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Is PMP still worth it if I am doing Agile? - w/ Jesse Fewell

Jimi Fosdick at SG2017 on going from PMP to CST

Parikshit Basrur and the Agile Transformation Playbook

Savannah Rayat - Enhancing your life with Personal Agility

Tracking Scrum Master Performance w/ Troy Lightfoot

Forecasting Tools Based on Team Performance with Troy Magennis

In this special video podcast, FocusedObjective’s Troy Magennis provides a walk through of two important tools that can help you in understanding the impact of trying to inject work into your team’s backlog and in forecasting how much work your teams can achieve within a certain time frame.

 

Forecasting Tools Based on Team Performance with Troy Magennis from Dave Prior on Vimeo.

In the first part of the video, Troy presented the Multiple Feature Cut Line Forecaster. When people in your organization start trying to add work into a team’s workflow, this tool will help you understand the impact of the added work and help you assess the impact of reprioritizing the work to deal with the additional work. If you need a way of showing management how their new requests are going to negatively impact your team’s ability to deliver, or if you just want to help them make smarter choices about what work they are adding to your plate, the walk thru presents a simple explanation of how this tool can be used to help your organization make smarter choices.

In the second part of the video (12:30), Troy presents the Multiple Team Forecaster. This tool will allow you to use historical data from multiple teams in your organization to understand their throughput, even though they are sizing and estimating work in completely different ways. This is especially valuable if you are working in an organization where you have multiple teams and you are considering standardizing their estimation process so that you can get a better sense of how they are doing with delivering work across the portfolio. You do not have to standardize on a specific method of estimation - let the teams do what they do. Using this tool you can look at how each team is delivering, based on historical data, to get a better sense of their ability to deliver a certain amount of work within a given time frame. 

Troy makes these and a number of other incredibly valuable tools free to the public. You can find them by going to http://focusedobjective.com or http://bit.ly/SimResources.

If you’d like to learn more about the tools Troy has created, you can contact him via his website above, follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/t_magennis  or you can see him present them in person. He is going to be holding a workshop on Forecasting Using Data in Austin, TX on November 17. You can find information about this event here: http://forecastingusingdata.eventbrite.com

He will also be appearing at a few local user group events:

Lean Kanban Meetup  - November 17 - https://www.meetup.com/leankanbanaustin/events/235274658/

Agile at Scale User Group meet up - November 18 - http://www.meetup.com/AgileAustin/events/235207828/?gj=co2&rv=co2

Posted on: November 10, 2016 02:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

drunkenpm radio Ep. 1 - Interviews with Shane Hastie, Troy Magennis and John D. Cook.

I've changed the way I am doing the interviews and putting the podcasts together. So, this is a bit of a test and any feedback would be greatly appreciated...

Part 1 - Interview with Shane Hastie on Hybrid Agile models, Business (Organizational) Agility and Bimodal.

Part 2 - Interview with John D. Cook and Troy Magennis on data literacy, what we should be looking at and finding the multiplying factors to help us increase productivity.


Any feedback (good, bad, whatever) would be greatly appreciated. You can reach me at drunkenpm@gmail.com or twitter.com/drunkenpm.

 

Following a suggestion from Derek Huether, I'm including some notes (below) to moments in the interviews you may find of interest.

Some info on the interviewees:
Shane Hastie on LinkedIn and Twitter
Troy Magennis at FocusedObjective or on Twitter
John D. Cook can be found on his website, or on Twitter.
 

Shane Hastie Interview

Podcast Overview 00:44

Shane Interview Start 02:14

Opening question on hybrids, organizational agility, and bimodal 02:32

Will Hybrid models continue to exist 03:31

Letting Infrastructure off the hook  03:50

Why knowledge workers aren’t off the hook 04:25

Infrastructure example to explain where you need traditional and where you need agile 05:00

Where you need incremental roll out without iterative change 06:05

The  PMP / Architect Happy Dance 07:00

The Agile people are all spitting on themselves 07:24

Launching a new product example 07:50

Learning is everything - you want Lean Startup 08:10

Knowing when to stop pivoting 08:50

Agile is spot on - Learning and Adapting 09:10

The goal is not agile, the goal is learning 09:30

Are we making progress 09:58

Throwing down the Agile banner 10:21

Agile is just a set of tools and a nice brand 10:40

We are still addicted to waterfall 11:00

People have been successful in the old way or working 11:25

There are not many pathological managers out there. 12:05

Helping them see that the global paradigm of business has changed 12:20 

Finding the right combination of techniques and practices12:35

Packing agile brands 12:50

Can you design a new insurance product with TDD 13:19

What about the people who do not recognize that the business paradigm has changed 13:41

The pace of change is increasing 14:30

Cultural Change Officer 14:43

People don’t resist change unless they can’t see the benefits 15:00

Finding the personal win 15:40

Defining (Organizational) Business Agility 16:40

Bimodal 17:45

Leveraging skill and knowledge of people in your organization 18:33

Practices designed to fill the gaps in Agile 18:50

Shane’s favorites from the Agile 2015 19:40

Defining value for organizations 12:08

Teaching the organization 21:00

If we could all be Sweden… 21:50

Wrap up 22:00

 

John Cook and Troy Magennis Interview

Intro 22:35

Are we data literate enough? 24:05

experiments and lean startup 24:34

Using legacy charts we don’t understand 15:00

Bing addicted to bad data in legacy charts 25:20

How do we help them see the right data 25:50

What should we measure and look at 26:23

Working on multiple projects 26:35

How much work are we doing 27:00

When they ignore what the data tells them 27:30

The chronic problem of multitasking 28:00

Extreme examples from academia and leveling 29:22

Tools fostering dysfunction 29:50

How do we teach them to ask for better stuff 30:25

We knew this stuff and we threw it all away 31:00

Agile and the laws of physics 31:15

Probability in the future 31:30

A predictable environment  vs rolling dice 32:15

How long will things take 32:40

Creating / Defining a stable team 33:00

Tracking interruptions per week: 33:23

Helping hem understand why interrupts are bad by visualizing it 34:20

Understanding the difference between what you do and what the tool says you do 35:25

Interrupting managers v interrupting programmers 35:40

Tracking positive interruptions 36:00

A level playing field - they all suck so it worked well 37:15

The managers that will breed 38:00

Finding the multiplying factors 38:35

Technical Debt 39:10

Figuring out if we are looking at something meaningful 39:45

What is the mission with respect to data? 40:10

Trying to find the best course of action 40:45

We’re more about removing metrics and detail 41:10

Closing 41:40

Posted on: December 21, 2015 02:28 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Agile 2015 Video Podcast - Troy Magennis

Troy Magennis sits down with Dave Prior at Agile 2015.

Posted on: August 24, 2015 05:41 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Agile 2014 Interview with Troy Magennis

Focused Objective's Troy Magennis is at Agile 2014 to deliver a presentation called Moneyball for Software Projects: Agile Metrics for the Metrically Challenged. Agile Metrics are a very hot topic at Agile 2014 and Troy's approach is footed in something many of us who are statistically challenged (myself included) may find more accessible. Troy has taken many of the techniques used by Billy Beane and the Oakland A's that were featured in Michael Lewis' book Moneyball... (and yeah, there is a movie). In this interview Troy and I discuss his approach and how he's been working with it.  

One of the more impressive things Troy has done is come up with a way to use metrics to determine when Scrum will deliver best for you and when you should make the switch to Kanban.

Posted on: August 01, 2014 11:37 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)
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