I have been doing Agile for over 20 years. I see a new path forward, however. One that includes the entire value stream (from concept to consumption) and one that integrates many ideas on the technical side throughout the value stream. This newsletter focuses on two things:
- What’s the next thing after Agile (or, if you prefer, what is Agile morphing into?)
- How to improve your technical agility
For those who want to see what’s coming in Agile at scale
- An Introduction to FLEX: FLow for Enterprise Transformation, May 3. This talk discusses a breakthrough in how to use frameworks and provides a light-weight, viable alternative to SAFe for small to mid-scale organizations.
- FLEX workshop (scroll down after selecting). May 6-8. A small workshop on FLEX in Orange County, CA. Work with me for three days on how to create a tailored framework for your organization.
- How using MBIs ties strategies, the intake process, ATDD, and planning together. People are getting more interested in how to drive business agility, but Agile remains weak here, either because they attempt to drive it from a bottom up approach or use overly complex approaches. Minimum business increments are a key missing piece of Agile that can make a real impact on your bottom line.
For those wanting to see what’s coming in technical agility
- The relationship between ATDD and Design Patterns.
- Scott Bain’s blogs on TDD. I joke that I want to be like Scott when I grow up. He truly is the best instructor I’ve seen in my career. He’s also a great writer, having authored one book (Emergent Design) and co-authored another (Essential Skills for the Agile developer). He’s been writing a series of blogs on TDD that are definitely worth reading. Follow him on LinkedIn or follow our blog on the link provided.
A side note for those considering or wanting to improve SAFe. As a former contributor to SAFe, an SPCT and Gold partner, I know how to make SAFe better. If you’re considering doing SAFe or want to see how to improve it, see Part IX: Using FLEX to both enhance and simplify SAFe.
As always, happy to chat with you about your challenges and how we can help.
Al Shalloway, CEO, Net Objectives
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Don’t see an offering in your area? Let us know so that we can see about scheduling one nearby!
- May 3. Webinar: An Introduction to FLEX: FLow for Enterprise Transformation
- May 6-8. Public Course: FLow for Enterprise Transformation – Going Beyond Lean and Agile to Achieve Business Agility
Here are online courses and workshops being offered now on Net Objectives University.