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  • Mary Poppendieck
    Alan, I am not going to the Colorado Software Summit, but I would be very interested in knowing what you find there about companies with certification programs
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 2, 2002
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      Alan,

       

      I am not going to the Colorado Software Summit, but I would be very interested in knowing what you find there about companies with certification programs of Six Sigma programs using Agile methods.

       

      I have a theory that the fundamental issue is answering the question:  How do people know what to do when they show up for work in the morning?  There are two ways – one is that they are guided by a schedule of some sort, or two is that there is something else in place so they can figure out what to do for themselves.  Every time you take away a schedule (pr ‘plan’, as some call it), you need to replace it with a different way for people to find out what to do.

       

      The reason why Scurm and XP are successful is that they replace the schedule with a disciplined way for people to determine what to do next.  This is the iteration, or sprint, which has a disciplined planning process and a disciplined execution process.  As long as you have this, you can live in any CMM or Six Sigma environment.  The fact that the planning and execution process allow very late decision making is not a problem, as long as there is some assurance that the important problems of the organization will be addressed.  

       

      If you have any thoughts on this theory after talking to people at the summit, do share.

       

      Thanks,

       

      Mary Poppendieck

      www.poppendieck.com

      952-934-7998

       

       

         Date: Fri, 01 Nov 2002 19:35:04 -0000

         From: "alanfromclt" <agstreet@...>

      Subject: Colorado Software Summit

       

      I will be at the Colorado Software Summit November 4-8.  I am a Java

      developer, SCRUM/XP user, as well as a division SEPG member and SQA

      manager in a major process improvement initiative at a large US

      bank.  Kind of a weird combination, I admit!

       

      Are there any other SRUM or XP users that are going to be at the

      conference?  Wanna get together, sip some beer, and trade stories?

       

      I am especially interested in chatting with others involved in

      process improvement efforts at large companies that involve CMM or

      ISO certifications and/or Six Sigma methods.  I ESPECIALLY want to

      hear from anyone who succeeded while preserving the freedom of their

      OO development teams to exploit Agile methods.

       

      If you are interested let me know at agstreet@....

       

      Alan

       

       

       

       

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