Al Shalloway at Agile2018

Al's schedule at Agile2018

If you'd like to talk to me, find an open time below and send me an email at alshall @  to schedule a  time to meet with you.

Times available

  • 6-8pm
  • 7-8:30am
  • lunch (internal Lean Transformation Agents only)
  • 5:00-8pm
  • 7-8:30am
  • 10:30am-12pm
  • lunch (internal Lean Transformation Agents only)
  • 5:00-8pm
Wednesday and Thursday - pretty much any time except for what's noted below. Just send me a note.
  • Booked 1-2pm
Provide Feedback

Net Objectives has a lot of new products and services. If any of these are of interest to you, I would love to chat with you at the conference if you are there. If you are not at the conference, write me at and let’s chat on phone after the conference.

Our upcoming Simplifying SAFe Webinar Series August 14th.

Products and services

For practitioners

We are offering free consultations. I am happy just to have chat about what you are trying to do. Not a sales call!

For consultants

We have a few licensing programs around which we are wanting to collaborate with other consultants.

For Internal Transformation Agents

We have a program where you can license our Coaching Academy for Scrum Masters and Agile Team Coaches.  You can let us do the support work or do it yourself. The academy is designed with the latest learning methods and supplies participants a support system for their teams.  For more information, see Coaching Academy for Large Organizations.


Lean Leadership and Systems Thinking (Al Shalloway)


Resources mentioned

  • Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps between Plans, Actions, and Results. We highly recommend The Art of Action by Stephen Bungay for executives, management, and leadership who are responsible for transitioning their enterprises with Lean and Agile. We have created an authorized summary of the essential concepts from each chapter of this important book. Download the article (PDF).
  • Guardrails System. The Net Objectives Guardrails take the form of non-negotiable agreements made across the organization. Each agreement has a set of questions to consider to ensure that everyone is doing what was agreed to. The guardrails are grounded both in the intention of realizing Business value and in following known principles of Lean-Agile software development. The purpose of the guardrails is both for alignment and to keep people on the right path. They provide guidance to ensure that you are on course and to allow you to make decisions at a local level while ensuring you are still aligned to the rest of the value stream.
  • Minimum Business Increment. In the situations where the value of an enhancement or new product/service is reasonably know, the concept of an Minimum Business Increment (MBI) is useful. It focuses on the realization of business value quickly. It is not a reason to deliver less, it is a reason to deliver sooner.
  • Northwestern Mutual Case Study: A SAFe Implementation Retrospection. This article discusses Northwestern Mutual’s SAFe adoption from the perspective of the lead consulting company leading the adoption. It starts with how the implementation was done and, in particular, cover those things that were done that were not in SAFe at the time but were common practice for Net Objectives. It will discuss what worked, what could have been better, and what we would have done differently if we were to do it again. It closes with what we can learn from this engagement and provide some resources for further reading.
  • Systems thinking: If Russ Ackoff had given a TED Talk. Pretty much the best description of system thinking in about 12 minutes I’ve heard.
  • White Papers by Net Objectives. Our complete set of papers and articles.


  • The FLEX framework for Lean-Agile transformation and business agility.