What I learned at Deliver Agile

May 10, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Deliver Agile is the Agile Alliance's Technical conference. This was one of the best conferences I've attended. The talks were awesome & at all levels. & ppl were generous with their time. Here are my takeaways:

  1. every thought leader I talked to thought a focus on learning how to do your job was more important than learning a framework (Scrum in particular). That Scrum could be learned as a supportive framework (which doesn't happen in the way it is usually taught).
  2. lots of stuff on refactoring, in particular, what we call "disciplined refactoring" is really refactoring. Just changing code without the discpline is something else.
  3. what crossed the chasm is not Agile (adopt by definition is not adapt). Nice to hear others believe that anything with immutable aspects is not Agile. To do Scrum well requires you to get away from it.
  4. small step learning is critical
  5. confirmed that while embedded technical coaching is good, embedded process coaching at team level is not of much value

On a personal note, I was happy to see a lot of folks offering such a diverse range of approaches & somewhat humbled by what a little part I play in things.

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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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