Appendix

This appendix contains chapters that supplement the book or provide a way to step back and reflect on the state of software development.

Preparing Executives, Directors, Managers, and Product Managers for Agile. This is a set of articles and videos to read and watch prior to undertaking an Agile transformation – whether it be FLEX or another approach. 

Reflections by Al Shalloway. I have been active in Agile for over 20 years now. Starting with eXtreme Programming, Scrum, Kanban, Lean, SAFe, and Flow not to mention the technical side of Agile that even goes beyond XP. While not at the first Snowbird in 2001 when the Agile Manifesto was written, I was invited to and attended the Snowbird 10th anniversary of the event. I’ve seen the Agile community turn from what once a true community, even a tribe, into a mostly driven for business operation. There’s nothing wrong with this except that the side effect has had a few individuals control the thinking of a few groups which has indirectly control the thinking of millions. 

How FLEX is different from Agile approaches. The best way to learn something new often is to contrast it with something known. This page describes the foundation of FLEX by focusing on those concepts and activities that are mostly not in Scrum, SAFe®, and Kanban. While reading, ask yourself if you agree with them.

For Those Considering SAFe or Wanting to Improve Their SAFe Implementation 

SAFe: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The FLEX Patterns

 


Note

Two online FLEX courses are now being offered – FLEX for SAFe, and Adopting FLEX (the first course in becoming a FLEX trainer). If you want to learn about how to adopt FLEX in your organization please contact the author, Al Shalloway.