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  • Allan Kelly: Dyslexia makes me stronger: Is Agile dyslexic?
    Remember, I wrote a book on this ). 'I’m signing off from 2014 with a rather personal blog post, perhaps my most personal ever, that also means it is a little long, sorry about this, Happy Christmas, please leave all the comments you wish… Have you ever read, or seen, Macbeth? Towards the end of the play he is battling MacDuff, but Macbeth is convinced he will win because the witches told him “No man born of woman can harm Macbeth” and obviously MacDuff is a man born of woman isn’t he? Except, MacDuff was torn from his mothers womb, what we call a caesarian birth these days. don’t.
    Allan Kelly's Blog - Monday, December 22, 2014
  • It is all X or Y management - and why Agile people should read Mintberg
    I just checked and I am amazed to discover this 1961 book is still in print!) One of his shorter strategy books would make a good start. Rise and Fall is a great book that is work reading but it isn’t a quick read and it requires thought. Better to just read someone else’s book.) 'In the last few years it has become increasingly common to hear Agile supporters talking about Beyond Budgeting, indeed, I was instrumental in inviting Bjarte Bogsnes to deliver at keynotes at Agile on the Beach this year. Again, fellow travellers. And I’ve heard talk of Agile HR.
    Allan Kelly's Blog - Tuesday, November 18, 2014
  • Does Agile require cultural change?
    Heck, I kind of wrote a book about this once upon a time. 'If Wood Allen was an Agile Coach Consultant he might say: “#Agile without culture change is an empty experience; but as empty experience go its one of the best” I sit in Agile conferences (and I include Lean and Kanban here) and I hear people say “To really become Agile you need culture change.” And I agree with them. Yes, if you really want to be Agile, and get the greatest benefit from Agile you need to change the culture of the organization to embrace the Agile way. agree. But, big BUT…. Culture change is not an enabler.
    Allan Kelly's Blog - Thursday, November 6, 2014
  • #NoProjects / #BeyondProjects - Agile Tour & Lean Kanban UK conference
    When booking on the Lean Kanban UK website use the code LK14SPK for 15% discount. 'The next few weeks sees me delivering my #NoProjects/#BeyondProjects presentation at two London conference - Agile Tour London (Friday this week) and Lean Kanban UK (3 & 4 November). In fact I spent a lot of yesterday refreshing the presentation. Problem is there is just too much to say, the more I look at it the more problems I find with the project model but at the same time I want to make the presentation more positive by emphasising the alternative, the Beyond Projects bit. Simple, really
    Allan Kelly's Blog - Tuesday, October 21, 2014
  • Estimates or #NoEstimates? that is the question
    ve blogged about this before (well, I’ve mentioned it in lots of blogs, see this one Conclusions and Hypothesis about estimates ) and I’ve devoted a large section of the Xanpan book to talking about I see estimates working but I think its worth revisiting the subject. 'To estimate or not to estimate, to join the #NoEstimates bang-wagon or not, that is the question. Maybe it is a navel gazing exercise for agile-folk but it does seem to be the reoccurring theme. And I can’t get over this feeling that some of my peers think I’m a bit stupid for continuing to support estimates.
    Allan Kelly's Blog - Monday, September 29, 2014
  • #AOSW - Agile Outside of Software - starts here
    After the conference I discovered this small book which I’ve only just started reading: “ Scrum Marketing: Applying Agile Methodologies to Marketing ”.) 'We had the Agile on the Beach conference a couple of weeks. In a word: Brilliant - just look at the photos and see how people enjoyed themselves. OK, I’m biased, I’m one of the organisers, but many people told me it was brilliant or they just didn’t want to hurt my feelings. There is much I could write about Agile on the Beach but I don’t have enough time. Her talk is available on YouTube. Oxford Innovation have built on that legacy.
    Allan Kelly's Blog - Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • Nightmare on Agile Street 2: Managed Agile
    Its 2014 again… “The key is to set the framework,” she continues, “establish boundaries so people know what their responsibilities are then we can empower them” Fred has gone, standing at the lectern in dog collar is Henry Mintzberg - my management hero - he is reading from another tattered book entitled Managing : “the later term empowerment did not change [manager control], because the term itself indicated that the power remained with the manager. 'Blow me down, its happening again… I’m awake. m wet, its a cold sweat. Its the small hours of the morning and the dream is horrid.
    Allan Kelly's Blog - Tuesday, September 16, 2014
  • Agile outside of software
    and my argument that “Agile is Lean thinking applied to software development” and I wrote whole book saying the software development, and Agile software development specifically, is an example of Organizational Learning. Ultimately the distinction between Lean and Agile breaks down in my book. 'Later this week I’m doing a presentation at Agile On The Beach entitled: “Agile outside of software development”. I resisted the temptation to call it “Agile Beyond Software”). Before the term Agile Software Development was coined there was “Agile Manufacturing”.
    Allan Kelly's Blog - Tuesday, September 2, 2014
  • Book: Scaling up Excellence
    'In the early days of this blog I used to regular blog book reviews. As I found ideas of my own to blog about - and found fewer books I wanted to read - so book reviews ceased. But right now I want to blog about a book because I want to recommend this book. The book is: Scaling Up Excellence by Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao. In this book he continues some of that theme (“Why don’t we do what we know is better?”) so its a book which should find a ready audience in the software community. My (e)book copy is covered in highlights and comments.
    Allan Kelly's Blog - Wednesday, August 27, 2014
  • Allan Kelly: Nightmare on Agile Street
    points are the new hours, in the dream I have a book “The Mythical Man Point”. 'I’m awake. m lying in my bed. m sweating but I’m cold. Its the small hours of the morning and the dream is as vivid as it is horrid. m standing in a clients offices, I’ve been here before, I know whats happening. They are building an website. Quite a complex one, this will be the primary purchasing venue for many customers. This will project the company image - and with the right bits it can up-sell to customers - it can even help reduce costs by servicing the customers after the sale. All good stuff.
    Allan Kelly's Blog - Monday, July 28, 2014
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