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Impressions of Agile 2012

August 20, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Full disclosure requires me to let you know that this is a very biased, unscientific view as I managed to get through Agile 2012 talking to folks for what felt like 24/7 but never going to a talk at the conference itself. I wasn't actually trying to do this, of course.  There were many great talks.

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If You Think You Need to Go Agile but Are Afraid of the Agile Mindset

August 18, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Many people are afraid of “going Agile” because of things they’ve heard about it. Some of these are either outdated or just misunderstood.  For example, while many have heard that you shouldn’t document and there is no need to do design, I would not say those are Agile beliefs. However, there is quite a diversity of mindsets in the Agile space, some of which to our minds, isn't effective.  Since Scrum is still the most popular Agile method present, the mindset of its thought-leaders is still what many folks hear represents Agile.

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Why Scrum Works and How This Tells Us When It Won’t

August 11, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway


We hear that Scrum works because it allows teams to self-organize.  I believe, however, that Scrum works because it mandates a method that manages queues implicitly. Self-organization may get you there, and will certainly be useful in sustaining improvements achieved with Scrum’s implicit queue management, but it is not the real reason Scrum works. Knowing why Scrum works at the team level provides insights into why it doesn’t work well, without a lean context anyway, at the enterprise level. 

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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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Al Shalloway
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Cory Foy
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Jim Trott
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Ken Pugh
Software Design, Design Patterns, Technical Writing, TDD, ATDD, Coaching, Mentoring, Professional Development, Agile, Lean-Agile, Lean, SAFe, Kanban, Kanban Method, Scrum, Scrumban, XP
Scott Bain
Analysis and Design Methods, Agile Design and Patterns, Software Design, Design Patterns, Technical Writing, TDD, Coaching, Mentoring, Online Training, Professional Development, Agile