In People, Processes then (Maybe) Technology, Elliot Ross finds another angle one of my favorite thoughts. Tools are just enablers of process. When someone says which Agile tool (i.e. Rally, VersionOne, Danube/CollabNet, ………………) should I use, I reply “wait until you understand how you do agile, then you can decide which if any tool you need”.
Nigel Shaw writes: No Wonder Agile Guys Shun Tools in it he lists some of the many ways that agile tools fail in their attempt to mimic whiteboards. I add to his list: “As good as you make a tool displayed on a screen, it will still suffer from the problem that no one looks at the webpage very often. People walk past a physical story board many times a day, during standup they can touch the stories they worked on. Finally when someone comes up with a bright new idea for the board you implement it minutes with tape, PostIt Notes and white board marker.”
Steven “Doc” List talks about “A Culture of Heroism” and its ill effects on a team.
How I Learned to Let My Workers Lead – the story of Ralph Stayer the CEO of Johnsonville Foods. A great story of he completely changed the way his family Sausage company worked.
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