Mark Des Biens

Mark Des Biens is currently working as a Solutions Engineer and Implementation Consultant at CollabNet. Mark has more than 20 years of project experience and has worked with dozens of companies looking to improve their enterprise agility. He has been a Scrum Master and agile program manager and is one of the founding members of the Midwest Agile Community Meetup group. Mark has presented at numerous PMI, Agile Alliance, Agile Day Chicago and Agile Meetups.

  • How SAFe is VersionOne?

    How SAFe is VersionOne?

    Find out the top 10 ways that VersionOne supports SAFe.

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  • Mapping Use Cases with Portfolio Items, Projects, and Stories

    Mapping Use Cases with Portfolio Items, Projects, and Stories

    I’m working with a customer who needed to put their “as-is” product use cases into VersionOne Lifecycle. After looking at several options, we decided to use a combination of planning levels,...

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  • Improved Project Visibility: A Top 3 Benefit of Agile

    Improved Project Visibility: A Top 3 Benefit of Agile

    Visibility, the ability to see what is in front of you, is critically important for companies in order to remain profitable and relevant in their industry. Imagine how difficult it would be for...

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  • New VersionOne Program Board Supports SAFe Program Increment (PI) Planning

    New VersionOne Program Board Supports SAFe Program Increment (PI) Planning

    If your organization is implementing Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), then you’ll want to take a look at VersionOne’s new Program Board which is central to Program Increment (PI) planning.

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  • Is the Process Fix In?

    Is the Process Fix In?

    In the best selling book Who Moved My Cheese?, author Spencer Johnson tells the fictional tale  of two mice, and two humans who must deal with the inevitable changes happening in their “cheese”...

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  • SAFe Team Program Increment Objectives in Community Topics

    SAFe Team Program Increment Objectives in Community Topics

    Using the VersionOne Communities and Topics to present team objectives is a fast and efficient way clearly display your Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) Team Program Increment (PI) objectives....

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  • Budgeting Your Strategic Themes to Help Teams Deliver Value 

    Budgeting Your Strategic Themes to Help Teams Deliver Value 

    stra·te·gic – strəˈtējik/ adjective relating to the identification of long-term or overall aims and interests and the means of achieving them.(Source: Google) Taking a strategic approach to your...

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  • Estimation Accuracy It’s Not Just a Report

    Estimation Accuracy It’s Not Just a Report

    Estimation Accuracy – Effort (Done and/or To Do) vs. Detail Estimate by Iteration Have you ever wondered how accurate your sprint detailed planning estimates are, and if there may be room for...

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  • Backlog Item Roll-ups to the Portfolio Item

    Backlog Item Roll-ups to the Portfolio Item

    roll-up (noun) – denoting something that can be rolled up. “roll-up panels” If backlog items are the gears that make agile software delivery work, then portfolio items can be looked at as the gear...

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  • Guardrails for Backlog Items-7 Things Every Story Needs

    Guardrails for Backlog Items-7 Things Every Story Needs

    People ask us all the time – “What are the must use fields that every team should use?” While this is the ultimate “It Depends” answer, I have found that setting a few key guardrails for team...

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  • Guardrails for Backlog Items-7 Things Every Story Needs

    Guardrails for Backlog Items-7 Things Every Story Needs

    People ask us all the time – “What are the must use fields that every team should use?” While this is the ultimate “It Depends” answer, I have found that setting a few key guardrails for team...

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  • Tracking Actual Effort and To-Do (Remaining) Hours

    Tracking Actual Effort and To-Do (Remaining) Hours

    Are you tracking your to-do and effort hours the most efficient way in VersionOne? You don’t need to edit your tasks or stories to update these values. By using the Track capability, members can...

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  • Next Sprint Cut Line in the VersionOne TeamRoom Backlog Panel

    Next Sprint Cut Line in the VersionOne TeamRoom Backlog Panel

    What does that line in the backlog list in your VersionOne TeamRoom™ represent? It’s the next sprint cut line based on your team’s average velocity and the prioritized backlog for your team.  It’s...

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  • Backlog Item Count by Project

    Backlog Item Count by Project

    The VersionOne Backlog Item Count by Project analytics report is a great visual way to see backlog items closed, added and planned along with percent completed.  This one-stop Analytics Report has...

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  • Time to Celebrate with Great Reviews!

    Time to Celebrate with Great Reviews!

    Someone recently asked me what one thing would make any company’s Agile transformation and adoption more successful? Almost before the question left their lips, I shot back – “great reviews,...

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  • Using Conversations to Help Business and Development Work Together

    Using Conversations to Help Business and Development Work Together

    A very important component of the agile mindset is the partnership of business and development. When your company culture shifts away from silos to an all-for-one mentality where teams are working...

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