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Why You Need a Hybrid System

June 27, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

People seem to pick between Scrum & Kanban instead of looking to see what they need to do. We should not start with a solution. We should start with understanding our problem. Scrum and Kanban both provide insights into challenges we may have and how to solve them.  We should also look to other methods to provide us insights.

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It’s Déjà vu All Over Again

June 13, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Several years ago I tried to discuss the need for Lean when Scrum was being used on projects with more than one team.  Ken Schwaber didn’t want to hear this and eventually threw me off the Scrum Development Yahoo discussions group.  I admit, I was talking outside the domain of what he wanted – the pretense was that Scrum wasn’t Lean and the Scrum Development group wasn’t the place to talk about Lean.

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In Defense of Kanban

June 8, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

As many folks know, Net Objectives does both Scrum and Kanban. Admittedly, our Scrum is very much like Scrumban (or Scrum done under the context of Lean) but it is still an implementation of Scrum.  Scrum, as it normally manifests itself, has several challenges in that it requires teams to learn too much about how to apply it (much is know that hasn't been incorporated into it) and many teams try it when it really isn't the best framework for their situation. 

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The Differences Between Lean Manufacturing and Lean Software Development

June 8, 2013 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Since lean comes from manufacturing, many question its validity for software developers. Our own experience is that Lean in software is very important.  This blog covers three areas:

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Al Shalloway
Business, Operations, Process, Sales, Agile Design and Patterns, Personal Development, Agile, Lean-Agile, Kanban, Scrum, Scrumban, XP
Cory Foy
Change Management, Innovation Games, Team Agility, Transitioning to Agile
Jim Trott
Business and Strategy Development, Analysis and Design Methods, Change Management, Knowledge Management, Lean Implementation, Team Agility, Transitioning to Agile, Workflow, Technical Writing, Certifications, Coaching, Mentoring, Online Training, Professional Development, Agile, Lean-Agile, Kanban
Ken Pugh
Software Design, Design Patterns, Technical Writing, TDD, ATDD, Coaching, Mentoring, Professional Development, Agile, Lean-Agile, Scrum
Scott Bain
Agile Design and Patterns, Software Design, Design Patterns, Technical Writing, TDD, Coaching, Mentoring, Online Training, Professional Development, Agile