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Not Doing SAFe? No Problem. Not Doing These? Big Problem

January 19, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

There is a lot of negative press about SAFe it seems.  They talk about how it is overkill, but it seems no one recognizes that it suggests a variety of practices that have proven to be essential.  So, if you don’t want to do SAFe, that’s fine, but if you don’t do all of these things, then you are likely going to have troubles.  Here are what we’ve seen to be essential practices at scale:


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Observation Bias - A True Story

January 5, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I don’t normally talk about an event that happened in my life several years ago because I am afraid what people will think of me.  But a recent twitter conversation about observation bias has compelled me to describe it.


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The Implications of Systems Thinking and Complex Systems

December 31, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I have just started writing a new book and there is a section in the introduction that I thought would be interesting to people.  It's called "Systems Thinking and Complex Systems."  Here is an early version.

I keep hearing that because we are working on complex systems we cannot have full coverage of what to look for.  I think it is just the opposite.  Because we are working on complex systems we must have complete coverage.


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Extending the Kanban Method - Updated

December 27, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

This blog replaces the earlier ‘Extending the Kanban Method’


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3 Industry Trends for 2014

December 26, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I have long described myself as "pre-cognitive impaired." But sometimes we can make predictions based on patterns that are right in front of us. I believe there are three shifts in thinking in the industry taking place that will manifest themselves this year. They are an understanding that:


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Al Shalloway
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