Agile Epic States

“Always show your working out!” was the mantra of my maths teacher in senior school. This series of blog posts “On the Nature of Lean Portfolios” is an exploration of Lean Portfolios.

Serious games are games that do not have entertainment, enjoyment or fun as their primary purpose.

Scaled Agile PI Planning

A short series of articles on crafting effective, well-formed objectives as part of the SAFe® Program Increment (PI) / Big Room Planning activity

This is the second in a series of blogs about “use cases in practice” aimed at development teams and coaches interested in finding the right practices to use for the development challenges that the

In a recent blog by Fujitsu’s Rob Devlen, Fujitsu and

This four-day course will prepare you to lead an enterprise Agile transformation by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®).

1.1 Intro

To help people with the support and roll-out of version 5.0 we have upgraded our ever popular SAFe® Principle cards to 1) add the new 10th principle “Organize around value

We’ve recently had the pleasure of working with Jeff Sutherland on a set of Essence card

The Principles cards have been updated for SAFe v5.0 can be found

Every agile organisation aims to run successful programmes that demonstrate true value and IT results, presented in a way the business can understand.

Product Ownership Health Check

Key to realizing benefits from agile is strong customer representation through empowered Product Ownership – to guide the team in delivering a solution that maximizes end-user value.

Key to realizing benefits from agile is strong customer representation through empowered Product Ownership – to guide the team in delivering a solution that maximizes end-user value.

In some cases user stories are enough, but not when the number of user stories begins to grow, or when you develop enterprise systems for banks, insurance, telecom operations, defense or other larg

Alpha State Card Games Guide

This instructional guide provides a brief introduction to the Alphas and presents seven different games that can be played with the Alpha State Cards by software development teams.

The Scaled Agile Framework™ is a proven codified, and publicly-facing knowledge base that is used to successfully scale lean and agile development in larger software enterprises.

Learn how to use simple cards and checklists to achieve lean governance for agile software development projects and programs. First presented as a webinar by Ian Spence on 23rd April 2014.

It’s been said that the only real sustainable competitive advantage is an organization’s ability to learn faster than the competition.

In this fast-paced, responsive world, software development teams are adopting agile techniques to speed up development times and reduce risks, while simultaneously becoming more responsive to the n

This Reference Guide provides a brief introduction to the Alphas and Alpha State Cards.

The move toward agility has led to many benefits for the software industry.

Power of Checklists_Neil Armstrong Glove

Surgeons, astronauts, airline pilots and software professionals. What do all these people have in common?

A New Software Engineering

The term paradigm shift may be a bit overused these days; nevertheless, the kernel-based Essence approach to software engineering can quite reasonably be considered to be such a shift.


Ed Seymour, Cloud Domain Architect, Red Hat

“I am excited about working with industry partners at SEMAT and leveraging the ESSENCE standard”, said Scott Ambler in a recent phone interview.

5 Tenets of Fostering Sustainable Change

Change. This simple word has been used to create communities, build businesses, and promote adoption within a myriad of other actionable objectives.

ABC of Essentialization

To be agile as teams, we need to adjust our approach to meet our immediate challenges and needs.

Essence is a Game Changer for Agile Methods

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