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Going Beyond Design Patterns

August 1, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway

In our Design Patterns Explained and Design Patterns for the Agile Developer  courses we quote Christopher Alexander’s Timeless Way of Building – the book that inspired the software development community to create design patterns.  Most everyone familiar with design patterns is familiar with Alexander’s phrase “patterns are solutions to recurring problems in a context.”  However, my favorite quote of Alexander is 4 pages from the


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Management and Trust: A Conversation with Derby and Shalloway (Twibinar)

July 31, 2012 — Posted by Jim Trott

Listen to the webinar audio Management and Trust: A Twibinar with Esther Derby and Alan Shalloway (audio of the webinar)

Alan Shalloway and Esther Derby talk with each other and with attendees about the important topic of trust in the organization, one of the necessary foundations for being able to scale Agile in the organization.


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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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