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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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Scrum/Kanban Series: Where to Start

May 11, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway

"I am enthusiastic over humanity’s extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuity. If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver. But this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top. I think that we are clinging to a great many piano tops in accepting yesterday's fortuitous contrivings as constituting the only means for solving a given problem.


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A New Season of Lean-Agile Straight Talk, A New Webinar Series

May 10, 2012 — Posted by Jim Trott

It is springtime in Seattle, a good time to start anew. Since the last season of Lean-Agile Straight Talk, we have been writing and consulting and coaching and working with many clients. We have greatly deepened our understanding. To start the new season of Lean-Agile Straight Talk, I asked Alan Shalloway, CEO and Founder of Net Objectives, to start sharing some of what is on his mind right now based on what we have been learning. If you know Alan, you will know that one of his main things is the gap between knowing and doing that is in our industry, we know a lot of what to do but the doing is often not yet in common practice.

And this is leading Net Objectives to offer Lean-Agile at Scale and at the Team: The Value Stream Series, a new webinar series that helps you know what to pay attention to to close that gap


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