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The Watering Hole - Captive Audience

The Watering Hole - Captive Audience
By James Turner
November 14, 2010

Turner's Paradox: Stakeholders are your most important participants. Important people get invited to lots of meetings. Meetings tend to conflict with each other. Therefore, you can never get stakeholders to come to meetings.

Why Aren't You Agile?

By Tom Barker
June 25, 2010

If you aren't currently practicing scrum (or any other agile methodology) - why not? Throughout my career I've worked at many different companies that all struggled to be agile. They all wanted to be agile but for one reason or...

Why Aren't You Agile?

By Tom Barker
June 25, 2010

If you aren't currently practicing scrum (or any other agile methodology) - why not? Throughout my career I've worked at many different companies that all struggled to be agile. They all wanted to be agile but for one reason or...

The Best and the Worst Tech of the Decade

By James Turner
December 17, 2009

With only a few weeks left until we close out the 'naughts and move into the teens, it's almost obligatory to take a look back at the best and not-so-best of the last decade. With that in mind, I polled the O'Reilly editors, authors, Friends, and a number of industry movers and shakers to gather nominations. I then tossed them in the trash and made up my own compiled them together and looked for trends and common threads. So here then, in no particular order, are the best and the worst that the decade had to offer.

Review: "Scaling Lean & Agile Development", by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde

By Ed Willis
August 18, 2009

I've managed a group that ran software projects using Scrum but also provided Scrum support to the wider R&D organization by developing Scrum templates and procedures, developing and delivering Scrum training and providing coaching and mentoring for groups taking their first steps down the Scrum path. So, to be honest, I pretty much figured I had Scrum licked. Then I read "Scaling Agile & Lean Development" by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde. I'd yet to scratch the surface of lean and so the excellent treatment lean gets in this book was expected to be new to me, but it was pretty embarrassing how much I learned about Scrum and agile development along the way. If anything it left me feeling a bit of an agile fraud. In the introduction to "Modern C++ Design" by Andrei Alexandrescu, Herb Sutter talks about how reading Alexandrescu's work made him realize that his understanding of C++ templates was still at the "container of T" level while Alexandrescu's work opened his mind to the vast possibilities offered by C++'s generics. This book leaves me feeling similarly abut agile methods. The book presents a great treatment of agile and lean development methods, places them in the context of queuing theory and lean thinking and provides a road map for configuring the organization in what will be a novel manner for most of us but a manner which has led Toyota and others to remarkable improvements in efficiency, employee satisfaction and responsiveness to market needs. If you're an agile practitioner and proponent, go get this book - you'll be glad you did. Note that a companion volume, "Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development" is due out soon also.


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