Objective Thoughts

The 21st Century IT Stonecutter's Parable

October 22, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I paraphrase an old story of stonecutters asked what they were doing.  The first answered - "I am making a block of stone."    The second - "I am making a wall."  The third - "I am making a church." The fourth answered "I am creating a place where people can embrace their spirit and be one with god."

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What It Takes to Do Large Scale Technical Agile

October 14, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Agile requires attention to quality code.  While teams may get away with deferring technical Agile practices in business applications and IT, there is no such luck in technically oriented applications such as virtual machines, compiler writing or real-time networking applications.  When multiple teams are involved in building technical products the challenges become even greater.

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SAFe Kanban

September 29, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

When people ask “can Kanban be done under SAFe at the team level?” they are typically referring to Kanban practices.  The starting point to answering this question, however, must be to look at the mindset underneath these approaches.  This is a bit more complicated, but provides more power because mindsets create the context for practices 

What is Kanban?

Before proceeding, however, we must be clear what we mean by ‘Kanban’.   Kanban is an overloaded term meaning three distinct things:

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Re-Defining the Possible

September 8, 2013 — Posted by Scott Bain

Note from Al Shalloway.

This blog was written by Scott Bain, one of our instructors. However, it's a strong statement from all of us. Our combined experience of more than a century and a half bears out Scott's well-crafted message ushering in a new paradigm for design.

Re-Defining the Possible

Scott L. Bain, Net Objectives

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Why You Should Be Concerned When a Consultant Says "That's Orthogonal"

August 31, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I have heard several proponents of popular frameworks and methods excuse the lack of some key concept as "well that's orthogonal to the framework/method, but we expect you to put it in if you think it has value." In this case the word "orthogonal" means independent or de-coupled from the framework/method in question.  The challenge with this is threefold:

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Scott Bain
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