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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of Scrum: Or Telling The Emperor He Has No Clothes

July 26, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I am about to head off to the Agile Conference in Orlando.  At these times I always think about the state of Agile and am usually disappointed when I think about what is possible and what actually is present.  Oh, I don’t mean “if only the industry would do what works” kind of thoughts, I’m more thinking “if only consultants would recognize what works and what doesn’t.” 


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The Scrum to Kanban Method Spectrum: Deciding Which Approach To Use

July 22, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

We often get questions about when development teams should use Scrum or Kanban.  We also are asked about which infrastructure teams should use.  I have found that in order to best answer these questions, one should look at Scrum and the Kanban method, not as different approaches, but as sets of practices within the Lean Mindset.

In a nutshell, I'll define the Lean Mindset as follows:


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The Insanity of the 1s and 0s Trap

June 20, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I’ve been fortunate enough to be at several conferences with Don Reinertsen. I love being next to him watching a talk together.  More than once I’ve heard him remark – “people in this industry are too used to working with 1s and 0s and forget there are other options.”  Unfortunately, our two most popular (or perhaps, I should say – most being pushed for certification) are Scrum and the Kanban Method (which I distinguish from the original Kanban - see a Tale of Two Kanbans … or Three).


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The Real Reason the “Agile Wars” Are Destructive – It’s Not What You Think

June 13, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway
I am enthusiastic over humanity's extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuity. If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver. But this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top.

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Resistance Is Not to Change

April 29, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

In the Agile space, whether or not to do change up front is a bone of contention.  There are two extreme camps: one requiring a certain starting point (and thereby often requiring up-front change in order to follow its approach) and the other saying any up-front change will result in resistance by the development teams.  I tend to disagree with both positions as I think neither applies most of the time – and even “most of the time” is not a sufficiently high enough bar in my opinion.


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