Lean-Agile Newsletter – May 16, 2019

Net Objectives

This newsletter continues our theme on what’s the next thing after Agile, as well as presents a few of Scott’s top posts this month. You can subscribe to the RSS feed on NetobjectivesThoughts if you want to get them as he writes them (and you’ll get mine as well).

FLEX Workshop. Aug 16-18. Southern Orange county.

FLEX is the culmination of how Net Objectives has been working on Lean-Agile at scale for well over a decade. It incorporates Flow, Lean, Systems-Thinking and Agile while driving from a business value delivery perspective. FLEX creates a framework tailored for your organization that continues to adapt as you grow. You will leave this workshop both having tailored a framework for your organization and having been given some expertise on how to go back and educate your associates. Licensing of materials is also available.

Webinar: June 3rd. The Six Most Important things I’ve Learned in 20 Years of Agile

Al Shalloway has been on the forefront of most Agile and Lean methods of the last 2 decades. In this webinar he shares the six most important insights he’s had over this time and how they relate to each other:

  1. How to design with patterns thinking
  2. The objective is business Agility
  3. Why the Concept of the MBI is so critical
  4. Lean-thinking (systems thinking and delays and management)
  5. Acceptance Test-Driven Development with Behavior Driven Development
  6. Why we need to focus on our work and not a framework

Each of these insights is critical to achieve effectiveness at any scale beyond a team. Al explains each concept and how they work together to provide guidance on how to improve the effectiveness of your organization

Webinar: June 17th. Creating the Next Paradigm Shift in IT and Product Development

Agile has been around for more than 2 decades. This is more than a lifetime in the information age. Dark Agile (as Agile done poorly has started to be called) has been around for just about as long and seems to be increasing. The reason is reflected in Einstein’s observation – “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” The next paradigm is not based on Agile but on flow.

This talk discusses the main shifts required for the next wave after Agile:

  1. Focus on achieving Business Agility – the quick realization of business value predictably, sustainably and with high quality
  2. Attend to flow to achieve this
  3. Use Flow and Lean Thinking to achieve flow
  4. Focus on the work to be done, not the framework
  5. How Systems thinking, attending to complexity, and the role of Lean-Management are the foundation for this

Scott Bain’s TDD Posts

TDD as a Sustainable Process: Introduction LinkedIn Blog & Audio
Sustainable TDD: Part 1 LinkedIn Blog & Audio
Sustainable TDD: Part 2 LinkedIn Blog & Audio
Sustainable TDD: Part 3 LinkedIn Blog & Audio

My Top Posts for May

What I’m Up to- Leading the Next Mindshift LinkedIn Blog & Audio
Why We Need Adaptive Frameworks LinkedIn Blog & Audio
How MVPs are limiting you if you’re using SAFe LinkedIn Blog & Audio

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
425-269-8991 @alshalloway

SAFe® is a registered trademark of Scaled Agile, Inc.

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