Features, Not Stories, Are the Real Measure of Value

In a recent Business Insider story, Atlassian’s President, Jay Simons was quoted as saying, in respect to companies’ challenges delivering software at scale across teams and programs, and as to why Atlassian acquired AgileCraft: “For really large enterprises, this is a really gnarly problem,” Simons said. “They need the ability to make these kinds of…

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Part 3: 11 Questions to Ask Yourself To Shift Your Energy From Mean-Fragile to Lead-Agile

In part 1, I introduced you to a mean-fragile leader and told you my story of being led by one – the Chief Engineering Officer (CHENG) of the USS Constellation (CV-64). I also shared my experience with a mean-fragile leader in the corporate world. In part 2, I introduced you to a lean-agile leader and…

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Part 2: Understanding Lean-Agile Leadership

In part 1 of this series, we talked about what a mean-fragile leader looks like. What is the opposite of the mean-fragile leader? I’ll get to that, but first a story. Prior to serving on Connie (see part 1), I served on USS Boulder (LST-1190), a Naval Reserve ship supporting training of Naval reservists. What…

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Lean-Agile or Mean-Fragile: Which Type of Leader Are You

“My name is Commander …..crea. It’s easy to remember because it rhymes with diarrhea.” It’s 1989 and I’m standing in a sweaty, noisy, dull grey 10’ x 10’ compartment on an aircraft carrier in overhaul in Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. I’d just reported aboard as the newest officer in the Engineering Department. This is the way…

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Why I love SAFe 4.0 Part II – Scaling with AgileCraft™

As I shared in Part I of this post, “Why I love SAFe V4.0,” I’ve been involved in software development since 1978. During this time, I’ve worked for or consulted to organizations spanning in size from 50-75 people to multi-national firms, using a range of methodologies from ad hoc through waterfall and on to iterative…

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Why I love SAFe® 4.0

I coded, or at least tried to code, my first program in 1978 in junior high school on a VAX mini using punch cards. That was followed by my first personal computer – an Atari 800 with a 14.4k modem and a cassette player for storage. I’ve been involved in software development on a small…

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