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Scrum FLEXed

July 7, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Scrum’s roles, events, artifacts and rules are immutable. Ironically, immutability is as non-Agile as one can be – so why is this? When difficulties arise in how work is being done a question must be asked – “are we doing the right thing poorly or just doing the wrong thing? Scrum pre-defines the “right” thing & says keep working on until you do it correctly. But what if these are not ideal for your situation? What do you do then? 
 

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Attend to What's In It For Them

July 7, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Do you have devs who resist Scrum or don't want to take the time to write better code? I can attest that with very few exceptions devs want to do the right thing in the right way. So why does it show up differently? 
 
Several answers:
  1.  devs are under a lot of pressure & their commitment to get the job done just has them put their heads down and work harder
  2.  the investment in learning new skills appears to require more time than they feel they have
  3.  they like to learn things that directly make their life better/easier

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Quotes to 'Agile' by

July 6, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
I think understanding and living consistently with the following quotes can have a positive impact on any transformation.  Please add new ones in the comments:
 
Edwards Deming
  •  People are already doing their best, the problems are with the system.
  •  It is not enough that management commit themselves to quality and productivity, they must know what it is they must do.
  •  Only management can change the System (my comment - sometimes the change is to make it so people can organize in an effective way)
 

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Scrum should be specialized for software development/IT teams

July 6, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Software is not the same as the physical world. While work in the physical world is often visible, in the software world it often isn’t. Consider how you can see what’s being built in the physical world, but in the software world, writing bugs or good code looks the same.
 

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Adopting Agile in an Agile Way

July 5, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
The Agile Manifesto suggests our highest priority is to maximize value delivered. This requires looking at the potential increments of value delivery and determing what items provide the greatest value for their cost. Agile development often uses "time-boxes" (Scrum's sprint) to provide a framework for delivering complete chunks of value in a short time. 
 

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