A New Season of Lean-Agile Straight Talk, A New Webinar Series

May 10, 2012 — Posted by Jim Trott

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It is springtime in Seattle, a good time to start anew. Since the last season of Lean-Agile Straight Talk, we have been writing and consulting and coaching and working with many clients. We have greatly deepened our understanding. To start the new season of Lean-Agile Straight Talk, I asked Alan Shalloway, CEO and Founder of Net Objectives, to start sharing some of what is on his mind right now based on what we have been learning. If you know Alan, you will know that one of his main things is the gap between knowing and doing that is in our industry, we know a lot of what to do but the doing is often not yet in common practice.

And this is leading Net Objectives to offer Lean-Agile at Scale and at the Team: The Value Stream Series, a new webinar series that helps you know what to pay attention to to close that gap.

I'm looking forward to a new season of conversations. I welcome your comments. Drop me a note at jim.trott@netobjectives.com

Complex Stuff and Complicated Stuff: Doing what we know would help

Software product development is among the most challenging of human endeavors. It is a system of many elements and stakeholders with interests, forces, and needs that must be addressed. Markets and people and human nature being what they are, there will always be significant aspects of product development that are "complex" - not fully knowable so we have to observe and try to predict. But not everything is that way. We have learned much about what is required to develop effectively, to be able to deliver value sustainably to the organization. This means that great chunks of this effort could move into the realm of "complicated" work - it still is not simple, but we know what to do. Examples include XP engineering practices, Acceptance Test-Driven Development, Design Patterns, how to manage flow, the importance of making work visible.

Doing the complicated stuff the right way would go a long ways toward more sustainable, more valuable, less painful development work. We know this works because we are seeing this in our own coaching and in conversations with other coaches and consultants.

The challenge before us is that even though We know what to do, it is not yet in common practice.

Lean-Agile at Scale and the Team: The Value Stream Series

We are introducing a new webinar series addresses closing this gap between knowing and doing. It addresses a dozen areas that will significantly improve the flow across the value stream, shortening the time to market from when an idea is conceptualized until it can be put to use by customers. Attending to these things offers great benefit both to development teams and to the Business. And to continue doing so in a sustainable way.

The series begins on May 22, 2012 and you can sign up at www.netobjectives.com/lean-agile-scale-and-team-value-stream-series

What is covered in this webinar series?

  • Lean startup
  • Product portfolio management
  • Scrum, Kanban, and XP practices
  • Technical Agility
  • The Role of the Product Owner
  • Acceptance TDD
  • Enhancing and Extending Scrum
  • Essential Skills for the Agile Developer
  • Scaling Agile with Lean
  • Attending to the culture in your Agile transition
  • Operations and Agility


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About the author | Jim Trott

Jim Trott is a senior consultant for Net Objectives. He has used object-oriented and pattern-based analysis techniques throughout his 20 year career in knowledge management and knowledge engineering. He is the co-author of Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design, Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility, and the Lean-Agile Pocket Guide for Scrum Teams.



        

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