Frameworks, proxies and Lean-Agile Principles

September 1, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

From the moment Scrum became more popular than XP, the sw dev community has been focusing on frameworks more than Lean-Agile principles. It's not surprising this has happened. It's a lot easier to understand a framework than the principles underneath them.

The challenge that occurs is when the framework becomes the goal. They are just proxies of what we're trying to achieve - the quick realization of value predictably, sustainably and with high quality.

We must remember that frameworks are a proxy to what's really important. They provide a way to start & a way to see some of what we need to do. But how do we transcend them as we learn? Lean-Agile principles are, by their very nature, abstract. This is in the same way that gravity, clearly real, is abstract. We know when we drop something it'll fall-but how fast & far & what damage it will do depends on where you are & what the object is & what it is hitting.

What's needed is a way to see what those with expertise see & provide solutions experts would consider. This enables less experienced people make better decisions. This is the purpose of a good tool. Not to follow a framework, but to enable better decisions based on Lean-Agile principles.

Al Shalloway

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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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