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In SPaMCAST 560 we complete our wide-ranging interview with Al Shalloway.  We continue our conversations about the troubles dogging classic agile, the Agile Industrial Complex, using a scientific approach to change, and FLEX.  I recommend that you listen to SPaMCAST 559 before listening to this week’s podcast. 

Mr. Shalloway’s bio:

Al Shalloway is the creator of FLEX (FLow for Enterprise Transformation), a framework that is a platform for any practices consistent with Flow, Lean, and Agile, including technical practices. Al has made explicit his thought leadership in Scrum, XP, SAFe, Lean, Flow, design patterns and test-first methods into creating FLEX. FLEX takes a scientific approach regarding what methods work best. While it integrates with its own baseline of practices to offer a complete solution to organizations, its architecture enables it to be both tailored as needed to an organization as well as having other consultants integrate their own practices in it. The intention is to create a community of consultants that can offer the services needed by practitioners in a cohesive manner while avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach. Al is the co-author of 5 books as well as the author of the upcoming book on FLEX.



Twitter: @alshalloway 

Re-Read Saturday News

Why does leadership bring a release home to great adulation only to have the next release crash and burn? Did the leader’s skill change between releases or were other random factors, such as luck, involved. Kahneman suggests a simple formula as a thought experiment.  Success = skill + luck. Chapter 17 of Thinking, Fast and Slow, Regression To The Mean, discusses correlation and causal interpretation.  

Remember, if you do not have a favorite, dog-eared copy of Thinking, Fast and Slow, please buy a copy.  Using the links in this blog entry helps support the blog and its alter-ego, The Software Process and Measurement Cast. Buy a copy on Amazon,  It’s time to get reading!  

 The installments:

Week 1: Logistics and Introduction

Week 2: The Characters Of The Story

Week 3: Attention and Effort

Week 4: The Lazy Controller

Week 5: The Associative Machine

Week 6: Cognitive Ease

Week 7: Norms, Surprises, and Causes

Week 8: A Machine for Jumping to Conclusions 

Week 9: How Judgement Happens and Answering An Easier Question 

Week 10:  Law of Small Numbers 

Week 11: Anchors 

Week 12: The Science of Availability 

Week 13: Availability, Emotion, and Risk 

Week 14: Tom W’s Speciality 

Week 15: Linda: Less Is More 

Week 16: Causes Trump Statistics 

Week 17: Regression To The Mean 



SPaMCAST 561 will feature our essay on the Daily Scrum.  The Daily Scrum, sometimes known as a standup, is ubiquitous but it is often a hot mess.  Let’s fix it.  

We will also have a visit from Susan Parente!