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Patterns Of Agile Adoption: Team Focus Sets Us Up To Fail

March 23, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Bloggers note: I feel compelled to mention that this blog is not at all an attack on Scrum.  At Net Objectives, Scrum, within the context of Lean-flow, is a popular method we espouse along with Kanban.  This is an attack against the improper use of Scrum.  In the same way I love my Lexus but don't drive it into the Puget Sound or off-road.  Not because I don't like it, but because that's not what it is designed for.  Unfortunately, there are all too many folks who seem to think Scrum will solve all of your problems.  It won't.  But it can be a great tool in your toolkit when u

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How To Manage WIP on a Kanban Board

March 16, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

My own experience is that the more you teach the better you both understand and can explain.  I came back a couple of weeks ago from teaching 4 one-day Kanban workshops in New Zealand with Equinox IT.  It was a great experience both being in New Zealand and working with the great Equinox folks.  We modified the course at some point to provide a better explanation as to why Kanban boards are used the way they are to manage work in progress (WIP).  Both Martin White, of Equinox IT, and I agreed to write blogs on our explanation and then to co-link to o

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A Lesson On Learning

March 4, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I hear many Agile folks talk about how one can only learn through experience.  I prefer Deming’s quip – “Theory without experience is useless. Experience without theory is expensive.” For those of you unfamiliar with Deming, he’s the individual credited with teaching the Japanese how to make quality products more than half a century ago. His thinking is also the foundation of Lean.

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I Was Wrong About Scrum

February 17, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

If a person is familiar with a certain, single subject/has with them a certain, single instrument, they may have a confirmation bias to believe that it is the answer to/involved in everything.- proverb

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It's Not Simple to Keep It Simple

February 15, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I often hear about the need to keep it simple.  However, people often talk about “simple” as if “simple” were simple. I would suggest “keeping it simple” is more complicated than many people perceive.

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