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Writing a portal page on what you need to do to promote an adoption of Scrum. Here's what I have so far

June 22, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
  1. Provide a laser focus on what the development team needs to accomplish.
  2. Provide a workshop that includes the team doing some of their own work.
  3. Provide an online, support system that includes both courses and reference materials so the Scrum team can continue learning over time as needed.
  4. Provide a way to clearly specify the why of the requirements.
  5. Provide Scrum teams a way to create small, well-defined stories.
  6. Provide a way to validate the stories.
  7. Provide an easy and efficient way to estimate.

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Piano Tops and Agile

June 22, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Writing a page on "How to Adopt Scrum" reminded me that the CSM course started around '02 because Ken wanted to help those of us who already knew Scrum to be better coaches. It was a great experience & helped my coaching ability. But it didn't teach me scrum. I already knew Scrum & reading Ken's book was a pre-requisite for the course. 
 

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Why ATDD/BDD should be done before your planning event

June 21, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
This is especially true if the ART doing the planning is <75 people or your entire technology group is less than 400 people & comprised mostly of independent teams with some dependencies.
 
In these cases, planning 3 mo's out defeats a lot of the value of Agile. Agile is about the ability to release & pivot quickly. Organizations of the type above only need to plan 2-4 sprints out.
 
Doing this requires the following:

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The Path To Your Goal Always Depends Upon Where You Are

June 16, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
I've seen a lot about Agile over 20 yrs. I remember 15 yrs ago people moaning about lack of trust & respect. Now it seems that we just say that's what you need. 
 

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The Real Lessons of Complexity and Systems Thinking

June 16, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Systems-thinking tells us to look at the entire system. It's more about the relationships between the pieces than the pieces themselves. When we focus on components we will get unpredictable results. But seeing all of the potential interactions in large organizations is also not possible. 
 

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