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Why Comparing Different Approaches Is Good

June 17, 2016 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Early in school, we all learned to compare and contrast things and ideas. It is what helps us learn and to understand and to perform better. So why do some software consultants seem to think it is wrong to compare and contrast approaches to software development? Why should we expected to be supportive of them all? They are not all equally good or appropriate. This is especially true of Lean and Agile methods. They all have very good things about them. And they all have flaws. No approach is universally applicable.

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WIP, Capacity, and Dirty Laundry

June 9, 2016 — Posted by Guy Beaver

A benefit of being a CIO is that you get to collect a treasure chest of war stories to share with other CIO’s.  These stories also serve a purpose:  They teach patterns to watch out for (so that if nothing else, you learn when to cringe.)

One of my war stories goes like this.  Outside my glass-walled office, in plain view from my desk, is an operational dashboard that shows concurrent users, and server load.  CIO’s have a (good) habit of looking up at these dashboards for obvious reasons. 

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Experts in One Field Are Not Necessarily Experts in Another

June 1, 2016 — Posted by Al Shalloway

People are always looking for experts.  The question is what qualities should you look for in an expert?  It is easy for non-experts to be confused about the true expertise of the people they are listening to  All too often, I see people who are experts in one approach providing advice (good or bad) in another approach in which they have little experience.  This is the way of world, of course, but I thought I’d provide some insights that might help people see what to look for.

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Less is more (and it scales) or SKIP THIS BLOG IF You HAVE TIME TO READ IT.

May 22, 2016 — Posted by Guy Beaver
The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential…in Business and in Life, by Leo Babauta, is a fantastic book about becoming more productive simply by doing less.  If you want to learn the secret to becoming more productive, "this is a how-to manual on how to simplify and focus on the essential.  How to do less while accomplishing more.”

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SAFe as a Framework

May 15, 2016 — Posted by Al Shalloway

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a framework as "the basic structure of something: a set of ideas or facts that provide support for something." Clearly, SAFe is more than a framework; it also offers a set of practices and patterns to fill in the framework and this is how it is taught in the standard SAFe course.

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Blog Authors

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
Guy Beaver
Business and Strategy Development, Executive Management, Change Management, Lean Implementation, Transitioning to Agile, Lean-Agile, SAFe
Israel Gat
Business and Strategy Development, DevOps, Lean Implementation, Agile, Lean, Kanban, Scrum
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, Lean, SAFe, Kanban, Kanban Method, Scrum, Scrumban, XP
Marc Danziger
Business and Strategy Development, Change Management, Team Agility, Online Communities, Promotional Initiatives, Sales and Marketing Collateral
Scott Bain
Analysis and Design Methods, Agile Design and Patterns, Software Design, Design Patterns, Technical Writing, TDD, Coaching, Mentoring, Online Training, Professional Development, Agile
Tom Grant
Business and Strategy Development, Executive Management, Management, DevOps, Analyst, Analysis and Design Methods, Planning/Estimation, Innovation Games, Lean Implementation, Agile, Lean-Agile, Lean, Kanban