Objective Thoughts

The Risk of Mostly Value and Practice Based Methods

June 4, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway

For every complex problem there is a solution that is simple, neat and wrong. H.L. Mencken

In a twittersation with David Koontz I made a comment that methods/frameworks that rely on values and practices alone will necessarily have problems.  To truly answer this well probably requires several blogs:


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Product Portfolio Management: Essential for Agile at Scale - PODCAST

May 30, 2012 — Posted by Jim Trott

We frequently hear about organizations who have had good success with Agile at a team level - good productivity gains, higher quality code, good morale - but then they have problems getting Agile to work "at scale." They have a hard getting collections of teams to work together. They don't see the hoped-for impacts on the bottom-line across the portfolio of work to be done. In our consulting work and our dialog with other consultants, we have learned that success at scale requires attention to four essential aspects. Product Portfolio Management is one of these. This will be discussed in detail in a webinar on June 18, 2012. See www.netobjectives.com/lean-agile-scale-and-team-value-stream-series.


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Complexity Is Not What it Used to Be

May 25, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana

The time was 1847.  The place was the Vienna General Hospital. New mothers in the doctors' wards had been dying of puerperal fever with an extremely high mortality rate - three times that in the midwives’ ward.  It was a mystery.  It could not be explained.  But Ignaz Semmelweis had been observing this for years.  Had studied the situation and made some interesting connections.  


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Standard Work: Why We Need It

May 20, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway

This blog came out of a conversation with Erik Gibson at the Lean Systems Society’s annual conference last week.

If standard work conjures up images of waterfall, drudgery, bureaucracy, and waterfall, and sounds like a step backwards, please let go for a minute and explain what I mean.  When doing any type of work, we have a few levels of thinking – approaches, practices, and what I’ll call standard work.  Let’s’ go through each of these.


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There Is Not a Goal to Agile, Plus Lean SSC Review

May 19, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I just came back from the Lean Systems Society’s (formerly Lean SSC) annual conference. It was awesome.  As someone who has gone to scores of conferences, including most of the Scrum gatherings, the Agile conferences and SQE’s main conferences, I can tell you that the 4 Lean Society’s conferences have been the best 4 conferences I’ve attended. One of the reasons is the diversity of the speakers and the attendees.  Topics have included, besides Lean and Kanban, of course:


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