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The New View of Lean-Agile Software Development

February 27, 2016 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Lean has been described in many different ways.  The view I am promoting here is specifically for Lean being applied to software development.  This is quite different than when Lean is applied to problems in the physical world such as manufacturing and product development.  Software has unique challenges and they require a different method of applying the Lean mindset and principles.

Lean can be thought of as a combination of mindset (belief system), principles used for guidance and practices. 

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The Emperor and The Empress Have No Clothes

February 25, 2016 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Doubt is uncomfortable. Certainty is ridiculous. Voltaire

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. F. Scott Fitzgerald

There are two things one hears from Agile consultants all the time:

  • No one size fits all
  • Start with a set of practices and evolve into thinking for yourself

Yet, very few live by these maxims. 

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What to consider when attempting to improve your methods

February 18, 2016 — Posted by Al Shalloway

As a consultant I get to see dozens ­of Lean-Agile transitions a year.  Unfortunately, I notice that the implications of systems-thinking is not only lost on most companies, but on most consultants as well.   Local optimization efforts such as a focus on Agile teams while ignoring portfolio management or assuming a bottom up team-to-team approach can work are fairly ineffective.  The resulting frustration often leads companies to try to throw money at the solution – either hiring more people or coaches.   However, without a systems-t

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New Blog Entry at SustainableTDD.com: 6 Do's and 8 Skills

January 29, 2016 — Posted by Scott Bain

We have a new entry up for your perusal at www.sustainabletdd.com.

It is called "TDD and the 6 Do's and 8 Skills of Software Development", pt. 1

Visit our blog here, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

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Specifying the Negative Blog entry at SustainableTDD.com

December 11, 2015 — Posted by Scott Bain
When a requirement states that a specific behavior should not exist in a system, how can TDD respond? How do you express, in a test, that a behavior must not exist in a system? That's our topic: http://www.sustainabletdd.com/2015/12/specifying-negative-in-tdd_11.html

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