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New Technology Solutions provides actionable, expert agile guidance
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Dan Mezick, President of New Technology Solutions Inc
more about Dan Mezick here
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If you are considering adopting some agile ideas in your company, you
need to bring in an experienced and perceptive expert guide, to help
This is because adopting agile ideas is in fact "culture change".
And culture change is HARD.
You need a mentor. You need a coach. You need a TRUSTED ADVISOR.
reason is simple.
Aspects of your current company culture
are usually your main
to adopting Agile.
You need an expert with eyes and ears that are NOT
part of your culture, to NOTICE what is going on INSIDE your culture.
Let New Technology Solutions, led by Dan Mezick, be your TRUSTED ADVISOR.
If you have ever attended a Agile
Boston or Agile
CT user group meeting,
you already know that Dan is an expert on effectively adopting Agile
ideas. You know Dan's primary focus is SERVICE to others. And you
know Dan is
a very effective organizer, manager and teacher.
An expert on implementing Lean, Agile and Scrum ideas;
The organizer and leader of the Agile Boston and Agile CT user groups;
An experienced advisor to CxO level executives on effective Agile change;
An experienced Agile Coach and management advisor.
more about Dan Mezick here
If you REALLY want to successfully adopt agile ideas in your company,
you want Dan.
Agile Boston meetings draw as many as 239 people. How does
Dan do this?
Answer: The agile way.
You are probably pondering how to proceed with agile ideas in your company.
You probably have questions about interrelated terms such as Lean,
Agile, Kanban, Scrum, and
Here is a quick primer.
Agile is an umbrella-term for a set of principles
and associated practices for developing complex products, usually software,
Agile implementations are easier to execute on when the company is
small, under about 500
employees. Organizations of that
usually have a small
IT department, but that is not the reason. The reason is that smaller
organizations must stay entreprenuerial in culture and execution
to survive. This entreprenuerial cultural norm is highly empirical in
approach, and therefore conducive to Agile
This is totally
true of small under-100 person firms, and definitely true up to about
150 employees. An entrepreneurial culture helps Agile implementations
take root. This is because Agile methods and entrepreneurial methods both
Empiricism to relentlessly focus and refocus on the things that matter.
Your company was once empirical-- and highly adaptive. Is that still
Dan do some detailed explaining on Scrum's boundaries and roles
Most Agile adoptions usually include some strong interest in Scrum.
The empirical Scrum
focuses on iterative and adaptive learning while strongly discouraging
making of predictions.
and attention during software projects with this empirical, non-predictive
Scrum is the predominant process management approach
for Agile teams. To get it right, implementing Scrum usually
requires some adept Scrum
The Scrum ground rules and associated group norms are an essential part
of why Scrum works. A good Scrum coach can guide you towards
effective execution of these ground rules and team cultural norms. This
leads to success with
your Agile implementation.
Scrum framework works by relentlessly focusing and RE-focusing attention
on the things that matter most.
This emphasis on focusing attention is a hallmark of the Scrum framework
to manage the project towards productivity and away from waste.
Dan is the
first to write on Scrum's role as an attention manager/attention harness.
early writing on the link between the phenomenon of Inattentional Blindness
advances Scrum by explaining in part how it actually works.
Scrum works by making it almost impossible to get distracted during a software
Scrum implementations that are true to the Scrum
design (3 roles, 3 ceremonies, 3 artifacts, and now 3 best practices)
an environment for hyperproductive teams to form and blossom. The
primary task that Scrum executes on is the management of team-level attention
and team-level cognition. As such, Scrum is a fascinating framework
Scrum coaching and Agile coaching from New Technology Solutions is set
up to help you focus on what matters most in your Agile implementation.
We focus you on empirical process, managing group and team attention, and
These goals are not as easy to accomplish as you may first estimate.
Our approach is to help you to identify and draw attention to the
critical success factors that are necessary for a truly successful
Dan teaching on the future of agile/Scrum and Lean software development
Lean is a term coined in the 1990 book THE MACHINE
THAT CHANGED THE WORLD. That book described Toyota's way of running
things. This is also known as the THE TOYOTA WAY or THE 14 PRINCIPLES.
Lean is best described as a set of principles for
guiding action. While Lean
DROP DEAD DIFFICULT
to execute on. Again the main impediment is CULTURE.
If Lean was simple to execute on, Toyota would have NO ADVANTAGE
as everyone would simply copy them. How does Toyota pull off 'Lean'
while others cannot? What is the 'secret sauce' ??
The answer to this
all-important question is part of what New Technology Solutions
is all about.
Very few so-called experts can answer this question. New Technology
Many so-called Lean/Agile 'experts'
suggest adopting Lean at the enterprise level...as if it is so
simple. Can ANY company "go Lean" ?
Well, yes and no.
For example, Scrum can be
in the small".
The core values of Scrum (Respect, Openness, Commitment, Courage and Focus) are
100% in alignment with Lean.
If you cannot do Scrum well on one or more teams, you have 'zero
chance' of adopting Lean at the enterprise level.
Because Scrum is "Lean in the small". If your organization
cannot support some basic Lean ideas found inside the Scrum framework,
how is your company able to even consider Lean
the entire enterprise?
It is MISGUIDED to attempt any kind of Lean adoption without small
steps in the right direction that prove your organizational (read:
Dan teaching at the GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM event 11/25/2009
in Boston. A speaker at Agile2007, Agile2008 and Agile2009, Dan
managing the [Manifesting
Kanban means 'visual
card' or 'visual board' or 'visual sign'. It is a rows-and-columns
the work content and process and flow are manifested in physical
space on the Kanban board.
The primary unit of measure in Kanban
is the 'work item'. There are no iterations in a Kanban system.
is on individual 'work items'. In a Kanban system, you work ideally
work on ONE thing at a time and work-in-process is intentionally
minimized. The primary purpose of this is to increase the flow
of work and to increase quality of 'done' items.
Manifesting plans in physical space, usually through writing,
is a timeless success concept. Ask any life coach or motivational
speaker or successful person. 'Seeing is believing'. Kanban leverages
this idea via the 'visual board'. Kanban adds workflow features
that minimize waste and maximize production.
Scrum uses a 'Task Board' that is very similar to a Kanban board.
Kanban is an advanced and more sophisticated use of the Task Board.
So if Scrum uses a Task Board, what is the difference between
Scrum and Kanban?
The primary difference is in the containing boundaries of
Work must be contained or "bounded" to be understood. You cannot
work on a boundary-less work item. The boundary CONTAINS the work.
Scrum , the primary boundary of work is the time-box or Sprint.
a time boundary.
In Kanban, the primary boundary is the definition of the work
item itself. Management defines the work in "small batches" and
places it on a queue. The team
works on one small batch at a time, in that queue.
However, the Kanban
team has no time-box container for the work, and no associated
time-box rules like "no interruptions" inside the time-box". So
management can interrupt the Kanban team at any time. In Scrum,
the Sprint time-boundary
box" is the container for work while in Kanban, the small-batch
work item definition is the container for work.
Note that Scrum and Kanban are both actively managing ATTENTION
of the team. Scrum's time-boxed iterations and Daily Scrum meeting
both designed in increase focus and attention.
Kanban's small batches,
clear work definitions and visual display of "work" and "process
status" do the same thing.
Kanban, Lean, Scrum and genuine Agile ideas are in fact all very interrelated. Kanban, Lean and Scrum can all be used together.
Let Dan Mezick
and New Technology Solutions show you how to fully understand
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Dan is active in developing Agile ideas at the national level.
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