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About Ahmed Syed

I write about my experiences coaching and implementing SAFe in the real world. My focus is on real world implementation and lessons learned from companies across industry implementing Scaled Agile in their organisations.

How I think of Scaled Agile Estimation

By | 2017-09-16T11:08:17+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Agile|

In Scaled Agile understanding the overall capacity of your Agile Release Train (ART) is extremely important to determine what is achievable and when by a collection of Agile teams. Scaled Agile Estimation Philosophy and Mindset In my articles, I typically write about my experiences of implementing SAFe in the Real World giving a step-by-step ‘how-to’ [...]

Five Tips for an effective PI Planning Event

By | 2017-09-16T11:08:17+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Agile, SAFe - Scaled Agile Framework|

SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) is one of a handful of Agile@Scale frameworks used to help multiple Agile teams organise and coordinate to deliver on a vision. No Scaling Framework should be used where it can be avoided, as scale almost inevitably results in a reduction in overall Agility. However, where the vision or outcome necessitates [...]

It’s not SAFe to descend into Waterfall

By | 2017-09-16T11:08:17+00:00 July 29th, 2017|Agile, SAFe - Scaled Agile Framework|

Three deadly traps to avoid when implementing the Scaled Agile Framework. You have a large vision for your organisation, the problem is how do you execute upon this vision when the implementation of that vision may span disparate teams, multiple systems, divisions and even political fiefdoms. SAFe is one approach that is becoming increasingly popular [...]

User Roles, Personas and why they are needed

By | 2017-09-16T11:08:17+00:00 June 5th, 2016|Agile, Scrum|

On traditional projects, requirements are often gathered without taking into consideration the different types of users that may interact with the system. This is problematic, as functionality which may be useful for a specific type of user may be left out, reducing value for that user with the potential to impact revenues. Agile projects focus on the importance [...]

Creating the Product Backlog

By | 2017-09-16T11:08:17+00:00 June 5th, 2016|Agile, Scrum|

Traditional requirements gathering techniques focus on obtaining the maximum amount of information from as wide a user base as possible early in the project lifecycle. The  more effort we put into gathering requirements upfront, the more likely we are to build what the customer will want, right ? Well, this approach makes a number of [...]

What does a good User Story look like?

By | 2017-09-16T11:08:17+00:00 June 5th, 2016|Agile, Scrum|

User Stories are the catalyst for the development process so it is essential to ensure that they are well formed. Bill Wake has suggested the famous INVEST acronym as a guideline for good stories. I for Independent A story should ideally be independent of other stories; there are three main types of dependency: Order Independence Ideally [...]

Top 5 reasons to use Agile User Stories

By | 2016-06-25T09:00:35+00:00 June 5th, 2016|Agile, Scrum|

User Stories originated with Extreme Programming and represent a significant shift from the large documents that make up requirements in traditional projects.User Stories are small 'snippets' of business focused requirements. So why should we even bother with User Stories? How are they an improvement on traditional forms of gathering and documenting requirements? Below we discuss some of [...]

What is an Iteration?

By | 2017-09-16T11:08:17+00:00 June 5th, 2016|Agile, Scrum|

Iteration is a unit of time during which user-valued functionality is created. It is the fundamental unit into which a project is divided. In other words, an Agile project is a series of iterations that continue, back to back, until the project concludes successfully. The exact length of an iteration varies from one project to [...]

What are Scrum Artefacts?

By | 2017-09-16T11:08:17+00:00 June 5th, 2016|Agile|

An artefact is defined by the Oxford dictionary as 'An object made or modified by human workmanship, as opposed to one formed by natural processes'. The Scrum Methodology has three artefacts that are created by the team as a by-product of following the Scrum Process and performing its Ceremonies. The Scrum Artefacts form a group of [...]

What is the Product Backlog?

By | 2017-09-16T11:08:17+00:00 June 5th, 2016|Agile|

Within Scrum one of the key artefacts that drives the delivery process is the Product Backlog. The Product Backlog contains a list of features or items that are ordered according to their business value. Items in the Product Backlog are frequently referred to as PBIs (Product Backlog Items). Usually in Scrum PBIs are formulated as [...]