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Insight at SQE Better Software & Agile Development Practices

June 17, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I gave two process related talks at SQE's recent conference in Las Vegas.  At each of these I asked a few questions that gave a non-surprising result:

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Wastes of Software Development

June 17, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway

There has been a tendency to translate the seven wastes of manufacturing into wastes of software development. Not a bad start, but just that - a start.  There are several things about software development that is not at all like product development in the physical world.  These include:

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There Is No Silver Bullet, But There May Be a Silver Approach

June 6, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway

The other day I wrote a blog about the risks of using a values and practices based approaches.  It is essentially two-fold.  First, stated practices don’t always apply in your situation.  This could be because of the problem you are trying to solve or the people and resources you have available to solve it don’t match the way the practice is designed.  This should, of course, not be a surprise – we’ve long known there is no silver bullet.

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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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Al Shalloway
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Cory Foy
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Scott Bain
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