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This post is an exploration of whether you should be estimating Expense or Effort. Both are required from different processes within the Scaled Agile Framework and there is a route to convert between the two, but which should be the principal estimate and which the derivation?

In a flow based environment where teams pull work towards them an Epic can't dictate to the teams, which makes Epic roadmapping a challenge. This post explores the challenges of Epic Roadmaps and process through which they can be generated.

The purpose of governance is to provide confidence that expensive development projects are progressing at a satisfactory pace and will deliver the required outcomes at the required quality. They are often applied at a ‘whole organization’ level, with all teams required to report into them in the same way. They have often evolved from traditional, linear project management processes, often with checkpoints, gateways, milestones and compliance documents. Which is fine if we believe that the solutions being delivered are relatively stable and unlikely to change. However, what if that’s not the case? How do they cope if the problem space evolves, the criteria for success are unclear or the stakeholders change their minds?

Developing technical solutions is hard work. To make things easier, a number of practices and frameworks have become popular. They provide structure and guidance to help teams develop their solutions more successfully. I’m thinking of things like Scrum, the Kanban Method, User Stories and Test Driven Development. However, doing these things well is also hard work. Despite in depth training, books, conferences and certificates, people still struggle to apply these practices well. Jeff Sutherland, co-founder of Scrum estimates that 58% of Scrum implementations fail...

Portfolios need to build roadmaps to facilitate forecasting activities and to assess time-criticality during prioritisation. This post covers some practical facilitation techniques for Roadmapping activities.

Read one of our student’s testimonial regarding our upcoming course, Better Scrum through Essence.

Portfolios need to build roadmaps to facilitate forecasting activities and to assess time-criticality during prioritisation. This post looks at why Portfolios need to build roadmaps and explores some of the challenges that Portfolio Level Roadmapping faces.

Portfolios are responsible for managing the funding. This post visualises the flow of money within a Lean Portfolio and what that money is pruchasing.

A revised introduction to the Lean Portfolio within the Scaled Agile Framework. It builds the Portfolio up from first principles and showing how all the pieces fit together.

Portfolios are responsible for managing the funding. This post explores Participatory Budgeting, the suggested process within SAFe for determining the investment profile, the budgets, for the Development Value Streams within the Portfolio.

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