Should All Agile Teams in SAFe Release Trains Work “…the same way?” Should They Be Expected To?

By Greg Tutunjian / July 11, 2020 /

I’ve been engaged in a dialogue via LinkedIn messaging with a new Product Owner assigned to three Scrum teams within the same Agile Release Train (ART.) Her latest question focused on whether she (or they) should expect the three teams to operate identically (and should she interact with them the same way) or should each…

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How Do I Convince Software Engineers to Adopt TDD and BDD?

By Greg Tutunjian / July 8, 2020 /

This question was raised last night on the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) community forum. It’s a common refrain: How do we encourage people to break existing patterns and learn new things (especially when they’ve been successful for so long.) Here’s what I said: Senior engineers (and most people) need to recognize the value in adopting a…

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Management Rewired: Why Feedback Doesn’t Work and Other Surprising Lessons from the Latest Brain Science

By Greg Tutunjian / January 30, 2020 /

I was thrilled to find this book as a means of discovering a more quantitative way to assess the value of feedback and how to use it (more effectively.) I was also excited to learn more about the adoption of neuroscience in everyday life. The author, Charles Jacobs, is a principal at 180 | Partners…

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Group Works: A Pattern Language for Bringing Life to Meetings and Other Gatherings

By Greg Tutunjian / December 19, 2019 /

Introduction A few months ago I learned about the Group Pattern Language Project and the associated Group Works card deck. One purpose of this group (and this deck) is to improve our gatherings (whether they be business meetings, brainstorming sessions or town halls.) Another purpose is to learn more about each other in the context…

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