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A Quick Synopsis of Agile 2010

August 18, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I came back from Agile 2010 and got right into things delivering my favorite Lean-Agile course – Transitioning Your Organization to Lean-Agile Methods. I must say, this was the best Agile Alliance conference I've been to. After 2008's conference, I was so upset with the way us sponsors were handled that I had decided to forgo 2009's conference – limiting ourselves to giving out our Lean-Agile Pocket Guide to Scrum.

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Setting the Record Straight: I Love Scrum

August 7, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

"I am enthusiastic over humanity’s extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuity. If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver. But this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top. I think that we are clinging to a great many piano tops in accepting yesterday's fortuitous contrivings as constituting the only means for solving a given problem. Our brains deal exclusively with special-case experiences.

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Scrum is a Silver Mirror - sometimes

July 20, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I saw an interesting blog today by Mike Dwyer called "Scrum is a Silver WHAT and you want to put it WHERE?" where he makes the pithy statement that "Scrum is not a silver bullet – it's a silver mirror." Now I definitely think this is a good blog and recommend you read it. However, I must admit to having had two simultaneous reactions to it – and realized it epitomized my concerns about how Scrum is promoted. My first reaction was – pretty cool.

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Layers in Tests

June 18, 2010 — Posted by Ken Pugh

Dale Emery wrote an excellent article on Writing Maintainable Automated Acceptance Tests. It's at http://dhemery.com/pdf/writing_maintainable_automated_acceptance_tests.pdf. He showed how tfo do the testing in Robot. Bob Martin gave an alternative way to do the tests in Fit at http://www.viddler.com/v/125a82bd.

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The Real Differences between Kanban and Scrum

June 7, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

This blog is the first in a two-part blog post. This one deals with the differences between Kanban and Scrum. The next one deals with what you can do with this knowledge. There are a lot of people who don't want to talk about the differences between Kanban and Scrum. Some say you can't compare them because they are like apples and oranges – different things. Many (almost all from the Scrum community) go so far as to say you should suspect the motives of those who even make such a comparison.

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