Everyday Lean

Lean Thinking, Experience and Experiments

in Enterprise Knowledgework and Services

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Compulsory Basic Training

We need to revisit the meaning and intent of the training classes we run, treating classes such Certified Scrum Master as a professional entry level, the point at which learning starts. A reflection, based on going through Compulsory Basic Training to ride a motorcycle.

Practices, as a social phenomenon, require linking Materials and Competence to Meaning

New Slides: Meaningfully Reframing PI Planning

Slides for Meaningfully Reframing PI Planning (the Lightning Talk I wrote for last week’s European SAFe Summit) are available. This is new thinking, that I’ll be expanding significantly on in the near future.

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SAFe RTE Class Review

A class for practitioners to learn, not to insta-certify wannabes. A big step forward in how classes should be run.

Recent Recipes

Canonical good practices that consistently work in nearly all large scale knowledgework contexts. 

SAFe RTE Class Review

A class for practitioners to learn, not to insta-certify wannabes. A big step forward in how classes should be run.

Recent Patterns

Good practices that are well tried and found repeatedly successful, but have more contextual variability. 

Focus Your Retrospective on the Wildly Important

Set an intermediate challenge, whose achievement will tell you that you’re winning. And then improve like hell towards it.

Recent Experiments

Ways of working that should work, but context may render them ineffective. Some have been tried, some are suggestions based on thinking only.

Compulsory Basic Training

We need to revisit the meaning and intent of the training classes we run, treating classes such Certified Scrum Master as a professional entry level, the point at which learning starts. A reflection, based on going through Compulsory Basic Training to ride a motorcycle.

Scaling Self Selection

Team self-selection is a growing ‘opt-in’ approach to building successful Lean/Agile teams, with resulting reports of increased effectiveness.

Are there lessons we can learn from this in our wider Organisational Transformation approaches?

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Recent Writing

Compulsory Basic Training

We need to revisit the meaning and intent of the training classes we run, treating classes such Certified Scrum Master as a professional entry level, the point at which learning starts. A reflection, based on going through Compulsory Basic Training to ride a motorcycle.

read more