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Small Thoughts: Lean and Agile

December 2, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Lean is a very misunderstood term. While Lean includes a collection of knowledge about flow, Lean-management, Lean-culture and Lean-tools it is not any of these. First and foremost Lean is based on systems thinking which means practitioners take a holistic view of the company they are working in. I sometimes hear people say "we do Lean inside of Scrum." What they should be saying is "we use Lean tools inside of Scrum." There is a difference.


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What Team-Level Approaches Should Include

November 29, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Scrum, Kanban and the Kanban Method (henceforth called LKU Kanban*) have had great success with many organizations.  But there are also many patterns of challenge in all of these methods. I outlined some of these in my blog Framework Tunnel Vision. I believe the way around these dysfunctional patterns is to step back and reflect on what a team-level approach should consider.


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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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