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How to Handle Shared Resources to Deliver With Less Delay

March 27, 2012 — Posted by Ken Pugh

Ideal world seldom plays out in reality world. In an ideal world, every person on a team can carry out any task; that way, people can simply swarm to the highest priority item until it is completed and then move onto the next one. In the real world, people are specialized. They have specialized training and experience. They work in unique contexts. They do not have effective skills in every technology from JSF to SQL. In the ideal world, people should only be focused on a single task within a single project or feature.

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The Need for Cross Method Training

February 24, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I just finished teaching a Lean-Agile Project Manager course. Had an interesting conversation with one of the participants who was already fairly advanced with Scrum. He already had several teams running with it, now, he was interested in Kanban and how that might help. We were having a discussion about the difference between Scrum and Kanban.

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There Is No Silver Bullet

January 29, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway

After over a dozen years of training and coaching in multiple Agile methods, we've seen how useful it is not to be attached to any one of them. Knowing a variety of methods helps you match the method to the need at hand. It also helps in its implementation. And it gives you the breadth of experience required to keep you from becoming dogmatic.

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Setting the Record Straight on Scrum and Agile

January 25, 2012 — Posted by Al Shalloway

The Gist of the Story

We believe in Agile software development for teams. From small teams to a 4000 person development group, our clients have enjoyed success with Agile. They have been able to deliver more value to customers at a more sustainable pace and with greater employee satisfaction than ever they were before. That is what keeps us going.

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A Thanksgiving Blog

November 25, 2011 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Many family members and friends celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday. We continued our tradition in our gatherings of individually saying what we are grateful for. We typically do this in the present tense – that is, what we are grateful for now. I wanted to take the opportunity to give thanks for about things people have done for me in the past in my professional area. The list is not complete, so please do not be offended if I left you out – I have tried to keep this somewhat concise.

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Blog Authors

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
Guy Beaver
Business and Strategy Development, Executive Management, Change Management, Lean Implementation, Transitioning to Agile, Lean-Agile, SAFe
Israel Gat
Business and Strategy Development, DevOps, Lean Implementation, Agile, Lean, Kanban, Scrum
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