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Christopher Davey

This is my second time around the SAFe SA certification, I’d previously obtained this certificate way back in SAFe 4. Since that time my perspective has grown and my mindset has continued to grow. My views around agility have simplified to a few basic tests (below) backed up with all of the fun stuff around people, motivations and engagement:

  1. Are you able and willing to obtain feedback on actual solution implementation quickly? Yes “quickly” is a relative term but my view is fortnight downwards, where smaller is better.
  2. Are you able and willing to use that feedback to make decisions…

If you came across this article in your Medium feed it will have provided you with an estimated read time. What is the value proposition of this estimate? It allows you to make an important decision about a really valuable thing, your time. The actual value is somewhat irrelevant as some of us (me) read much slower than others. However, it does allow all of us to gain an understand of the commitment and therefore make a decision. So thanks for spending however long it took you to read until this point.

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In software-delivery estimates are often seen as a…


Last week I posted an update on LinkedIn about how weekly status reporting via documentation (traditionally project status reports) goes against the agile principle of “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools”. Especially when neither side of the project boundary have questioned the value of creating it.

Over the weekend I’ve had a few further thoughts on the subject and thought it might be worth elaborating in an article.

  1. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools. As examined in the initial article this type of documentation by default is certainly emphasizing the process and tools over the individuals and interactions…


Time to bounce

This last weekend was grey, cold and dank. It certainly wasn’t the best of weather for keeping my three daughters amused. They found their own solution to the amusement problem by all going outside in the cold depressing grey weather and jumping on a trampoline. Zipped inside the trampoline safety-net I largely left them to it. Turns out that three kids of various ages can easily and naturally self-organise around nothing more than bouncing. They naturally collaborated to create games, to synchronise activity to ensure that each one of them is getting enjoyment and achievement. All in the space of…


Not that keyboard

I’ve noticed lately that if I want to do some creative or thoughtful writing I default to a pen and paper. Usually a large blank sheet of paper that I can write, draw, doodle or otherwise deface. This is coming from the guy that first started using a word processor on an IBM 8088 in Word 2. Those heady days when my step-dad bought home a computer that warmed a room and seemed to dim the lights. Back in those school days I held a dream that my messy, misspelled (which is why it was messy, duh) hand writing would…


It’s been a very naughty boy!

Scrum of Scrums started as a mitigation for cross team dependencies. A growing pain of scaling your solution. Sometimes a necessity but I’m not sure we put the same level of effort into understanding if we can descale our products, perhaps another article.

So originally Scrum of Scrums was for technical team members to get together and discuss what they needed from the other team. Reducing blockers and ensure that teams are working for the greater good.

Somewhere along the line this has changed. Somewhere along the line, and probably because it’s got the…


Ever get to work or a well visited friends house and not remember the journey? You know you’ve done it but can’t remember the details, time seems to have skipped forward somehow. Welcome to autopilot.

Our brains are wonderfully efficient things. Activities that we perform repeatedly become things that our brains need not trouble our consciousness about. Take riding a bike for example. In order to balance on those two tiny points of rubber connecting to the ground you have to perform some pretty amazing feats. You have to balance, provide momentum, brake, signal to others, lean into corners, observe…


Not me after 2 decades of owning a guitar

Experience is often a commodity on which employment decisions are made. People can progress in organisations via the experience they’ve gained with them. Organisations when recruiting often search for individuals with X+ years of experience for certain roles. Assuming that having prolonged exposure to a skill, problem set or business domain the individual will be more likely to outperform or impart knowledge to others. This assumption clearly has some validity, as we overcome challenges we develop a toolkit of approaches that we can use when we find similar problems. Experience also enables optimisation especially on non-complex tasks. For example, say…


In a recent article I detailed how we could enhance our perspective on #DevOps to be all encompassing in our journey to create positive human behaviours with our products. #ProDevOps is an aim to merge product discovers, delivery and operations into one unified mindset. Given to a team with sufficient support, mastery and autonomy this purpose would drive great outcomes. What I didn’t cover is some of the how. So here it is, a cunning combination of Lean and Agile with a healthy dollop of do the right thing.

Lets start with LeanUX. In the book written by Jeff Gothelf…


DevOps is done, time to start focusing on ProDevOps

By bringing development and operations together organisations have been able to generate a smooth, seamless and joined delivery systems. Amazing things have happened, companies that released software once a month are now able to do this every couple of seconds. Over utilisation of servers that used to take months to migrate onto more powerful boxes can now be automatically scaled in the cloud. The old concepts of developers pushing for change and operations fortifying the walls of status quo are dying out. Well done DevOps your work here is done. …

Christopher Davey

I’m interested in why you do the things you do and why I do the things I do. I help people explore their truths and business engage their individuals.

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