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Alternatives to Scrum of Scrums

September 20, 2015 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Net Objectives started using Scrum in 1999. Three-four years later, we started using Scrum with larger organizations and adopted Scrum-of-Scrums as a way to coordinate multiple teams working together. While it sounds great in theory, we could never get it to work. And, although it is still promoted by many Scrum consultants, it still has a spotty track record at best. The challenge we believe lies in the fact that the intra-team dynamics that makes Scrum effective, are not the same as the inter-team dynamics required for Scrum-of-Scrums to work.

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What Small, Multi-Teamed Development Organizations Need to Do to Transition to Lean-Agile

September 20, 2015 — Posted by Al Shalloway

There is no magic to effective software development. With almost two decades of Agile experience and over a decade of large scale Agile experience, Net Objectives has clearly identified what is required to be effective.  While it’s a surprisingly simple approach, it requires the proper mindset to accomplish it.   One starts by agreeing to focus on the delivery of business value incrementally.  Agile should be about incremental business delivery, not team iterations.  Essentially, becoming effective in IT and product development requires the following:

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Things We’ve Heard Leading Agilists Say That We Don’t Believe

September 18, 2015 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I’ve often seen what at first appears to be successful Agile pushed out of companies.  Some folks say that’s just because management doesn’t get it.  But I think that’s not always the case. Sometimes the Agile that gets pushed out of companies should be pushed out of companies. Not all Agile is equal and sometimes what works at the team level is doomed when it is used to guide Agile adoption across the organization.  After the initial success, this becomes clear and the organization abandons this misguided form of Agile with good reason.  

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Coaching Corner: Advanced Agile Coach Class Coming - Materials Available Now

September 7, 2015 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Thought I'd let people know about Net Objectives' building an advanced Agile coaching class.

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Let's stop doing the wrong thing because we can't get past an impediment

August 31, 2015 — Posted by Al Shalloway
I've been watching the Agile community since 1999.  A pattern I've seen is that when we can't get the right behavior, we just back off and redefine things. The first time I saw this was the Scrummaster.  In my mind, the Scrummaster is simply a new role we made because few knew how a project manager should act.  Quick fix - eliminate the role and make a new one.  Then we saw the creation of the product owner since we didn't know how to have a business analyst do their job when multiple people were asking for different things to happen.

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