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My Thoughts On Snowbird 10

February 16, 2011 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I'll start off by saying thanks to Alistair Cockburn for not only organizing the event but by ensuring it was a true collaborative and forward moving one – not the least tainted by any ulterior motive. No one had an agenda except to share, learn and have fun. I was both thrilled and honored to be invited – a definite high-point for me.


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“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.” – Han Solo

February 14, 2011 — Posted by Scott Bain

In the business of software development, things change rapidly. Computers get faster, development platforms, languages, and paradigms shift year to year, even month to month at times. The shelf life of the average technical book can be measured with an egg-timer (anybody want a copy of the VB4 bible?).


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Alan Shalloway Random Thoughts – Snowbird 10

February 11, 2011 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Hi. I'm finally picking back up on this thread.  Thanks to John Ryan for prodding me.

I made this recording the morning of February 11, ten years to the day after the meeting that resulted in the Agile Manifesto.


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A Massive Transformation Begins with a Small Change

February 9, 2011 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I was responding to a couple of postings on the Lean Development user group about how to accommodate push in a pull system. That is, how to have an organization work well when different parts work in different ways. I think this is a really important question – how do we change an organization when different parts of it work in different ways and have different drivers?


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Why Technical Debt Matters

February 4, 2011 — Posted by Al Shalloway

One of the things I like about Lean is that it offers a metaphor that everyone involved (even executives and customers) can understand. The metaphor is that the development system is like a pipeline. Ideas go in and value comes out. Yes, it's much more complex than this but this simple metaphor will suffice for the points I want to make. I illustrate this pipeline in Figure 1.


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