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Starting A Lean-Agile Transition

November 5, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

There are several different ways to start a transition to Lean-Agile methods.  Before we describe them, however, I want to discuss why I say a transition to “Lean-Agile” and not just “Agile.”  Agile methods are very powerful and popular.  However, the Agile Manifesto, and most popular methods that drove its creation (e.g., Scrum, XP) are team based approaches.  While there is nothing wrong with a team based approach, one must remember that team based approaches are mostly applicable to teams.  The attempts to take Scrum to the enterprise via the team focused “Scrum-of-Scrums” has proven to


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The 21st Century IT Stonecutter's Parable

October 22, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I paraphrase an old story of stonecutters asked what they were doing.  The first answered - "I am making a block of stone."    The second - "I am making a wall."  The third - "I am making a church." The fourth answered "I am creating a place where people can embrace their spirit and be one with god."


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What It Takes to Do Large Scale Technical Agile

October 14, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Agile requires attention to quality code.  While teams may get away with deferring technical Agile practices in business applications and IT, there is no such luck in technically oriented applications such as virtual machines, compiler writing or real-time networking applications.  When multiple teams are involved in building technical products the challenges become even greater.

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SAFe Kanban

September 29, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

When people ask “can Kanban be done under SAFe at the team level?” they are typically referring to Kanban practices.  The starting point to answering this question, however, must be to look at the mindset underneath these approaches.  This is a bit more complicated, but provides more power because mindsets create the context for practices 

What is Kanban?

Before proceeding, however, we must be clear what we mean by ‘Kanban’.   Kanban is an overloaded term meaning three distinct things:


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Re-Defining the Possible

September 8, 2013 — Posted by Scott Bain

Note from Al Shalloway.

This blog was written by Scott Bain, one of our instructors. However, it's a strong statement from all of us. Our combined experience of more than a century and a half bears out Scott's well-crafted message ushering in a new paradigm for design.

Re-Defining the Possible

Scott L. Bain, Net Objectives


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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