Alan Shalloway Random Thoughts – Going Beyond Scrum

November 11, 2010 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Hi. This is the first of a monologue series on whatever is on my mind at the time. I jokingly call this Alan Shalloway Random Thoughts – unscripted, unmoderated, unedited. Essentially it's just what I'm thinking about at the time I do it. This morning was a beautiful cold, clear day in Seattle. I decided to walk the half mile to Greenlake to watch the sunrise to do this recording. Got my mocha on the way, found a nice bench looking to the east and started.

This talk is about going beyond Scrum. Essentially, I discuss how Scrum is good, even great, but its time has passed. In the last 15 years we've vastly increased our understanding of Agile and how to learn and we need to take advantage of it. Scrum was good for its time. It's time has passed. I liken it to the fabulous computer we found to use when I sold software to the day spa and hair salon business in the 90's. I remember finding this great machine for only $995 we could sell packaged with our software. It had 1M of RAM and 10M of hard-drive. Yes, I meant M not G. In those days, this was a great machine. To say it's no longer a great machine does not mean I'm bashing it. It just mean there are better ones available now.

In particular I talk about the difference between Scrum's "inspect and adapt" and the PDCA (plan do check act) cycle of Lean/Kanban. How inspect and adapt of your progress (that is, what you built) in software is good but inspect and adapt of your approach is not as effective as continuous learning. I also briefly talk about our need to shift our view of management. 

It's a bit longer (about 30 minutes) than I intend these to be – but I guess I had a lot to say on this subject. Please let me know what you think. I would really appreciate some feedback – good or bad. Send me a note at alshall@netobjectives.com.

Here it is – Random Thoughts – Going Beyond Scrum

Alan Shalloway
CEO, Net Objectives

 

 

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About the author | Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With 45 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas.



        

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