Using Flow and Better Eco-Systems to Improve Agile (Linkedin)

October 16, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Using Flow and Better Eco-Systems to Improve Agile I wrote (and just deleted) a post on why we shouldn't be limited to the Agile Manifesto as a definition of Agile.  People were misreading it so badly I felt I needed to rewrite it. So here it is.

When the Agile Manifesto was written, systems-thinking was not well-known.  Kanban hadn't been invented. Furthermore, time-boxing was considered a necessary ingredient for Agile methods.  The reason Agile worked was considered to be because teams were able to self-organize.  In addition to all of this, although Agile talked about achieving value to the customer by creating collaboration between and teams and business, the focus of the principles was on the team (mentioned 17 times, while business and customers only 3). This focus still has many do team-centric Agile deployments.

Since the manifesto, systems-thinking (often in the form of Lean) has become better understood.  Kanban, which enables a flow-based approach, has been created. And, there have been many cases where self-organization wasn't the key as much as management creating better eco-systems within which teams could work. 

It is worth taking advantage of what we've learned & not restrict ourselves.

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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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