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David Anderson’s Kanban book and the myth of early adoption

May 25, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I've had an interesting last 5 weeks – 3 conferences and a week of vacation! I keynoted at Agile Japan in Tokyo alongside Professor Nonaka (co-creator of the general Scrum product development method from which Jeff Sutherland created the Scrum Software Development process). I gave two talks at the Lean Software and Systems Consortium (LeanSSC) conference in Atlanta and I just sponsored and talked at the San Diego PMI. All with a vacation in between where I was able to reflect on the industry (those who know me know I never totally disengageJ ). These last few days I've been re-reading David Anderson's Kanban book – which I highly recommend to all software developers and managers.

The conferences represented very diverse audiences: those new to software agility, experts in software agility, and those unclear what Agile even is (and with many not even in software). Nevertheless, there was a common theme across all three: Respect for management, the recognition of the need to attend to the whole value stream, and a belief that people were good and if there were problems you needed to look at the systems in which they were working rather than accuse the teams of lacking discipline or motivation. It was refreshing! And, unfortunately, not something I typically notice to be widespread in many mainstream Agile conferences (particularly those centered around non-Lean Agile). Fortunately, this awareness is slowly growing in these more mainstream Agile conferences.

I point this out because I believe Agility is entering a new phase.


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Guest blog for The Agile Executive: Balancing Agile.

April 24, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Israel Gat, of the Agile Executive , was kind enough to invite me to write a guest blog for him. I have long thought the Agile manifesto was an over-reaction and needsd balance. Here are some thoughts on this - Balancing Agile .


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Our Models of the World May Not Be Right

April 18, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – even if I have said it – unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. – The Buddha


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A Walk Along the North Shore of Oahu as a Metaphor of Flow-Based Development

April 12, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

We're coming back from Agile Japan and we decided to stay at Turtle Bay Resort on the north end of the island. I just took a great walk along the beach and realized it made a great metaphor for flow based development. I've never been out on this end of the island – and must say I love it. We'd stayed in the Marriott Ihilani, which is also nice, but isn't as Hawaiian so to speak.


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