How should we discover what our problems are and what's the best way to fix them?

April 16, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

In the early days of Agile ('99-05) we didn't know much about the science of software development. It made sense to discover what was in our way by attempting to deliver quickly. An empirical process was effective. It was also too early to see the patterns of using one.

However, with almost 2 decades of experience under our belt two patterns have become evident:

  1. the theory of Lean flow can be very useful in discovering what's in an organizations way just by looking at their current state
  2. most organizations moving to Agile have the same challenges and although prescriptions do not work, providing insights to the ubiquitous challenges faced by those new to Agile would be useful.

It is critical to test our assumptions. Motivations are often good-waterfall's intent of knowing what, when & how value will be delivered is good. But its assumptions on that you could plan it out isn't. What assumptions are in the approach you're taking that you haven't challenged but should?

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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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