Category Archives: xp

Are you an independent thinker or just an Agile Parrot?


There are two kinds of blog posters out there: 1) Independent thinkers who have their own opinion or conclusions about things, and write about them 2) Parrots who regurgitate what others have written with little to no original content. When … Continue reading

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Cultural aspects of bringing Lean, Kanban, TPS, Scrum and other Japanese based management systems to the west


As most of us are aware, techniques such as Kanban, Lean, TPS, and Scrum are based on Japanese project management techniques. In this post, I am going to talk about the cultural aspects of business in Japan, and how that … Continue reading

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Refactoring the Scrum Lexicon


There has been much discussion lately regarding reforming some of the words in the Scrum Lexicon. I welcome such long overdue discussion, for several reasons. 1) It obviously demonstrates that even the founders feel that modification is necessary, and thus … Continue reading

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Job Titles and Pay Scale in an Agile World


Many “Agile Methods” such as Scrum and XP suggest (or command) that there shall be no job titles on the team. What are the implications of this? Although this “utopian” view suggests that all team members are equal, this would … Continue reading

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If you’re not doing XYZ, you’re not REALLY doing Scrum/XP…


We hear that all the time… if you don’t do …. $X…. then you’re not really doing Scrum or XP. So what are the implications of this? 1) It doesn’t matter if you’re “really” doing XP or Scrum. Those are … Continue reading

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Scrum as the new “Command and Control”


Scrum promises an end to “command and control” management. But does it really? Let’s look at this in depth: 1) In the old way everyone had one professional manager they reported to 2) That manager may assign tasks or allow … Continue reading

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Scrum and XP as related to the Agile Manifesto


People often point to the manifesto to justify aspects of Scrum or XP. They’ll say “see right here in the manifesto it says that….” These folks need to learn a little history.

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