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THE AGILECRAFT BLOG

AgileCraft Introduces The Lean Portfolio Manifesto: A Conversation Starter

Posted by Steve Elliott on Nov 28, 2018 2:07:17 PM

As agilists, one of our primary drivers is to continuously improve the outcomes of our work. This often means stepping back, taking a critical look at the impact our way of working has on our outcomes, and participating in an inspired, passionate debate about ways to improve them. Every now and then, when engaged in debates of this nature, you stumble upon something monumentally huge: a critical problem or set of related problems that, if solved, can help hundreds of thousands of people be better at what they do. That’s when it’s time for your crew to buckle down, flex those brain muscles, and figure out how to communicate the message in a digestible, clear way that will maximize its value to and impact on the market, and ultimately, future customers.

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Topics: agile at scale, enterprise agile, lean agile, Digital transformation, lean portfolio, lean, portfolio-management

Build Scale with Strength: Creating an Agile Program Management Powerhouse (part 2)

Posted by Steve Elliott on Oct 8, 2018 1:15:00 PM
Last week, I talked about my Grandpa's "powerhouse" workshop, how AgileCraft models its "powerhouse" program management features after the way he carefully thought about the most efficient way of getting work done and how his careful creation of this work environment inspired me.  We've developed these features over the years, in collaboration with our customers and partners, and continue to refine as we learn more about how our customers scale for success in the enterprise.
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Topics: agile at scale, enterprise agile, program management, lean agile, Digital transformation

Build Scale with Strength: Creating an Agile Program Management Powerhouse (part 1)

Posted by Steve Elliott on Sep 26, 2018 1:15:00 PM

At AgileCraft, we are driven to expose and enable what’s truly important to running successful programs and release trains.  We leverage our extensive experience collaborating with customers as they transform their companies to uncover unique insight into the best way to work, day to day, on programs, release trains and PIs. What we’ve discovered is that program managers and RTEs are the soul of servant-leadership on scaled agile teams. They need to have top-to-bottom transparency and insights into all aspects of their programs and release trains. This can only be accomplished when all the elements of the program and associated data can be intelligently connected through tooling.

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Topics: agile at scale, enterprise agile, program management, lean agile, Digital transformation

Value Engineering: Managing Your Innovation Portfolio with Outcome-Based Bets

Posted by Barry O'Reilly on Sep 6, 2018 1:50:46 PM

Steve Elliot, the AgileCraft CEO, and I recently conducted a webinar on Value Engineering – if you missed it, please take a look here. This practice is new to many, and yet is truly lean way of maximizing your innovation portfolio, products and investments. We had such an incredible response to the webinar, that we decided to jointly publish a white paper which goes into much more detail about how to implement Value Engineering in your organization, along with some real success stories. This white paper can be downloaded for free in the AgileCraft resource library. 

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Topics: value-engineering, agile at scale, Enterprise Scaled Agile, enterprise agile, portfolio-management

Steve's Top 10 #WorldsMostAgile Humans List

Posted by Steve Elliott on Jul 10, 2018 1:09:18 PM

In my last post, I covered the seven characteristics of what being #WorldsMostAgile means to me. These were inspired by a group of humans that have had or are currently changing the world with their ability to think and act with agility. So without further ado, I’ll introduce you to my dream team roster of #WorldsMostAgile humans, divided into two categories:

The first list includes the immediate movers and shakers who are currently tearing it up out there on the front lines, in the throes of their immediate transformation successes. The second list covers the lifetime achievement awards, for leaders who have changed the world in over the course of their long and influential careers

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Topics: Scaled Agile, Agile, Digital transformation, Enterprise Scaled Agile, CIO, enterprise agile, agile at scale, strategy, lean agile, leadership

The 7 Attributes of the #WorldsMostAgile Humans

Posted by Steve Elliott on Jun 25, 2018 12:43:42 PM

At AgileCraft we like to have a little fun, and one night, after we were up late building out the new website (I sure hope you like it!), we did a little joshing around about what agile superheroes might be able to do. Could they jump 50 release trains in a single bound? Could they groom a backlog using mind powers? Photoshop, a few beers and some stock photos of millennials with impressive beards got involved, and, well, we ended up with this tongue-in-cheek portfolio of the #WorldsMostAgile humans. And hey – if you can think of any superhuman agile powers, feel free to submit them to add to our collection! 

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Topics: Scaled Agile, Agile, Digital transformation, Enterprise Scaled Agile, CIO, enterprise agile, agile at scale, strategy, lean agile, leadership

The Perils of Marketplace Apps and Heavy Jira Customization – Advice from Atlassian and Steve

Posted by Steve Elliott on May 30, 2018 2:27:09 PM

Atlassian recently released a terrific, yet cautionary, article and infographic on strategic ways to prepare for scaling Jira to the enterprise. They shared some pretty mind-boggling statistics on the size and scale of their enterprise-sized customers’ Jira instances. As a Jira fan, my eyebrows raised so high they nearly left my head when I read the statistics around the sheer scale of what enterprises are doing with Jira at the team level:

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Topics: Scaled Agile, Agile, Digital transformation, Enterprise Scaled Agile, CIO, enterprise agile, JIRA, atlassian, agile at scale, strategy