Agile Program Management

Agile Program Management enables teams and teams of teams to deliver value together. It is the practice of visualizing, planning, coordinating, and delivering your organization’s biggest initiatives quickly, effectively, and with clear visibility into the value delivered. Agile Program Management provides structure for teams to practice Program Increment (PI)/Quarterly planning, map dependencies between each other, coordinate and manage how their work gets delivered within the team, across multiple teams and across the entire organization. It enables teams to connect their tool of choice into a program or teams-of-teams board with ease – enabling them to continue delivering value without disruption.

Remote Retrospectives: 11 Tips for Leading Retros Remotely

There is a lot of guidance in the world about hosting retrospectives in person, but not as much about leading remote retrospectives. As a product manager of a Lean/Agile product, I’ve participated in and led my fair share of retrospectives, both remotely and in person.   Retrospectives can be an incredibly helpful tool, giving teams an opportunity to bond, learn, and grow...

Talking OKRs with Planview’s CPO Patrick Tickle

We’re excited to announce that Planview has built Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) capabilities into Planview LeanKit™! In this post, you’ll learn:  why we’ve added OKR capabilities into the Planview platform  why OKRs are particularly valuable for Agile organizations  how OKRs have changed in recent years   what to look for in OKR software  But first, here’s a quick introduction to OKRs,...

Lean Coffee Format for Virtual Teams

What is a Lean Coffee?   The Lean Coffee format is a structured, but agenda-less, meeting designed to facilitate collaborative group discussions. “How can you have structure without an agenda?” you might ask. Allow me to explain.  Seattle-based Lean thinkers Jim Benson and Jeremy Lightsmith are credited with the invention of Lean Coffee. They wanted to start a regular discussion...

What Makes a Successful Agile People Leader?

Agile people leaders know how to build relationships, empower teams and individuals, and keep work aligned with company goals.   They understand that a supported and aligned team is one of the most powerful assets a company can have — and they will work hard to set up their teams for success. In many ways, the Agile people leader is the ultimate servant leader.  Servant...

How to Become an Agile Coach

As Agile has exploded in popularity, more and more people are interested in learning how to become an Agile coach. In fact, “Agile coach” was named as one of Indeed.com’s best jobs in 2019, with an average base salary of $161,377. Meanwhile, the demand for passionate, experienced Agile coaches is at an all-time high.   If you’re passionate about...

Agile ROI: Exploring the Dollars and Sense to Justify Your Agile Investment

The big question around the efficacy of Agile transformation inevitably turns to Agile ROI: Can Agile really improve productivity, decrease risks and costs, and increase revenue? In a recent webinar titled “The ROI of Agile Scaling and Transformation,” Ronnie Pinkerton, Director of Solution Architecture and Steve Wolfe, Enterprise Agile Coach & Evangelist at Planview, explored...

Podcast: Three Agile Experts Discuss Agile Marketing

What does it take to expand Agile practices into business teams like marketing?  That’s the question that host Tim Shisler asked a panel of Agile experts in a recent series on the SAFe Business Agility Podcast. Our own EVP and Chief Marketing Officer Cameron van Orman joined author Jim Ewel and Melissa Reeve, VP of...

Agile Team Names: What’s in a name?

In traditional organizations, teams don’t have to think much about their team name, because it’s usually defined by their function: Marketing team, sales team, etc. But Agile team names? Those require a bit more thought. Choosing a unique Agile team name can be a fun, creative exercise that helps to solidify your team’s identity and...

Managing Risks with ROAM in Agile

Effective risk management is critical to the success of any project, but SAFe® doesn’t offer a clear-cut solution for how to go about it in a scaled Agile environment. Here’s how ROAM risk management can help ensure that you’re effectively managing risks at every level of your Agile organization. Why Risk Management? The importance of...

Boost Your Agile Program in 2021

Some of the most successful organizations like Cisco, Lego, and PlayStation have found significant success by using Agile at scale. They have used various Agile disciplines, leveraged PI Planning, built high performance teams, and more to garner success. It’s that time of year for all members within Agile teams to freshen up on Agile Program...