Objective Thoughts

Controlling Chaos or the Scientific Method

July 29, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I believe there is a significant difference between trying something and responding to what happens and trying to create an underlying model and testing one’s understanding.  Scrum's stated underlying approach is based on the first, Kanban's on the second. I believe this difference to be more important than Scrum has iterations while Kanban does not. Everybody, of course, says they believe in the scientific method.  But in the software world, many also say software development is too complex to attribute any cause and effect to things.


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How To Get the Scrum of 2017 Today

July 28, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway

The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same


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What I Learned at Toyota

July 24, 2012 — Posted by Ken Pugh

I recently had the opportunity to visit Toyota in Japan. While there, I learned several things that were new to me. These thoughts came from individuals so I don’t know how widespread they are. I am still considering the implications of these ideas.

Here are some of the ideas:


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Raising our View to a Sane Level

July 22, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Albert Einstein


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Lean Software Development in a Nutshell

July 10, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Much of the work done in software development groups (IT or product) is the result of delays and interruptions. This sentence sounds funny, doesn’t it? But on reflection, let’s see where a lot of our time (work) is spent:

Reworking requirements
Building software to satisfy missed or misunderstood requirements
Finding bugs
Thrashing while trying to integrate two components that were built semi-independently of each other

What causes most of this work? I’d suggest delays.


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