Playing Tetris with Planning

In Sprint planning for teams using Scrum I often observe stories broken down into tasks.. Tasks estimates done in hours and tasks assigned to people throughout the sprint. The sprints are carefully planned and loaded to achieve as close to a 100% utilisation as possible. Usually the end result of the sprint looks very different to what was planned… But why?

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Why agile IT projects still fail

"It's meant to be an agile project why are we still making changes?" "Why didn't you capture those requirements earlier?" "It meets MVP why can't you release?" "Why are we only discovering these issues now? It needs to hit this deadline so no more changes!"

Does any of that sound familiar? It's something I've heard lots of times.

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Is SAFe agile?

SAFe is probably not best suited to highly complex domains which require constant probing and exploration and where pivots are to be expected.

However for large organisations who are struggling to deliver products the use of SAFe would deliver considerable economic improvements from their current processes.

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Christian Miles
Metrics in Agile

Metrics are important...  They allow you to safely change the workings of a team and understand the effect. Management typically prefer's this way of working, it's safer and you have evidence to back up decision making.

At the planning level metrics are invaluable - And allow you to plan with some confidence.... Although planning when you have actual metrics suddenly becomes a much more complex and tiring process than just guessing it!

But you have to them use metrics responsibly and remember Goodhart's law - "When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure."

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Lets STOP measuring knowledge based work in hours!

Last night I was having a quick browse through one of the most famous essays ever written on Software engineering, "The Mythical Man Month”... I don't think I've read the book in over ten years during which time its been sat quietly collecting dust on my bookshelf! To my surprise when flicking through I noticed that the original version was published in 1975 making this year the 40th anniversary - However despite being marginally older than myself it shows perhaps how little has changed in the last 40 years! 

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Life beyond Scrum

Great Agile teams are prepared to change the rules... because they understand the behavioural changes, safeguards and phycology of being Agile... 'Bad' agile teams change the rules because they don't understand and are not prepared to take the leap of faith required to achieve greatness!

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