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  • Mike Beedle
    Dear all, As many of you know I started another company, Hipaa Acccelerator, http://www.hipaaccelerator.com, about a year and a half ago, that is solely
    Message 1 of 14 , Jan 14, 2003
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      Dear all,

      As many of you know I started another company,
      Hipaa Acccelerator, http://www.hipaaccelerator.com,
      about a year and a half ago, that is solely dedicated
      to solve Hipaa Privacy problems.

      Hipaa Privacy problems are intersting enterprise
      problems because they almost always require
      many projects to be managed and delivered
      concurrently. For example, Hipaa Privacy mandates
      reports of PHI (protected health information),
      and Disclosure Accounting reports, that must access
      data throughout the enterprise, and coordinate
      business processes often involving dozens of people
      for approval, escalation, investigation, delegation,
      management, routing, retrieval, etc.; for even
      a single request.

      Each client implementation needs to be deployed while
      many other things change like:

      - changes in Hipaa Privacy and State laws
      - changes in the systems to be integrated with
      - changes in business processes (policies
      and procedures), typically coming from legal
      and/or business process owners
      - etc.

      and couple with the normal changes and
      uncertainties found in every project like:

      - staff overturn and staff absorption
      - staff mentoring/training in both the business
      domain and the technology
      - changes in technology i.e. development environment
      and deployment tools and versions, etc.;
      - changes in design
      - refactoring
      - etc.

      all of which were very significat in our case. To
      make it ever more challenging, the government
      mandated deadline is 4/14/2003, requiring every
      project to be a "little miracle".

      To cope with the above uncertainty and change, we
      decided to use XBreed -- a combination of Scrum, XP,
      Open Source and Alexanderian practices for every
      client installation (More at: http://www.xbreed.net
      Yes, I know, the XBreed site needs urgent updating...
      but I am too busy in the trenches to keep it up to
      date. Besides that I don't sell software methods
      or "general software development consulting" -- I
      only sell Hipaa Privacy solutions these days :-)

      Btw, XBreed, means "cross breed" not "extreme breed",
      and it was inspired by the similar concept in genetics

      which literally means a thing with the natural
      selected genes of XP, Scrum, Alexanderian and
      Open Source.

      Today, I am glad to report that once again, Scrum,
      with the extensions that we call XBreed, has helped
      us deliver to production one of the most challenging
      projects I had ever dealt with in my 20+ years of
      experience.

      Business details:
      The project involved about 20 people, 5 which were
      developers, 3 testers, 5 system people, 3 full time
      users, 1 scrum master, 1 product owner, 2 sponsors,
      etc. It will be deployed to ~3000 thousand
      users throughout the State of Idaho.

      The application fulfills just about every requirement
      for Hipaa Privacy compliance, as well as all the
      state law preemptions for the State of Idaho.

      Technical details:
      The application is a 130-screen j2ee web-based
      application, using servlets, EJBs, JSPs, etc.; and
      works with a DB2 and SQL server. And it includes
      rule-based workflow, document management, an LDAP
      role-based security among other things.

      There is no doubt that without the power of Scrum,
      that gave us constant feedback and with that a
      fresh new "context" where to apply patterns on a
      daily basis, a constant oppportunity for
      self-organization and re-prioritization of tasks,
      and the fabric of a cooperative culture that allowed
      us to freely and constantly exchange knowledge, we
      would have never got to where we are here today.

      I am as always proud to be a Scrum practitioner; yet,
      I am still intrigued and mystified about the
      simple but powerful powers of this Scrum thing.

      How can something so simple be so powerful?

      As fascinating as the why might be, in the end
      who cares!! ... it surely works,

      - Mike



      =====
      Michael A. Beedle Ph. D.
      CEO, Hipaa Accelerator, Inc.
      2275 Half Day Rd. Suite 350
      Bannockburn, IL. 60015
      Office: 847-821-2631 Cell: 847-840-9890
      Email: beedlem@...
      Web: http://www.hipaaccelerator.com
    • Mike Cohn
      Congratulations on the successful delivery, Mike. That sounds like a great project! -Mike ... From: Mike Beedle [mailto:beedlem@e-architects.com] Sent:
      Message 2 of 14 , Jan 14, 2003
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        Congratulations on the successful delivery, Mike. That sounds like a great
        project!

        -Mike

        -----Original Message-----
        From: Mike Beedle [mailto:beedlem@...]
        Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 6:53 PM
        To: scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [scrumdevelopment] A Successful XBreed/Scrum Project


        Dear all,

        As many of you know I started another company,
        Hipaa Acccelerator, http://www.hipaaccelerator.com,
        about a year and a half ago, that is solely dedicated
        to solve Hipaa Privacy problems.

        Hipaa Privacy problems are intersting enterprise
        problems because they almost always require
        many projects to be managed and delivered
        concurrently. For example, Hipaa Privacy mandates
        reports of PHI (protected health information),
        and Disclosure Accounting reports, that must access
        data throughout the enterprise, and coordinate
        business processes often involving dozens of people
        for approval, escalation, investigation, delegation,
        management, routing, retrieval, etc.; for even
        a single request.

        Each client implementation needs to be deployed while
        many other things change like:

        - changes in Hipaa Privacy and State laws
        - changes in the systems to be integrated with
        - changes in business processes (policies
        and procedures), typically coming from legal
        and/or business process owners
        - etc.

        and couple with the normal changes and
        uncertainties found in every project like:

        - staff overturn and staff absorption
        - staff mentoring/training in both the business
        domain and the technology
        - changes in technology i.e. development environment
        and deployment tools and versions, etc.;
        - changes in design
        - refactoring
        - etc.

        all of which were very significat in our case. To
        make it ever more challenging, the government
        mandated deadline is 4/14/2003, requiring every
        project to be a "little miracle".

        To cope with the above uncertainty and change, we
        decided to use XBreed -- a combination of Scrum, XP,
        Open Source and Alexanderian practices for every
        client installation (More at: http://www.xbreed.net
        Yes, I know, the XBreed site needs urgent updating...
        but I am too busy in the trenches to keep it up to
        date. Besides that I don't sell software methods
        or "general software development consulting" -- I
        only sell Hipaa Privacy solutions these days :-)

        Btw, XBreed, means "cross breed" not "extreme breed",
        and it was inspired by the similar concept in genetics

        which literally means a thing with the natural
        selected genes of XP, Scrum, Alexanderian and
        Open Source.

        Today, I am glad to report that once again, Scrum,
        with the extensions that we call XBreed, has helped
        us deliver to production one of the most challenging
        projects I had ever dealt with in my 20+ years of
        experience.

        Business details:
        The project involved about 20 people, 5 which were
        developers, 3 testers, 5 system people, 3 full time
        users, 1 scrum master, 1 product owner, 2 sponsors,
        etc. It will be deployed to ~3000 thousand
        users throughout the State of Idaho.

        The application fulfills just about every requirement
        for Hipaa Privacy compliance, as well as all the
        state law preemptions for the State of Idaho.

        Technical details:
        The application is a 130-screen j2ee web-based
        application, using servlets, EJBs, JSPs, etc.; and
        works with a DB2 and SQL server. And it includes
        rule-based workflow, document management, an LDAP
        role-based security among other things.

        There is no doubt that without the power of Scrum,
        that gave us constant feedback and with that a
        fresh new "context" where to apply patterns on a
        daily basis, a constant oppportunity for
        self-organization and re-prioritization of tasks,
        and the fabric of a cooperative culture that allowed
        us to freely and constantly exchange knowledge, we
        would have never got to where we are here today.

        I am as always proud to be a Scrum practitioner; yet,
        I am still intrigued and mystified about the
        simple but powerful powers of this Scrum thing.

        How can something so simple be so powerful?

        As fascinating as the why might be, in the end
        who cares!! ... it surely works,

        - Mike



        =====
        Michael A. Beedle Ph. D.
        CEO, Hipaa Accelerator, Inc.
        2275 Half Day Rd. Suite 350
        Bannockburn, IL. 60015
        Office: 847-821-2631 Cell: 847-840-9890
        Email: beedlem@...
        Web: http://www.hipaaccelerator.com

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      • Ken Schwaber
        Congratulations to Mike on a job well done with his innovations in Scrum and the technology he built for hipaaccelerator. Since we developed Scrum
        Message 3 of 14 , Jan 14, 2003
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          Congratulations to Mike on a job well done with his innovations in Scrum and
          the technology he built for hipaaccelerator. Since we developed Scrum
          experientially, I too am awed by how well it works. Someday we may even
          understand why.
          KEn

          -----Original Message-----
          From: Mike Beedle [mailto:beedlem@...]
          Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 8:53 PM
          To: scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: [scrumdevelopment] A Successful XBreed/Scrum Project



          Dear all,

          As many of you know I started another company,
          Hipaa Acccelerator, http://www.hipaaccelerator.com,
          about a year and a half ago, that is solely dedicated
          to solve Hipaa Privacy problems.

          Hipaa Privacy problems are intersting enterprise
          problems because they almost always require
          many projects to be managed and delivered
          concurrently. For example, Hipaa Privacy mandates
          reports of PHI (protected health information),
          and Disclosure Accounting reports, that must access
          data throughout the enterprise, and coordinate
          business processes often involving dozens of people
          for approval, escalation, investigation, delegation,
          management, routing, retrieval, etc.; for even
          a single request.

          Each client implementation needs to be deployed while
          many other things change like:

          - changes in Hipaa Privacy and State laws
          - changes in the systems to be integrated with
          - changes in business processes (policies
          and procedures), typically coming from legal
          and/or business process owners
          - etc.

          and couple with the normal changes and
          uncertainties found in every project like:

          - staff overturn and staff absorption
          - staff mentoring/training in both the business
          domain and the technology
          - changes in technology i.e. development environment
          and deployment tools and versions, etc.;
          - changes in design
          - refactoring
          - etc.

          all of which were very significat in our case. To
          make it ever more challenging, the government
          mandated deadline is 4/14/2003, requiring every
          project to be a "little miracle".

          To cope with the above uncertainty and change, we
          decided to use XBreed -- a combination of Scrum, XP,
          Open Source and Alexanderian practices for every
          client installation (More at: http://www.xbreed.net
          Yes, I know, the XBreed site needs urgent updating...
          but I am too busy in the trenches to keep it up to
          date. Besides that I don't sell software methods
          or "general software development consulting" -- I
          only sell Hipaa Privacy solutions these days :-)

          Btw, XBreed, means "cross breed" not "extreme breed",
          and it was inspired by the similar concept in genetics

          which literally means a thing with the natural
          selected genes of XP, Scrum, Alexanderian and
          Open Source.

          Today, I am glad to report that once again, Scrum,
          with the extensions that we call XBreed, has helped
          us deliver to production one of the most challenging
          projects I had ever dealt with in my 20+ years of
          experience.

          Business details:
          The project involved about 20 people, 5 which were
          developers, 3 testers, 5 system people, 3 full time
          users, 1 scrum master, 1 product owner, 2 sponsors,
          etc. It will be deployed to ~3000 thousand
          users throughout the State of Idaho.

          The application fulfills just about every requirement
          for Hipaa Privacy compliance, as well as all the
          state law preemptions for the State of Idaho.

          Technical details:
          The application is a 130-screen j2ee web-based
          application, using servlets, EJBs, JSPs, etc.; and
          works with a DB2 and SQL server. And it includes
          rule-based workflow, document management, an LDAP
          role-based security among other things.

          There is no doubt that without the power of Scrum,
          that gave us constant feedback and with that a
          fresh new "context" where to apply patterns on a
          daily basis, a constant oppportunity for
          self-organization and re-prioritization of tasks,
          and the fabric of a cooperative culture that allowed
          us to freely and constantly exchange knowledge, we
          would have never got to where we are here today.

          I am as always proud to be a Scrum practitioner; yet,
          I am still intrigued and mystified about the
          simple but powerful powers of this Scrum thing.

          How can something so simple be so powerful?

          As fascinating as the why might be, in the end
          who cares!! ... it surely works,

          - Mike



          =====
          Michael A. Beedle Ph. D.
          CEO, Hipaa Accelerator, Inc.
          2275 Half Day Rd. Suite 350
          Bannockburn, IL. 60015
          Office: 847-821-2631 Cell: 847-840-9890
          Email: beedlem@...
          Web: http://www.hipaaccelerator.com

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          To Unsubscribe, send a blank message to:
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        • Linda Rising
          Way to go, Mike! Congratulations! The more I read about complexity theory, the more I see Scrum: a few simple rules that generate complex structures. Exciting
          Message 4 of 14 , Jan 14, 2003
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            Way to go, Mike! Congratulations!

            The more I read about complexity theory, the more I see Scrum: a few
            simple rules that generate complex structures. Exciting stuff.





            Linda


            Mike Beedle wrote:

            >Dear all,
            >
            >As many of you know I started another company,
            >Hipaa Acccelerator, http://www.hipaaccelerator.com,
            >about a year and a half ago, that is solely dedicated
            >to solve Hipaa Privacy problems.
            >
            >Hipaa Privacy problems are intersting enterprise
            >problems because they almost always require
            >many projects to be managed and delivered
            >concurrently. For example, Hipaa Privacy mandates
            >reports of PHI (protected health information),
            >and Disclosure Accounting reports, that must access
            >data throughout the enterprise, and coordinate
            >business processes often involving dozens of people
            >for approval, escalation, investigation, delegation,
            >management, routing, retrieval, etc.; for even
            >a single request.
            >
            >Each client implementation needs to be deployed while
            >many other things change like:
            >
            > - changes in Hipaa Privacy and State laws
            > - changes in the systems to be integrated with
            > - changes in business processes (policies
            > and procedures), typically coming from legal
            > and/or business process owners
            > - etc.
            >
            >and couple with the normal changes and
            >uncertainties found in every project like:
            >
            > - staff overturn and staff absorption
            > - staff mentoring/training in both the business
            > domain and the technology
            > - changes in technology i.e. development environment
            > and deployment tools and versions, etc.;
            > - changes in design
            > - refactoring
            > - etc.
            >
            >all of which were very significat in our case. To
            >make it ever more challenging, the government
            >mandated deadline is 4/14/2003, requiring every
            >project to be a "little miracle".
            >
            >To cope with the above uncertainty and change, we
            >decided to use XBreed -- a combination of Scrum, XP,
            >Open Source and Alexanderian practices for every
            >client installation (More at: http://www.xbreed.net
            >Yes, I know, the XBreed site needs urgent updating...
            >but I am too busy in the trenches to keep it up to
            >date. Besides that I don't sell software methods
            >or "general software development consulting" -- I
            >only sell Hipaa Privacy solutions these days :-)
            >
            >Btw, XBreed, means "cross breed" not "extreme breed",
            >and it was inspired by the similar concept in genetics
            >
            >which literally means a thing with the natural
            >selected genes of XP, Scrum, Alexanderian and
            >Open Source.
            >
            >Today, I am glad to report that once again, Scrum,
            >with the extensions that we call XBreed, has helped
            >us deliver to production one of the most challenging
            >projects I had ever dealt with in my 20+ years of
            >experience.
            >
            >Business details:
            >The project involved about 20 people, 5 which were
            >developers, 3 testers, 5 system people, 3 full time
            >users, 1 scrum master, 1 product owner, 2 sponsors,
            >etc. It will be deployed to ~3000 thousand
            >users throughout the State of Idaho.
            >
            >The application fulfills just about every requirement
            >for Hipaa Privacy compliance, as well as all the
            >state law preemptions for the State of Idaho.
            >
            >Technical details:
            >The application is a 130-screen j2ee web-based
            >application, using servlets, EJBs, JSPs, etc.; and
            >works with a DB2 and SQL server. And it includes
            >rule-based workflow, document management, an LDAP
            >role-based security among other things.
            >
            >There is no doubt that without the power of Scrum,
            >that gave us constant feedback and with that a
            >fresh new "context" where to apply patterns on a
            >daily basis, a constant oppportunity for
            >self-organization and re-prioritization of tasks,
            >and the fabric of a cooperative culture that allowed
            >us to freely and constantly exchange knowledge, we
            >would have never got to where we are here today.
            >
            >I am as always proud to be a Scrum practitioner; yet,
            >I am still intrigued and mystified about the
            >simple but powerful powers of this Scrum thing.
            >
            >How can something so simple be so powerful?
            >
            >As fascinating as the why might be, in the end
            >who cares!! ... it surely works,
            >
            >- Mike
            >
            >
            >
            >=====
            >Michael A. Beedle Ph. D.
            >CEO, Hipaa Accelerator, Inc.
            >2275 Half Day Rd. Suite 350
            >Bannockburn, IL. 60015
            >Office: 847-821-2631 Cell: 847-840-9890
            >Email: beedlem@...
            >Web: http://www.hipaaccelerator.com
            >
            >To Post a message, send it to: scrumdevelopment@...
            >To Unsubscribe, send a blank message to: scrumdevelopment-unsubscribe@...
            >
            >Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/
            >
            >
            >
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