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How to Affect Change

February 11, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Virginia Satir said that people prefer familiarity over comfort.  The equivalent of this in transitioning organizations seems to be that people prefer pain over fear.  That is, the current pain they are experiencing over the fear of what change may be. Here are some thoughts I've had about changing organizations.

Most people don’t change unless there is a compelling reason for them to change. This compelling reason usually takes the form of current pain they want to relieve or a fear of future pain they want to avoid. Change itself, however, is painful to most.


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Reflections on a New Year: Part 1

January 19, 2010 — Posted by Jim Trott

Listen to the webinar audio Reflections on a New Year: Part 1

The beginning of the year is a natural time to think about what is coming in the year. Alan Shalloway shares his thoughts about some of the areas in which Net Objectives will be investing its energy and thought as we help to serve our partners and customers.  In addition to our normal areas of training and coaching in Lean, Agile, acceptance test-driven development, design patterns, and process improvement. But what else? In this podcast, Alan and I talk about two key areas where we are going to be investing our energy: Kanban and what it takes to help enterprises and teams make the transition.  


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Smart People, XP and Scrum – Is there a pattern?

January 16, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

There is a division in the agile community about whether one should rely on people or focus on people supported by systemic thinking (no one I know of suggests systems alone are enough). This debate is often the people over process Vs. people and process (or as Don Reinertsen would say people times process). I've been in the agile community for some time and have seen some interesting things that I think shed some light on this debate. This long-time perspective has enabled me to see an interesting pattern.


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There Are Better Alternatives to Scrum

December 21, 2009 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Note: In reviewing this blog I do notice it sounds a little like an advertisement because I've described things from the perspective of what Net Objectives has done. However, I believe it is important to describe actual events and not theory. Most of what I write about comes from my own experience and the experience of other Net Objectives consultants. I describe what we have done to create the context for what we've learned. I am proud of our success and am merely trying to explain the tone.


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Introducing Kanban for Software

December 21, 2009 — Posted by Jim Trott

Listen to the webinar audio Introducing Kanban for Software

Phil Cave is a new consultant with Net Objectives. Phil has a long history with Lean, XP, Scrum, and Kanban. He has worked at all levels: developer, lead, manager, division manager, vice-president, Lean coach.  Phil just got back from Krackow, teaching our Lean Software Development course. Half of this course involved helping them integrate the Kanban technique into their Lean-Agile software methodology. Kanban is gaining ground as an important technique for Lean-Agile groups because it is widely applicable in both process-oriented and specialty-oriented shops. It does not require fundamental shifts in work (unlike other Agile methods) if that is not appropriate for you. It is something we need to learn more about.


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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
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, SAFe, Scrum
Scott Bain
Analysis and Design Methods, Agile Design and Patterns, Software Design, Design Patterns, Technical Writing, TDD, Coaching, Mentoring, Online Training, Professional Development, Agile