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Making Scrum SAFe®

January 24, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

There are several flavors of Scrum – from Classic Scrum to Scrumban. The differences are not just with what practices are followed, but by the mindset underneath them.  I will mention some mindset shifts of SAFe Scrum that are different from Classic Scrum:

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Not Doing SAFe®? No Problem. Not Doing These? Big Problem

January 19, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

There is a lot of negative press about SAFe it seems.  They talk about how it is overkill, but it seems no one recognizes that it suggests a variety of practices that have proven to be essential.  So, if you don’t want to do SAFe, that’s fine, but if you don’t do all of these things, then you are likely going to have troubles.  Here are what we’ve seen to be essential practices at scale:

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Observation Bias - A True Story

January 5, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I don’t normally talk about an event that happened in my life several years ago because I am afraid what people will think of me.  But a recent twitter conversation about observation bias has compelled me to describe it.

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The Implications of Systems Thinking and Complex Systems

December 30, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I have just started writing a new book and there is a section in the introduction that I thought would be interesting to people.  It's called "Systems Thinking and Complex Systems."  Here is an early version.

I keep hearing that because we are working on complex systems we cannot have full coverage of what to look for.  I think it is just the opposite.  Because we are working on complex systems we must have complete coverage.

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