Shaping Portfolio Agility E6 - Generating portfolio insights that lead to effective interventions Apr 22, 2024

"In most cases, the portfolio itself is under a fog of war. You can't actually see what's going on unless you take your telescope and really zoom in on an area"

Eric Willeke


 

This episode concludes the initial six-part arc laying the foundations of lean portfolio management. The first...

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Coffee Club E6: BDD, Joy, and Helping People with Problems rather than Inflicting Practices Apr 18, 2024

“What’s the moment when you can help people understand the cause of some pain they’re in and offer them something that’s going to help with the pain?”

Mark Richards


 

 Rebecca’s back from Disneyworld!  Mark’s discussion with two of...

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SPCs Unleashed E13: Learn fast by Developing on Cadence and Releasing on Demand Apr 15, 2024

“Can you integrate, and do you do that very frequently on a cadence?  Yes, then that generates learning, and so forth, and so forth!  Und so weiter, und so weiter!”

Ali Hajou


 

Why is it important to Develop on Cadence and Release on Demand?  How fast can...

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Shaping Portfolio Agility E5 - Healthy Portfolio Patterns Apr 15, 2024

"It's common for people to say they have a platform strategy that doesn't necessarily resemble a platform strategy so much as a center of dependency hell"

Mark Richards


 

In Episode 3, we explored the influence of Moore's Zone to Win model on understanding the portfolio ecosystem....

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Shaping Portfolio Agility E4 - Discovering, Designing, and Evolving the Portfolio Ecosystem Apr 08, 2024

"Create the visualizations that are going to be useful, do some cleanup work to create the space for people to think a little more deeply, and then make sure you don't waste their time so they can put some wins on the board"

Eric Willeke


 

With our love of strategy off the leash in...

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Shaping Portfolio Agility E3 - Strategy Partitioning with Portfolios Mar 31, 2024

"I don't want to have a minnow next to a minotaur because the minnow is never going to feature in the conversation"

Mark Richards


 

This is the first episode where we deep-dive into strategy. Whether your portfolio is shaping a strategy or deploying one shaped elsewhere, you need tools...

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SPCs Unleashed E12: Plan, commit, execute, and improve together with a Team of Agile Teams Mar 28, 2024

"Team of teams is not a target state, but rather an opportunity for value creation and delivery"

Stephan Neck


 

As an SPC or other agile change agent, how do you bring the Team of Agile Teams dimension of SAFe's Team and Technical Agility competency to life in your organization? In...

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Shaping Portfolio Agility E2 - What makes a portfolio lean, and what are its jobs to be done? Mar 25, 2024

"In nearly half of the cases I can think of, the things that the teams most hate providing to governance are the same things the governance team doesn't actually want and doesn't know how to tell the teams to stop providing"

Eric Willeke


 

This episode dives into the 'Lean'...

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Coffee Club E5: The challenge of being facilitated and the joy of creating connected talks Mar 21, 2024

"First you sit in the moment, then you dance in the moment, if a little bit later."

Eric Willeke


 

Rebecca's in Disneyworld this week, so Eric and Mark are unsupervised again! We've both just finished our second draft of our talks for the Berlin SAFe Summit, so naturally, we start by...

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Shaping Portfolio Agility E1 - Portfolios: What are they, and what really matters? Mar 18, 2024

"Start with questions that paint a picture of today before you try painting a picture of tomorrow" 

Mark Richards 


 

In this podcast's first episode, we lay the foundations for exploring Lean Portfolio Management. We start with a high-level overview of portfolios and their...

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SPCs Unleashed E11: Create an environment that supports creative thinking and curiosity if you want an Innovation Culture Mar 08, 2024

"Experiment like a scientist, not a mad scientist"

Mark Richards


 

Have you ever asked yourself, "If Innovation was an animal, which one would it be?" That's how Niko started this episode's journey into the Innovation Culture dimension of SAFe's Continuous Learning Culture competency....

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Coffee Club E4: Exploring the power of cohort based training Mar 05, 2024

"I deeply love curiosity-driven learning. Go figure"

Eric Willeke


 

Rebecca leaves Eric and Mark unsupervised this week, and the conversation winds up revolving around Mark's highlight of the week, which is his excitement as he experiences the power of cohort-based training.

The...

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