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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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The Case Against Minimalism

November 6, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I've been in this industry now for more than 40 years. I like to say that doesn't make me any smarter, it just means I've seen a lot. I've seen over burdensome, bureaucratic process – so I understand why we don't want that anymore. But I've also seen lack of process and chaos that was just about as damaging. An over-reaction to a bad thing is still an over-reaction. I continue to hear people say that agile is about minimalistic process and design. I do not agree with this.


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CAS 100, Lean 0 in ‘Complexity Vs Lean, the Big Showdown'

October 25, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I was at the LESS 2010 conference last week and heard Jurgen Appelo's talk Compexity Versus Lean. I thought this was very thought provoking. Unfortunately, almost every time he mentioned Lean, he was describing it in a way no Lean thought leaders I know would think about it.


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Yes Virginia, You Can Attribute Cause-and-Effect even in Complex Adaptive Systems

October 16, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I am somewhat writing this blog in response to two things. The first is that over the last year I've had several complex adaptive systems "thinkers" out there challenge using lean-thinking to help teams because it supposedly relies on understanding cause and effect. The other is I'm planning to attend Jurgen Appelo's "Complexity vs Lean, the Big Showdown" at LESS 2010.


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