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The Foundations of Lean (and Kanban)

October 2, 2009 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I hadn't meant to imply that the page or two on the essence of Lean of my earlier post covered the scope of Lean.  In this blog, I'll talk about two foundations of Lean - systems thinking and respecting people.  This will open the door for follow up blogs on Lean-Management and Lean-Learning (continuous process improvement).

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The Essence of Lean (and Kanban)

September 30, 2009 — Posted by Al Shalloway

There is a lot of buzz about Kanban these days. There seems to be an equal confusion about what it is. Since Kanban for Software Engineering is really Lean applied to software, I am going to make the two synonymous for the purposes of this blog. I am going to refer to Lean throughout this article. I provide the alternative title because I think the essence of Kanban is the same as the essence of Lean.

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Comparing Scrum to Lean - Not Quite Apples to Oranges

September 28, 2009 — Posted by Al Shalloway

There have been several posts from those in the Scrum community (Ron Jeffries, Tobias Meyer, to name two) that say it is folly to compare Scrum and Lean/Kanban.  The supposition is that they are different tools and therefore you can’t say one is better than another. Apples to oranges they say.  I don’t agree.  

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A New Series

September 28, 2009 — Posted by Jim Trott

Listen to the webinar audio A New Series

This podcast kicks off a new series for Lean Agile Straight Talk. We have been busy finishing several books focused on Lean-Agile. One is called the Lean-Agile Pocket Guide for Scrum Teams and another is Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility. We are proud of both of these books and wanted to introduce them to you. In this show, Alan Shalloway and I talk about the motivations behind these books, what is going in in the world of Lean and Agile software development and why they are needed. The next show will give a rundown of the pocket guide. After that, we will talk through each of the chapters in Lean-Agile Software Development. Each of these chapters has good, core concepts that we want you to know and this approach gives us a game plan for covering all of them.

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Mid-Management in the Lean-Agile Enterprise: Competencies Required

September 18, 2009 — Posted by Guy Beaver

There are many catch-phrases and metaphors used in the Agile space to try to define the role of management [1]. Examples include "servant-leader", "Chickens not Pigs", facilitator, motivator, etc. After all, the notion of "self-organization" can easily be construed to mean no management required.

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