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The Source of Waste & How to Predict It

December 14, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

This blog is a work in process.  However, some fellow SPCs who I've shown this to wanted the outline, so I am posting that here.

I expect to have a full-blog supporting this in the next days - which will replace this outline.

Waste comes from

  • Workflow delays
  • Feedback Delays
  • Lack of Collaboration
  • Fog

These are exacerbated by


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What To Look At When Starting an Agile Transition

December 6, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

There are two popular approaches to starting an Agile transition. One is a using a pre-defined approach, such as Scrum, or the opposite extreme, the Kanban Method, start where you are.   The first (Scrum) suggests jumping to a structure and workflow we know works, when it’s followed.  The second says to start where you are, manage your work in process, and then go from there.  I think both miss the main point of agile – “inspect and adapt.’  In other words, one should always see where one is, then one should consider what's the best course of action. 


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Yes, There Are Best Practices

December 2, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

The term “best practice” has admittedly been mis-used.  But I do not think it should be abandoned.  It is true that the term has been used to search for a common practice everyone in an organization should use.  Or worse, as an approach advisable to all organizations.  I do believe using best practices in this manner is not healthy and carries significant risks.  The irony is that many in the Agile community rail against this type of best practice while promoting those of their own.  For example, many Scrum consultants I know have several they hold to, including:


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Outline of Lean Seminar

November 16, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I am doing a Lean seminar on Monday and was outlining it before committing it to powerpoint.  Thought folks might find this useful.

What if you could get what you wanted but you couldn’t get it by going directly after what you wanted?

What do we want? Value delivered quickly, efficiently, predictably and sustainably.  To achieve this, it like we need:

  • Low cost
  • High productivity
  • High quality
  • Predictability

But going after those doesn’t appear to work:


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How SAFe Is More Leading Edge than Some Would Have You Believe

November 15, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I have been doing Scrum & XP for 13 years, Lean for 9, Kanban for 6 and SAFe (if you include our parallel version that predates SAFe) for 6. All methods/frameworks have challenges.  People have been taking easy potshots at SAFe, but here are some things it pays attention to several things that no other approach does.  Thought I'd list them here:


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