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A shift in my efforts

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A shift in my efforts



I have often mentioned the failings of Scrum. I have been doing this for almost 2 decades when after initial success with it, I found other approaches more useful. My intentions have been to create some clarity on what would be an effective team approach. Scrum is ubiquitous and, in my mind, seriously flawed in design.

I have long felt that if I could be just clear enough, people would see what I see and other methods would become more widespread. However, I have seen that this has turned into more discussion about Scrum, which I'm trying to get past, than about what's possible. My past approach has been impacted by the reality that these reflections illustrate:


- "if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" - Abraham Maslow
- "it's hard to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it" - Upton Sinclair
- All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." Arthur Schopenhauer

I have been thinking for a while that I needed to focus more on the future. Create an understanding of what effective Agile would look like and stop focusing on fixing the past. I recently saw the quote in the attached picture. It has pushed me over the edge.

While I will still refer to Scrum and SAFe at times, I am going to focus more on what effective Agile would be. I already know what this is. I'm mostly having to see how to explain it concisely. It is based on the objective of business agility. Taking a scientific, engineering and systems thinking approach. It incorporates theories of Flow, Lean, ToC, complexity thinking (a la Goldratt's inherent simplicity) organizational development, individual psychology and uses pattern to organize it. It will provides methods for team, sub-orgs of a company and full enterprises.

And most importantly, It provides simple starts while providing ways to learn and improve and is not overly complex. This is not new. This is the approach I've been working on for almost 2 decades. I'm just going to be more explicit about how DA FLEX in particular and Disciplined Agile in general, follows this model.

Note that I may post some previously published Linkedin articles here which may refer to Scrum more now than my current efforts.

 

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