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Going Beyond Scrum to Scrum as Example

January 8, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

If you are having troubles with Agile at the team level you should read this - Scrum as Example. It is designed both for those using Scrum and those about to start. It is an extension of Scrum in that you can start with Scrum (the practices in the example are Scrum practices), but by realizing that these practices represent decisions that Scrum has been made for you, it gives you the opportunity to make better decisions when your context warrants it.

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Why Net Objectives Is Going from Gold to Bronze in 2018

January 7, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

In mid-January we’ll become a bronze partner with SAFe after being gold for about 5 years. In reality, we’ve never been much of a SAFe shop. Our SAFe related revenues always being a very small percentage of our business.

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What We Can Learn From Mob Programming

December 27, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

First, full disclosure. I have never used or even seen mob programming.  When its creator, Woody Zuill, first mentioned it to me I was intrigued but wasn’t sure it would work efficiently. But, knowing Woody, I didn’t doubt it worked. Just figured only for small, independent teams.  After talking to him recently I have changed my mind. This blog is my understanding of mob-programming now, inspired by Woody’s insights. Attribute anything valuable about mob-programming to Woody, anything incorrect to me.

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Why when Agile Crossed the Chasm It Stopped Being Agile

December 16, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Before Agile crossed the chasm it was being adopted mostly by teams.  When it crossed the chasm it started being adopted by organizations.  Unfortunately, the early success has become a massive bog.  So many companies have had such bad experiences with Agile that it has become a bad word in some places.  What is so different about Agile as it started and Agile at scale?

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An Explanation of My Framework/Method Hopping

December 5, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I am proud of the fact that I have been accused of method hopping.  I have and I do. The question is why.  Essentially I use whatever method I find to be valuable.  Some have come and gone as being at the top of my list.  Twelve years of building and expanding our own I finally see value in documenting it and using it as our explicit platform.  But let me explain my history.  This is not just a personal story, but is intended to illustrate some learnings.

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