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Why Technical Debt Matters

February 4, 2011 — Posted by Al Shalloway

One of the things I like about Lean is that it offers a metaphor that everyone involved (even executives and customers) can understand. The metaphor is that the development system is like a pipeline. Ideas go in and value comes out. Yes, it's much more complex than this but this simple metaphor will suffice for the points I want to make. I illustrate this pipeline in Figure 1.


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Big Change Up Front (BCUF)

January 1, 2011 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Throughout the Agile movement, one acronym that has been used in a derogatory way has been BDUF (Big Design Up Front). Essentially BDUF is when, at the start of a project (up front-UF), we do a big design (BD). The problem with BDUF is that we are laying out our entire plan when we know the least about our actual product. Agile is about doing a little, learning, doing some more, learning some more. It is about being incremental and iterative in our discovery, creation and learning.


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An Agile Parable

November 16, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Most everyone has heard of the parable of the blind men and the elephant. Before continuing on, I recommend taking the 2 minutes it'll take to read John Godfrey Saxe's (1816-1887) version of the famous Indian Legend.


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Alan Shalloway Random Thoughts – Going Beyond Scrum

November 11, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Hi. This is the first of a monologue series on whatever is on my mind at the time. I jokingly call this Alan Shalloway Random Thoughts – unscripted, unmoderated, unedited. Essentially it's just what I'm thinking about at the time I do it. This morning was a beautiful cold, clear day in Seattle. I decided to walk the half mile to Greenlake to watch the sunrise to do this recording. Got my mocha on the way, found a nice bench looking to the east and started.


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Where my passion comes from

November 7, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Ron Jeffries and I have had a small battle of the blogs as a result of a tweetersation we had. I guess I started it with The Case Against Minimalism while he finished it with Scrum is OK, let's get to work.  The truth is, it doesn't matter what either of us like, it matters what works. I started doing Scrum about 10 years ago. It worked great.


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