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Taking things into my own hands

May 22, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
I've been writing about two separate but related themes - that certification has a high cost &that you need to be trained in Agile as much as the framework in your initial training. Both Scrum and SAFe for Teams leave much to be figured out and require a significant investment in onsite coaches. What's needed is a better initial training &an online support system for your team and Scrum Masters. 
 

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Simplifying SAFe

May 22, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
SAFe has gone from 3 to 5 levels in recent releases as well as increasing its number of roles, artifacts and activities. When something new is discovered to be useful, SAFe obligingly adds another component to the framework.
 
The different SAFe models (program, portfolio, ...) are designed to help simplify SAFe. 
 

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You can't be Agile without doing Agile

May 22, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
I hear many people say "you can't do Agile." I would suggest it goes both ways "you can't be Agile without doing Agile." Agile's not just about attitude. It's about a strong connection with business on deciding what to do and what to defer, having the skills to get it done, have tested tangible product on a frequent basis and regularly improving your methods. Accomplishing this takes both an attitude and a way of doing it. Agreements about what's important, small work items, a focus on finishing work, a sense of professionalism while doing the actions mandated by that, and more.

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Why People Resist Scrum When They Do

May 20, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
I have seen as many developers resist Scrum as much as i've seen managers resist Agile. But the reasons are different. Most devs want to write code that makes a difference. They don't like meetings & many don't want to work with others. In many ways, Scrum represents overhead to them. Especially when it's taught before how to do Agile analysis with their own stories. Teaching Scrum first makes developers think that Scrum is extra work. Scrum can, of course, be useful. But much of that depends upon dev buyin. Just another reason to teach Agile then teach Scrum.

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Teach Agile Then Scrum

May 20, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
This is a follow up to my previous post about how I believe that a lot of the bad Scrum that is out there is not so much about Scrum but about the way it is taught. Most of the challenges that I see - lack of collaboration & the inability of teams to write small stories, is because CSM training rarely includes hands on work on the teams' own stories. Not to mention team training should be different from SM training.
 

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