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The difference between Velocity, Capacity, and Load — a clarification of terms

We often see a lot of confusion among new agile practitioners in regards to the definition and use of the terms Velocity, Capacity, and Load. As the terms are often measured in points or idealized engineer/developer days, it is important to use the terms correctly so that our measurement is clear accuracy is self improving over time. The following definitions…
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Using SAFe 4.5 on Government Contracts

Quite a number of federal government programs have been adopting SAFe 4.0.  The challenge has been to consider whether to use 3-level SAFe, 4-level SAFe, or some modified combination. There is also additional complexity in managing multiple contracts on the same program, manage changing scope, and to work a portfolio of one program to support all the compliance needs.
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SAFe for Government: Observations

Steve Mayner and I led two sessions on applying Lean-Agile principles and SAFe in a government context at the SAFe Summit and were both surprised at the level of interest and engagement.  We presented a session titled “SAFe for Government Programs” which discussed many of the unique challenges adopting SAFe and its principles within the federal U.S. government and described a path…
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Can Hardware Teams Outperform Software Teams When Adopting Agile and SAFe®?

Many have discussed, and some have questioned, how Scrum and agile principles apply to non-software disciplines. Can they apply? Will they provide benefits? We’ve been working with a large program that has gone “all in” scaling and applying agile.  They build complex defense systems with hundreds of mechanical, electrical, and embedded software engineers and significant compliance demands.
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Best Practices for Global Configuration Management to Support Product Line Engineering

The examples are shown in the IBM Collaborative Lifecycle Management tools combined with the Global Configuration Management capability. The example is also based on a complex customer scenario with Product Line, Releases, shared components… Read More…

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A SAFe® for Lean Systems Engineering Retrospective

We’ve helped many of these customers adopt and scale agile using the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). In doing so, we met with Dean Leffingwell (creator of SAFe) and the team at Scaled Agile (SAI) to discuss some of our perceived challenges using SAFe in an engineering environment… Read More…

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