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How To Abandon Practices

November 13, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

We often hear no one size fits all, but then no one explains how to abandon the practices of what they preach. While Scrum is a great team framework, not all of the Scrum practices mandates in the framework should be used all of the time. In an earlier blog, The Right Way to Do Scrum-But I talked about the need to continue achieving the purpose of the abandoned practice.


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Practices, Principles and Approaches

November 4, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I write this just before delivering a Leading SAFe course. I was considering the need to go beyond the practices of any approach one teaches. When I use the word "approach" interpret it to mean "approach/framework/method" if you believe what you do is not an approach.


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What Team Level Approaches Should Consider

November 2, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

All models are wrong, some are useful - George Box

In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are different. Einstein

Paraphrasing Wittgenstein: He who understands things finally recognizes their propositions as senseless, when he has climbed out through them, on them, over them, he must so to speak, throw away the ladder, after he has climbed up on it-then he sees the world rightly.


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Reflections on Design Patterns After Two Decades

October 29, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

On the 20th Anniversary of Design Patterns, the InformIT editorial team decided to ask several patterns gurus for their reflection on patterns over the last two decades.  You can see the entire article here.

Here's Jim Trott and my post - Design Patterns in an Agile World


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Purpose, not Features

October 28, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I keep hearing people ask about how to improve agile requirements. I agree that mere decomposition of epics into features into stories into right sized stories into tasks is not enough. In fact, it misses the point. In fact, most of the time customers don't know what they want. Henry Ford said - "If I had asked people what they wanted they would have said 'faster horses'".  So how can we find out what they really want.  It's not as hard as you might think. But it takes looking in a different place than we normally do.


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