Agile Planning

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Managing Queues in Product Development

Why Manage Queues? Effective queue management reduces cycle time, increasing profits by minimizing inactivity in product development processes. Queue management is pivotal in optimizing cycle time within product development, directly influencing economic outcomes. The primary issue in extended…


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Optimize Batch Sizes

What are "Batches" in Product Development? Batch size refers to the quantity or volume of tasks, items, or units grouped for processing, development, or transmission at one time.


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Optimizing Flow with Work in Progress (WIP) Limits

What are WIP Limits? WIP limits are a deliberate constraint placed on the amount of work in progress within a process, which is pivotal in enhancing the workflow's focus, efficiency, and overall effectiveness. Work In Progress (WIP) limits define the maximum quantity of work in each stage of a…


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Implementing SAFe: Lean Budgets

What are Lean Budgets? Lean Budgets in the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) focus on funding value streams over projects, streamlining value delivery, and minimizing the bureaucracy of conventional project cost accounting.


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Implementing SAFe: Portfolio Kanban

The SAFe Portfolio Kanban SAFe Portfolio Kanban is a method for visualizing and managing the flow of portfolio Epics, aligning strategy and execution in SAFe. In SAFe, Portfolio Kanban is a crucial tool for managing the flow of portfolio Epics, guiding them from ideation to analysis,…


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Case Study: Using Agile to Improve Productivity by 240%

Introduction This is a case study of a two-year project with an actual client. Over the period, we iterated through numerous improvement evolutions, experimenting with various concepts and processes. At the two-year mark, we measured the following improvements:Productivity increase of 240% Reduce…


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Mastering SAFe PI Planning

What is SAFe PI Planning? PI Planning (Program Increment Planning), a regular event in SAFe, orchestrates Agile teams to envision shared objectives, devise strategic roadmaps, manage dependencies, and strengthen collaboration, aligning team efforts with overarching business goals. PI Planning…


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Mastering the SAFe Confidence Vote

The Confidence Vote in SAFe The Confidence Vote is a crucial element in the Program Increment (PI) Planning process within the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). It serves as a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the confidence level that Agile Release Train (ART) members have in the feasibility…


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Mastering Agile Product Delivery with SAFe

What is SAFe Agile Product Delivery? SAFe Agile Product Delivery is a customer-centric approach to defining, building and releasing a continuous flow of valuable products and services. SAFe Agile Product Delivery (ADP) reflects a profound shift from project-based to product-based delivery, hinged…


Mastering Team and Technical Agility with SAFe

What is SAFe Team and Technical Agility? Team and Technical Agility refers to the ability of development teams to adapt rapidly to changing customer needs, business goals, or technology while maintaining a high standard of work and technical excellence. Originating from the Agile Manifesto (Kent…