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How Using "I" Vs "We" In a Daily Standup Is a Big Tell

March 1, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

In the Scrum Guide, the Daily Scrum suggests using these three questions:

  1. What did I do yesterday that helped the Development Team meet the Sprint Goal?
  2. What will I do today to help the Development Team meet the Sprint Goal?
  3. Do I see any impediment that prevents me or the Development Team from meeting the Sprint Goal?

You’ll notice the focus is on the individual.  In a Kanban standup, the questions would be different;

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Lean Leadership and Systems Thinking

February 27, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

This is the submission of my talk for Agile 2018. I thought it was a pretty good blog.

Agile has somewhat left out management. While acknowledging the need for business stakeholders to get involved and leadership at all levels, management is not mentioned even once in the manifesto. But both the role of leadership and management is essential. Agile's focus on the individual has had us take the focus off where it needs to be - on the organization in which the individual can or doesn't thrive.

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How the Agile Manifesto Has Gotten Us Stuck

February 27, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

There’s an old joke about a person who has too much to drink staggering around under a lamp post. A policeman sees him and asks if he’s ok. The man says, “I’m ok, just looking for my car keys.” So the policeman starts helping him look so he can take the keys away. After a while of not finding them, the policeman asks the man, “Are you sure you dropped them here?” The man replies, “No officer, I dropped them down that alley.” “Then why are we looking here?” “The light is better here.”

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Our current Transformation Methods Are Missing the Point

February 27, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

We have an online class on FLEX (FLow for Enteprise Transformation) Essentials. I thought the introduction to the current session: 'Starting with FLEX' would be of interest. To learn more about FLEX itself, go here

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Lean Leadership and Systems Thinking

February 23, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

This is the submission of my talk for Agile 2018. I thought it was a pretty good blog.

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