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What I learned at Deliver Agile

May 10, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Deliver Agile is the Agile Alliance's Technical conference. This was one of the best conferences I've attended. The talks were awesome & at all levels. & ppl were generous with their time. Here are my takeaways:

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Managers have a very important role in larger organizations

May 10, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

In a nutshell, their responsibility is to create an environment within which teams can autonomously work in coordination with each other in order to achieve the goals of the organization. This is called Middle-Up-Down Management.

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Using Patterns Thinking to Help in Agile Transformations

May 10, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

First, let's understand what the value of patterns are. Although often referred to as "solutions to recurring problems in a context"-Chris Alexander-4 pgs from the end of his book he also says "At this final stage, the patterns are no longer important: the patterns have taught you to be receptive to what is real.”

Design patterns are about encapsulating behavior either directly or in support of it. There are three mantras of design patterns:

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General Proposition on How we Need to Teach Agile from the Team to Scale

May 10, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

These comments apply to all approaches, but I'll use Scrum & SAFe as examples.

To best learn how to do Agile, we should focus on what needs to be done first. Then we can see how a framework helps us.

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Let's teach an old dog new tricks

May 10, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

23 years ago when Scrum was created, it was a massive step forward. In the mid 90s we didn’t know as much about the laws of software development or even coding. Cost of delay, why managing WIP is so important, the value of visual controls were not widely known. Kanban as an alternative to time-boxing didn’t exist. On the tech side, dependency injection, separating use from construction, encapsulation of behavior, & BDD may have been known by a few but were not widespread.

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Al Shalloway
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Ken Pugh
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