SAFe Twitter Q & A with Al Shalloway

Following recent critiques from Ken Schwaber and David Anderson, a few people were wondering whether leading SAFe proponents were planning to issue a formal response. I didn’t see anything from Dean Leffingwell, but Al Shalloway did helpfully say that while he...

Helping Roles: The Consultant

The Consultant role is one of exerting influence to change the what of operations, limited to areas where you have been asked to help. Gaining the sponsorship to fix the right problem is important, as is gaining the credibility needed for influence. This is a...

Helping Roles: The Contractor

The role of a Contractor is to provide extra skilled capacity at short notice. The change you bring is to tidy up how the work is done, chiefly by example. Proactively expanding beyond that is a direct route to frustration and broken client relationships. This is a...

People, Not Resources

Resource is a fundamentally inappropriate way to describe skilled, intelligent human beings with hopes, dreams and feelings. Soylent Green may be Made Of People, but People Are Not Resources. Why? Because in knowledgework, people are not Plug and Play, Replaceable...

Review: The Principles of Product Development Flow

Review: The Principles of Product Development Flow The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development by Donald G. Reinertsen My rating: 5 of 5 stars Anyone considering themselves as part of the Lean-outside-manufacturing community should read this – it’s the scientific...