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A Primer on Emergent Design

April 6, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Emergent design is not something you do because you are doing Agile and you don’t have any choice because you don’t understand what you need to build.  Emergent design is a better way to design – even when you know what you want your system to do.

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Common Agile Anti-Patterns at Scale Along with Their Causes and Solutions

March 25, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

My blog on Patterns of Agile Adoption: Team Focus Sets Us Up To Fail has created a bit of a stir on Twitter.  Thought I'd put together this table of Agile anti-patterns, their underlying causes and their solutions! What's important to remember is that every solution to each of these problems was postulated with Lean-Thinking.  Makes me believe that other problems, previously unencountered, might find Lean-Thinking of value as well.

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Old Technical Webinars Worth Watching

March 23, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I've been re-organizing the webinars on our website to make them more accessible (we have almost 100 of them).   I came across some old technical ones that are still relevant. They have difference access requirements as noted.  'guest' means anyone can access them and 'registered' means you must register. Here they are:

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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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