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The Value of Effective Practices Process and practices are not the same

October 17, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Processes must be adapted to where they are being used. A practice is considered effective when it has virtually no cost while providing high returns some to most of the time. Such a practice should always be used. Practices are defined in a domain. A medical practice is a doctor washing her hands before seeing a patient. Virtually no investment but big payoff at times. BTW this practice was originally argued against–check out Ignaz Semmelweis on Wikipedia.

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What Agilists Can Learn From Watching 6 Year Olds Playing Soccer

October 17, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Since Scrum was modeled after a sport (rugby) I thought I’d write about its ancestor–soccer. I coached my youngest in soccer when he was 6.  As you might imagine, it was mostly 20 kids running around a ball with forlorn goalies on each side of the field. We told them they needed to space themselves out to no avail.  Finally, I got the idea of putting wristbands on the wrist which corresponded to the side of the field they were to play on.  We’d call out “look at your wrist” which worked surprisingly well.

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A Reflection On Development for Almost 50 Years

October 16, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I am 65 today. Started coding 47 years ago and I am writing a series of blogs reflecting on where we are. I remember the debates in the 70s about structured programming and in the 80s about languages. Each decade brought its own debate. But no matter what we knew two things were constant:

1)    There were never enough capable developers around

2)    We didn’t really know what the best methods to get our work done were

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"Introducing" Design Patterns Thinking

October 16, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I put "introducing" in quotes because we've been doing this for almost two decades. But few people seem to be aware of patterns as a thought process so I thought I'd start writing more about it. Most everyone has learned that design patterns are valuable as “solutions to recurring problems in a context.” Since their identification we’ve seen patterns hatching (combining patterns), refactoring to patterns (changing designs until they implement the intention of patterns), and thinking in patterns (thinking in terms of the problems the patterns portend to solve).

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Using Flow and Better Eco-Systems to Improve Agile (Linkedin)

October 16, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Using Flow and

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