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In October of 2018, the Department of Defense did a few things unprecedented in the Agile development space.  The Defense Innovation Board released a document for open publication and review providing guidance to Department of Defense programs struggling with Agile development. This document, The DIB Guide: Detecting Agile BS, is remarkable in a couple of […]

This post was co-authored with Bob Wen. “What is your name?…What is your quest?…” Monty Python and the Holy Grail A practice that most teams adopt from Scrum is the Daily Standup or “Daily Scrum”. In this timeboxed meeting, the members of the team, usually standing by a whiteboard with sticky notes or looking at […]

As teams begin to work in an Agile fashion, dividing up work into smaller batch sizes so that it fits in smaller iterations, many business stakeholders wonder about whether the broader themes that they want can be realized from the development and deployment of all these “stories”.  To that end, many businesses take those stories […]

This post is a collaborative effort between Bob Wen and Tracy Walton. When undergoing a SAFe transformation, many organizations start with the familiar. This may include adapting tools currently in use, such as Jira. Jira is flexible to take on the changes from SAFe, but does require some additions. Let’s take a look at what changes […]

I was estactic with the recent announcement that Atlassian had acquired AgileCraft (now Jira Align) for $166 million. As a SAFe Program Consultant and aficionado, I have written about how to use Portfolio for Jira to map the Portfolio and Large Solution levels when going beyond Essential SAFe. I’m always on the lookout for ways […]

We’ve talked about using Jira to implement the Scaled Agile Framework or SAFe before.  On those occasions, when looking at the framework we’ve narrowed the focus to the Agile Release Train (ART) and the teams, commonly known as the Program level of SAFe.  But what happens if you’re a business stakeholder looking to see when […]

For those of you who attended our Stay SAFe with Jira webinar yesterday, I would like to thank you for your participation. If you weren’t able to make it to the webinar, feel free to watch the recording. Watching the webinar, you may be wondering if the strategies we discussed can be used even if […]

The PI Planning meeting is a hallmark practice for the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).  In this 2-day meeting, everyone from development teams, architects, business leadership, and stakeholders meet to align the Agile Release Train (ART) for the upcoming Program Increment (PI).  When done correctly, the benefits can be staggering: as reported in a 2018 SAFe […]

If you remember from my previous blog article, we saw how the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) used Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF) as its mechanism for prioritziation. Whether you are getting ready for your SAFe transformation or you’d like to prioritize any efforts that are too large or complex to be done in a single […]

This year, Isos Technology was honored to be a platinum sponsor of Agile Arizona. Agile Arizona is the Southwest’s regional conference for Scum & Agile practitioners, coaches, trainers and enthusiasts. You probably noticed the logo of Agile Arizona is the Desert Jack Rabbit (AKA Hare) native to Arizona. Why do you think this is the […]