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The Need for Proper Training of Team-Agility

July 19, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

There is a lot of bad Agile out there. We all know this and have seen it. There are a lot of reasons for it, but one that I think is a major cause of it is not discussed very much. That is that the way we teach it – as a series of steps to follow. While this makes it easy to follow, it sets up people for not really understanding why they are doing what they are doing. I understand that people want to know what to do and we do need to give them tangible practices to start with. But the objective of what to do is equally essential – and is often not discussed.

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The Role of Management in SAFe

June 21, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I was asked to chime in on a discussion group about the role of Management in SAFe and as I was writing it up I thought it’d come out better as a blog.

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Besides Simple and Complicated What Other Choices Are There Besides Chaos and Complexity?

June 15, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I changed the title of my recent blog to "Why Simple Or Overly Complicated Solutions Often Don't Work Well for Complex Systems" because from the comments I’ve been getting on the blog I realize that there is a disconnect between the meaning of “complicated” in Gall’s Law and how complicated is viewed in the Agile industry based on Cynefin. But I also realize that the point of the blog was not clear enough. The choices are not between a simple solution or a complicated one (in this sense I mean hard to grasp).

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Why Simple Or Overly Complicated Solutions Often Don't Work Well for Complex Systems

June 13, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Executive Summary

Lean-Agile transformation consultants tend to provide one of two types of approaches to their clients:

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Manual Testing and Acceptance Test Automation

June 1, 2017 — Posted by Scott Bain

Acceptance tests should always be considered "executable specifications" of the system. This is equally true whether that "executable" part is an automated aspect of your process or not.

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Al Shalloway
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