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A Personal Manifesto

May 28, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Background and the Agile Manifesto.

I have been asked several times to help in the rewrite of an Agile Manifesto.  After having been involved in Snowbird 10 (the reunion of some of the original Agile Manifesto authors along with some others from the Lean/Kanban community) I realized there is no “Agile” community. Rather we have many sub-communities that are so diverse it is hard to think of them as being under one umbrella. 

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Why Shu Ha Ri and Scrum Can Make for a Dangerous Combination

May 15, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Note: This blog assumes the reader understands the basic roles and practices of Scrum.

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Test-First for Quality

May 7, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Quality is a pretty open ended term.  Test-first is often thought of as implementation and verification – is the code being written of high quality?.  But there is also quality to the customer – is the right thing being built?   There is also the quality of the culture of the organization developing the software – is collaboration present?  And finally, the quality of the process being used – is it efficient? Test-first can actually help with all of these.

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Getting Business Into The Agile Mindset

May 7, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I was recently asked “Any recommendations on a book for how a middle manager can drag a business into an Agile mind set against their will?”  The answer is – “you can’t drag business into an Agile mind set against their will.”  In fact, you really can’t drag anyone into an Agile mindset against their will.  I also find it ironic that I hear Agile coaches ask me a similar question, “Any recommendations on a book for how an Agile coach can drag a middle manager into an Agile mindset against their will?” 

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Some Laws of Software Development

April 30, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

This blog continues my series on Going Beyond Practices to Achieve Objectives

There is a significant difference between a law and a principle.  In Values, Practices and Principles Are Not Enough we defined them as:

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