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This week we tackle chapter 20 of L. David Marquet’s Turn the Ship Around! (have you bought your copy?). Chapter 20 completes part 3 which has focused on competence and the run-up to the deployment of the Santa Fe. The title of this chapter is Final Preparations.  We have six or seven weeks left  – Steven Adams is pushing for re-reading Release It, the other option is The Checklist Manifesto.  Both are great . . . thoughts? (more…)

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In week ten of the re-read of L. David Marquet’s Turn the Ship Around! we add two more mechanisms for control and complete part two the book. This week the two chapters are A New Ship and We Have A Problem. (more…)

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In week nine of the re-read of L. David Marquet’s Turn the Ship Around! we continue to sail through the heart of Marquet’s leadership model.  This week the two chapters are Up Scope! and Who’s Responsible? (more…)

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In week seven of the re-read of L. David Marquet’s Turn the Ship Around! we begin Part 2 of the book and tackle chapters 8 and 9, titled Change, In a Word and Welcome Aboard Sante Fe. (more…)

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In week five of the re-read of L. David Marquet’s Turn the Ship Around! we tackle chapters five and six.  These two chapters, titled Call to Action and Whatever They Tell Me To Do! continue to tell the stories that form the basis for Marquet’s leadership model.  (more…)

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Before we wrap up our re-read of Daniel S. Vacanti’s Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction (buy a copy today) remember that we will begin our re-read of Turn the Ship Around by L. David Marquet next week and I am stoked Buy your copy and listen to the interview I did with Mr. Marquet (SPaMCAST 202). If you want to get ahead, the book after that will be The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (I recently bought a copy and want to share what I have gotten out of it). Now on to the main attraction!

This week we conclude our re-read of Daniel S. Vacanti’s Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction (buy a copy today). Over the past 18 weeks, we have explored the power of a few metrics to help teams deliver value.  None of the books we have explored in the re-read series are simple, one-idea books. The complexity of these books are the reason they are important, but it makes it difficult to boil them down into a few words. If pressed for a one-line summary, I would say that it is that every team or organization should use data to pursue continuous improvement.There are four concepts that I would like to revisit as we conclude. They are:  (more…)

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Chapter 12 of Daniel S. Vacanti’s Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction (buy a copy today) is titled Service Level Agreements.  Service Level Agreements (SLA) are an agreement to perform within certain limits based on past performance.  SLAs can be derived based on data visualization.  As with previous chapters, Vacanti begins with a reminder. In this case, the reminder concerns the percentile lines that were drawn on scatter plots in chapter 10.  The percentile lines tell us the probability of a story completed in an amount of time up to a specific cycle time.  In our discussion of chapter 10 we drew a line on a scatter plot where half of the observations were above the line and half below. The percentile line can be used to define an SLA. (more…)