Category Archives: Lean Software Development

Waterfall? Get Over it Already!

Is it fair to call Quasimodo ugly? Earlier this year, on the LinkedIn Agile and Lean Software discussion group, someone posted the question, “Is it fair or accurate to malign the waterfall process as is rote when people push agile … Continue reading

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T-shaped Agile

Quite frequently, I hear folks in the agile development community splitting hairs over their favorite approaches to delivering products and services. There are those who will argue over whether or not one should be allowed to mention “Scrum” and “Lean” … Continue reading

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Peeling the Onion on Agile Software Development

It is shocking how few folks in leadership positions seem to grasp the difference between strategy and tactics.  I think this may be a symptom of the incredibly short attention span most businesses have today… looking at the current quarters performance.  Probably no where … Continue reading

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Lean or Kanban or Agile

Before the week gets going I want to sort through some of my thoughts on this whole Lean/Kanban thing. A bit of history… Mary Poppendieck was one of the first few authors I ever read when I got formally introduced … Continue reading

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Refactoring: You keep using that word…

One of the more powerful, yet more easily misunderstood XP tools is the practice of refactoring. It is actually such an important piece of the Agile development puzzle that most teams, whether they are actually doing Scrum or XP or … Continue reading

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Chambering The Next ‘Silver Bullet’

Just recently I attended Lean 2010 in Atlanta, GA, April 21-23, 2010. I ‘learned’ something that I didn’t know before… basically that Scrum / Agile is broken and Kanban software development is the answer. I heard two presenters at the … Continue reading

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The importance of rhythm

Stepping away from the Rigidity in Agile Development meme for a minute.  I’d like to talk about the importance of a true rhythm.  Lately, I’ve met with various teams that have struggled with how to define their iteration length.  Some … Continue reading

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Lean/Kanban Conference in London…

I am currently in my second year on the Agile Alliance board.  We meet face-to-face four times each year (including at the annual agile 200x conference) and September’s meeting was planned for London. Coincidentally there was also the UK Lean … Continue reading

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sidebar ~ lean and scrum (an interview)

fun interview format: lean kanban & scrum sprints -: thank you for joining sidebar. i’m your host – (dash) and our guests for todays format will be lean software development and scrum development process. please welcome them… (applause) ;p scrum: … Continue reading

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The Hard Reality…

We all want to be really good at what we do… we strive to get better… we want to think that we are making a contribution to the success of our organizations… we want to think that we are adding … Continue reading

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