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On Becoming A Coach

June 29, 2007 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I am always being asked by people how they can become a coach. I thought maybe it was time to write a blog about this then. I'd like to start out by cautioning people that being a coach doesn't mean that you'll be listened to anymore than before you were a coach. I have found I have to earn my credibility every time I start an engagement.

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Lean Anti-Patterns: Overview

June 12, 2007 — Posted by Jim Trott

Listen to the podcastLean Anti-Patterns: Overview

It doesn’t have to be this way. Haven’t you felt that in your tummy sometimes. You and your team end up doing the same thing again and again, and you just get the same results again and again. And here you area again, starting out on that familiar path and it is going to be painful again. Around and around. That is an “anti-pattern”: Repeated patterns of work and behavior that produce counterproductive results.

Alan Shalloway has been training companies across the country in lean for software development.

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Improve your Team or Get a Silver Person?

June 7, 2007 — Posted by Al Shalloway

What do I mean by a silver person? Well, that's the Scrum Alliance version of a silver bullet.

Net Objectives is one of the biggest Scrum training providers in the world. We have one trainer who estimates he's trained 350 people at one company in Scrum over the last couple of years. None of this training is ScrumMaster Certification training, however. Why? Because why would a company need 350 ScrumMasters? They need 350 Scrum team members. Doing CSM training for all of them is comparable to sending all team members to PM training. Kind of like a football team. Do you send everyone to a school to teach everyone how to coach? Or do you send them to a school where they all learn how to play football? Tobias Mayer, a former CST, wrote about this in a blog entry as well "The Problem With CSM Courses.

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Banned in Boston

June 5, 2007 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I've just joined a growing list of luminaries (including Ron Jeffries and Scott Ambler) who have been kicked off the Scrum Development User Group by Ken Schwaber. Our only sin appears to be discussing Scrum in a manner that challenges his belief system. I am not really sure how many have been thrown off the site as most of these are done unceremoniously. Ken contends many of the expelled were "griping" about Scrum.

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Challenging why (not if) Scrum works

May 24, 2007 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I have repeatedly heard that "Scrum succeeds largely because the people doing the work define how to do the work" (see From The Top by Ken Schwaber for his full text). However, I do not think that is even a third of why Scrum works - and be clear, I am certainly not questioning that Scrum works - I just want to get at the why it works.

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