For years I’ve heard people complain that process improvement is pie in the sky concepts that don’t work in the real world. First of all, that’s crap. Second of all, process improvement doesn’t work, until it does, and everybody’s looking to do the new-new thing.
Jamie Flinchbaugh’s blog post on “The Founder” is a great take and means that I’ll be watching this movie soon!
Source: The Founder and Experimentation — Jamie Flinchbaugh
Learning what works and what doesn’t work is driven by experimentation, real-world trials that inform us about cause and effect. How do we improve the ability to experiment? By reducing the cost, the effort, the friction required to test what
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Rethinking What’s Next in Software Development
Al Shalloway is an acknowledged thought leader in how we design and develop software. In this post, he begins the conversation about where we are headed next. It seems that everyone is in software development these days and most agree that we need to improve. Al notes that the original manifesto mentions the Agile Manifesto mentions “the team 17 times, the customer 3 times, business twice and management not at all.” But rather than impaling the sacred Agile Manifesto cow, he offers us a place to start the conversation with his personal manifesto.
I think this is a wonderful place to start a conversation about where we go from here. If you have an opinion about how the software business needs to change, I encourage you to read this post.
A Personal Manifesto | Net Objectives
May 28, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Background and the Agile Manifesto.I have been asked several times to help in the rewrite of an Agile Manifesto. After having been involved in Snowbird 10 (the reunion of some of the original Agile Manifesto authors along with some others from the Lean/Kanban community) I realized there is no “Agile” community. Rather we have many sub-communities that are so diverse it is hard to think of them as being under one umbrella.
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Source: A Personal Manifesto | Net Objectives blog
I’m a big fan of Dean Leffingwell and his work on the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). He’s been bringing lean thinking to software development for some time now. I work in a massive IT organization that has identified SAFe as how we’d like to develop software going forward.
Listen for these key concepts in the video below.
- The Customer and the Value Stream are key to the framework
- Value streams are the central organizing construct for SAFe.
- SAFe as a model, organizes around value, and this helps speed delivery
- Funding value streams vs. funding Agile Release Trains (ARTs)
- When Requirements are needed vs. the concept of Solution Intent
- General purpose solutions vs. ‘bespoke’ solutions
Over the past few years, I have heard many software development professionals say things like, “It’s a pretty good concept, but it doesn’t work in the real world.” or “SAFe doesn’t account for Architecture or other enablers.”
If you are in IT, you owe it to yourself to get up to speed not just on SAFe, but on the underlying lean thinking concepts that are driving it. If you don’t, you risk getting left behind both organizationally, and in your IT career.
Bob H – April 28, 2017
Scaled Agile Framework home: http://www.scaledagileframework.com/
Lean-Agile Mindset Abstract: http://www.scaledagileframework.com/lean-agile-mindset/
Value Streams Abstract: http://www.scaledagileframework.com/value-streams/
Team Kanban Abstract: http://www.scaledagileframework.com/team-kanban/
Is Kanban Right for your team? Yep.
This is a nice post from the folks at Breath Agile.
You’ve got the best performers in your team, yet they falter. If this sound familiar to you, it is time to look at a different approach that can help
Source: How to know if Kanban is right for your team? | Breathe Agile
Great piece from the Foundation for Economic Education
Math is important, but… even numbers-centric people, like engineers or actuaries, report that they use Excel and eighth grade mathematics in their day to day jobs. This article points out that many companies use degrees with high level math thinking as convenient filtering mechanisms. I’ve said for some time now that statistics should replace calculus at the top of the high school learning tree. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of calculus. Without calculus, the modern world as we know it might not exist. But, I have never had someone try to fool/influence me or others with calculus. If world citizens had a better understanding of statistics, we would not be so easily fooled by those seeking to get our votes or our money.
Higher mathematics should be offered and taken by those who need it, or want it; but never required of all students.
Source: The Greatest Myth about Math Education | Foundation for Economic Education