objectives: Find the ‘Deep meaning’ (the intent). Try this: stand back and look at, holistically, the planned work. Can you form a few meaningful chunks? Aggregate similarly themed work. Find out the main reason why this work is important to the business. You are doing this work... to what end? Express your thoughts in business terms if the objective directly delivers something of value to the business. This is a Business Objective. If it indirectly delivers value then it could be a Technical Objective... meaning, it supports the delivery of value — albeit…
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SAFe 5.0

Bye 'Stretch Objectives' Hello 'Uncommitted Objectives'! SAFe makers recognized that a lot of people got tripped by the word 'Stretch'... so they've replaced it with 'Uncommitted'... just to make clearer the same intent: knowing that the work is important (could be very or most important), the team will do the best they can -- capacity will be allocated; still part of the plan; included in the team's load for the PI (Program Increment) -- but will not be penalized if not achieved... this situation happens when there are too much unknowns... impossible to commit to... but it is not a…
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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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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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