Challenge the Lies You Live

November 10, 2015 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I will start right out that I am a believer in best practices. I know several that work 100% of the time and many that work most of the time.

One that works all of the time? Treat people with respect.

One that works almost all of time? Make work visible.

Ironically, many in the Agile community say there are no best practices and then proceed to tell you a few you have to do.

For example, in Scrum you must have cross-functional teams, do iterations and have daily stand-ups (just to name a few). 

Of course, you can say "well, it's not that we're dogmatic, it's just that you're not doing Scrum if you're not doing these." 

You know, that's reasonable.  So tell me when and where I want to do Scrum, tell me where it best applies.

Funny, never hear that.

So today, i challenge you to look at some of your most treasured practices.  Ones you just know are right.

Ask why?  If you've not challenged them, looking to see why and where they work, maybe there's something better.

If you are interested, here are two blogs I've written that may be of interest:

 
BTW: Anyone who knows me knows I have a very long list of best practices.  Most of them come from Lean and the study of human behavior.
However, I treat them as heuristics (things that often work but not always).   I call a framework or method a collection of heuristics that tend to work better together than separately.  But that doesn't make them right all of the time.
 
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Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With over 40 years of experience, Alan is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, SAFe, Scrum and agile design.



        

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