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An Apology, An Explanation, A Promise and A Call to Action

December 1, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

The Apology

Last night after a very successful but very intense trip to a client I was on an airplane headed home.  I had told myself I would just relax but couldn’t.  I made the mistake of getting on twitter (something I know I shouldn’t do when I’m tired).  I got into some dialogs and said something that was plain old wrong.  I deleted it, and restated it, but the restatement was still wrong.  For those who weren’t there (and I am sure are now curious) I will repeat the deleted tweet:

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Lean-Agile Frameworks are worthless...

November 28, 2017 — Posted by Guy Beaver

…unless they enable business objectives.

Before implementing a Lean-Agile Framework, you better know the answers to these two questions:

1.  What business objective(s) are you trying to achieve?

2.  How are you going to measure success?

Implementing a new process is the means to an end. 

Here’s an example: How many people are following the new process (%compliance) is meaningless if your business objectives (customer retention improved by 10%) aren’t being met (or worse--not even known.)

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Why We Need More Understanding and Fewer Gurus

November 26, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Our industry is in a crazy state. While all the popular frameworks/methods tout how great they are discussions with most companies I run across tells another story. 
 
We have consultants telling us how great Agile is and why we should be exporting it to other industries all the while forgetting that Agile is an adoption of decades' old ideas to the software world.
 
I was going to write a full blog on why I believe this, and may in the future.  But the premise of such a blog is:

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The Interesting Parallel Between SAFe and the Kanban Method

November 18, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Many people would consider SAFe and the Kanban Method to be at opposite ends of the spectrum. The Kanban Method is a way for an organization to start where it is and to make gradual changes.  Nothing appears further from this than SAFe’s “all-in-all-the-way” approach.  

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Why Differences Matter

November 17, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Why differences matter

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