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Setting the Record Straight on Scrum and Agile

January 25, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway

The Gist of the Story

We believe in Agile software development for teams. From small teams to a 4000 person development group, our clients have enjoyed success with Agile. They have been able to deliver more value to customers at a more sustainable pace and with greater employee satisfaction than ever they were before. That is what keeps us going.


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A Thanksgiving Blog

November 25, 2011 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Many family members and friends celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday. We continued our tradition in our gatherings of individually saying what we are grateful for. We typically do this in the present tense – that is, what we are grateful for now. I wanted to take the opportunity to give thanks for about things people have done for me in the past in my professional area. The list is not complete, so please do not be offended if I left you out – I have tried to keep this somewhat concise.


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Impressions of LESS 2011 and thoughts on helping those new to Lean, Kanban or Agile

November 11, 2011 — Posted by Cory Foy

I must say I was very pleasantly surprised at how good the Conference on Lean Enterprise Software and Systems, 2011 in Stockholm was. I thought it would be good: while last year's LESS conference was a bit academic for my tastes, LESS 2011 offered a great blend of good speakers, consultants, and participants. I looked forward to the Beyond Budgeting track and Steve Denning.


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Notes on the “Non-Linear Birds of a Feather” at LESS2011

November 4, 2011 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Note: This is not a normal blog from me, but really notes about a birds of a feature I organized at LESS 2011. There have been three blogs on it so far:


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Rocks in a Jar

October 30, 2011 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I heard this story years ago at a Stephen Covey time management seminar.

The instructor held up a big, open-mouthed jar. On the table were lots of rocks. He started picking up the rocks and carefully placed them in the jar until no more would fit. He then asked the attendees who thought the jar was full?

Most people raised their hands.


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Al Shalloway
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Cory Foy
Change Management, Innovation Games, Team Agility, Transitioning to Agile
Jim Trott
Business and Strategy Development, Analysis and Design Methods, Change Management, Knowledge Management, Lean Implementation, Team Agility, Transitioning to Agile, Workflow, Technical Writing, Certifications, Coaching, Mentoring, Online Training, Professional Development, Agile, Lean-Agile, SAFe, Kanban
Ken Pugh
Software Design, Design Patterns, Technical Writing, TDD, ATDD, Coaching, Mentoring, Professional Development, Agile, Lean-Agile, SAFe, Scrum
Scott Bain
Analysis and Design Methods, Agile Design and Patterns, Software Design, Design Patterns, Technical Writing, TDD, Coaching, Mentoring, Online Training, Professional Development, Agile