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Kanban – An Integration of Deming, Ohno, TOC, Satir and Nonaka

July 14, 2011 — Posted by Al Shalloway

My alternative title to this blog was "If You Say Kanban Isn't About People, then You Don't Know What Kanban Is." But that sounded too much like a rant. However, I have to admit, much of this blog is a rant. Smile

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Kanban in a Nutshell

June 25, 2011 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I assert the following (please verify with your own evidence from your past):

  1. Time from getting information until using it creates new work (one has to redo the information or one works from old information which results in rework)
  2. Time from making an error until detecting it creates new work (e.g., a bug found immediately takes little time to fix compared to a bug found weeks later – that additional work is created by the delay)
  3. Shortening the feedback times will shorten these delays and therefore lower the amount of work to be done

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Reflections on the SQE Better Software/Agile Development Practices Conferences

June 14, 2011 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I had a great time at the Better Software/Agile Development Practices West in Las Vegas last week.  I gave 7 of the 9 talks/courses/tutorials Net Objectives presented. I would say the most interesting thing about the conference was the large number of companies using Scrum who's progress had somewhat plateaued and the number of companies who wanted to go Agile that couldn't see how to use Scrum to do it. I call these patterns of failure. Not that they hadn't had success, but were failing to maintain it.

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Questioning Questions

June 3, 2011 — Posted by Al Shalloway

As an experienced coach I have found it useful to tell people what to do when I see they are doing something wrong. However, one of my staff told me that asking questions was the key to proper coaching. While I wasn't sure he was right, I figured I would try it and see. I mean, "why not?" So, on my next engagement, I was determined to not tell anybody anything, but rather to merely ask questions. Here's what happened.

At a meeting, one of the people discussed a mistake in the build process, so, I started with a question:

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The IT Racket and How Team-Centric Agile Methods Support It

May 28, 2011 — Posted by Al Shalloway

(Paraphrased from Wikipedia) A racket is an illegal business, usually run as a part of organized crime. The best-known is the protection racket, in which criminals demand money from businesses in exchange for the service of "protection" against crimes that the racketeers themselves instigate if unpaid.

You could say a racket is when you claim to be doing one thing that looks good while really doing something else that isn't.

I would suggest that running rackets is something people do all of the time – most without realizing it.

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Al Shalloway
Business, Operations, Process, Sales, Agile Design and Patterns, Personal Development, Agile, Lean, SAFe, Kanban, Kanban Method, Scrum, Scrumban, XP
Cory Foy
Change Management, Innovation Games, Team Agility, Transitioning to Agile
Jim Trott
Business and Strategy Development, Analysis and Design Methods, Change Management, Knowledge Management, Lean Implementation, Team Agility, Transitioning to Agile, Workflow, Technical Writing, Certifications, Coaching, Mentoring, Online Training, Professional Development, Agile, Lean-Agile, SAFe, Kanban
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
Marc Danziger
Business and Strategy Development, Change Management, Team Agility, Online Communities, Promotional Initiatives, Sales and Marketing Collateral
Scott Bain
Analysis and Design Methods, Agile Design and Patterns, Software Design, Design Patterns, Technical Writing, TDD, Coaching, Mentoring, Online Training, Professional Development, Agile