We are past "any color you want as long as it's black"

April 26, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Ford’s Model T introduced in 1908 was named the most influential car of the 20th century mostly because:

  1. It provided inexpensive transportation on a massive scale
  2. Used innovative techniques to lower its cost
  3. Created a reliable, easily maintained, mass-market

These three components are needed now in the software development/IT training/consulting/coaching industry:

  1. inexpensive training to large groups
  2. Innovative techniques to manifest this
  3. Provide a sustainable support system

Unfortunately these are not very well widespread. They are possible to do, although you have to break with the popular certification models that focus on a one size fits all. While Henry Ford could get always with saying “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black” that doesn’t work in software development because organizations are different and accommodating them is not just a matter of style.

If you are interested in how we do this (at either the team or at scale), please drop me a line.

Al 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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