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One Size Doesn't Fit All, But Perhaps One Mindset Does

January 27, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I keep hearing people discussing whether they should do Kanban or do Scrum as if one might be inherently better than the other.  While, I do believe comparing and contrasting the mindsets of the two promotes good learning, the question is often asked in comparing the practices of the two.  Comparing practices without understanding the differences in mindset is not necessarily going to lead to great results.  Two of the common mindsets in the Agile space today are classic Scrum and Lean (Kanban fits within the Lean mindset).

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Quick Thought: What To Do When One Person Says There's Value and Another Says There Isn't

January 23, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

This blog in 2 sentences: You can't disprove an hypothesis with another hypothesis - you must provide evidence.  Unless you are a taxi driver, a bartender or a barber, you don't have a right to an opinion about a process you've not used (the three aforementioned folks are entitled to opinions about everything).

I have been using leading edge Lean-Agile methods (they were at the time anyway) for 14+ years: XP, Scrum, Lean, Lean-Agile, Kanban, ATDD, TDD, emergent design, ...

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Complexity, Causality and Why Keeping It Simple May Keep You Stupid

January 13, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Many in the Scrum community take an attitude of starting with as simple a framework as possible. While I agree having too much process can be bad, having too little can be just as damaging.  As Einstein once said – "Make things as simple as possible but not simpler."  Making things simpler than they should be makes things simplistic.

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Prognostications for 2013

January 6, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I've never done a beginning year prognostication before.  Not surprising since I joke I am pre-cognitive impaired (i.e., I don't do pre-cognition well).   I admit that much of this is as much wishful thinking as real predictions, but here goes:

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Scaling Scrum - What Works

January 5, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

There was a question on Agile and Lean Software Development Linked in group.  I thought I’d turn my answer into a blog.  Here’s the question:

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