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How Understanding Helps Transitions

March 8, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Trying to change an organization too fast or to too much tends to result in no change it at all. In fact, attempting to transition a company to a new method can cause an organization to go in reverse: it becomes less functional.

In an earlier blog, How to Affect Change,I discussed this as the balance of the need for change against the fear of change. Extending these concepts, I want to look at the relationship between the amount of change attempted with the effectiveness of those attempts (see the figure below).

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The Importance of Going Top-Down With Agile Requirements

February 28, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

It is essential that teams understand what the business value of the stories they are working on is. We must always remember that the software we are developing is useless, in and of itself. What is useful is what it enables – either by our customers (if we are a product company) or by our own staff using it (if we are in IT). Stories always need to be pieces of the business solutions – either providing it or creating the infrastructure to provide it.

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Why a Kanban Board is a Value Stream Map but a Scrum Board Isn't - and What This Tells Us

February 22, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I had an interesting conversation with Masa Maeda of Shojiki Solutions a few days ago. Somewhere in the conversation the observation that a kanban board was a value stream map (VSM) was mentioned. A value stream map shows your workflow as well as the time it takes to do the work. Here is a simple example:

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Going beyond Scrum, Part 2

February 17, 2010 — Posted by Jim Trott

Listen to the webinar audio Going beyond Scrum: Part 2

Chapter 5 of the new book, Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility, discusses "Going beyond Scrum." This is a big chapter, so we are taking it in two parts. Last time, we talked about the importance of optimizing the whole and taking a holistic view of the team if you want to be able to impact the enterprise. Now, we turn to two more key factors: the importance of managing your workflow and the value of accessing and using the good practices that have already been learned by others.

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Jim Trott
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