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Common Myths of Kanban

September 26, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Kanban has come of age and what that means is that there are now just as many (maybe more) misinterpretations of it than ever before. I've seen this happen when XP became popular, Scrum, and Lean - so this is no surprise. There are some differences, however. With Kanban, there are thought leaders, such as myself, who are willing to say what Kanban is and not just say "it's what you do after you understand it." While Kanban isn't a thing actually, it is somewhat well-defined and it is easy to tell if many of the things said about it are true.

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Why ‘Kanban’ Is the Perfect Name After All

September 19, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

When David Anderson originally named what is now called 'Kanban' Virtual Kanban System for Software Development. I, like many others, have said that it is a horrible name and very misleading. Kanban, which literally means 'signboard' is a method used in Lean Manufacturing that uses cards (called 'kanban cards') to signal when new materials are needed to be provided to a stage in the manufacturing process. It is the basis for pull systems and a cornerstone of lean manufacturing.

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A Quick Synopsis of Agile 2010

August 18, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I came back from Agile 2010 and got right into things delivering my favorite Lean-Agile course – Transitioning Your Organization to Lean-Agile Methods. I must say, this was the best Agile Alliance conference I've been to. After 2008's conference, I was so upset with the way us sponsors were handled that I had decided to forgo 2009's conference – limiting ourselves to giving out our Lean-Agile Pocket Guide to Scrum.

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Setting the Record Straight: I Love Scrum

August 7, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

"I am enthusiastic over humanity’s extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuity. If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver. But this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top. I think that we are clinging to a great many piano tops in accepting yesterday's fortuitous contrivings as constituting the only means for solving a given problem. Our brains deal exclusively with special-case experiences.

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Scrum is a Silver Mirror - sometimes

July 20, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I saw an interesting blog today by Mike Dwyer called "Scrum is a Silver WHAT and you want to put it WHERE?" where he makes the pithy statement that "Scrum is not a silver bullet – it's a silver mirror." Now I definitely think this is a good blog and recommend you read it. However, I must admit to having had two simultaneous reactions to it – and realized it epitomized my concerns about how Scrum is promoted. My first reaction was – pretty cool.

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