Any approach for improvement should incorporate at least the following:
Be open to examine why the approach works
Nothing in an approach to improvement should be sacrosanct. Anything should be able to be challenged. Ultimately this means going back to core values, principles, laws and adages. This should always be open for conversation where a dialog can be used for learning. Referring back to a guide or big picture is not the way to define an approach. There is no authority that speaks the way it is.
It is difficult to do this for frameworks, however, and I believe this is why there is a significant amount of dogma around them. While frameworks allow for filling in the gaps, the structure of the framework is pre-defined and immutable. Proponents justify this by saying such a definition is necessary in order to define it. FLEX proves this is not a solid argument.
Taking a scientific approach enables conversation about everything and dogma around nothing.
Be based on solid learning and teaching methods
FLEX incorporates modern training methods to teach its basic premises and practices. This section contains articles on methods and insights that few Agile approaches have adopted but are well recognized in other industries.
Chapters in this Part
What to say when someone just doesn’t get it. When people resist new ideas it may be that they are looking at the wrong things.
Scaled Learning is a collection of methods that enables more people to be trained more effectively at a lower cost than less modern methods. When doing Agile at scale we must consider how people are going to be trained and grow.
Why Agile Coaches Need to Know Both Scrum and Kanban. It’s not Scrum or Kanban or even Scrum and Kanban, it’s recognizing both spring from Lean-Thinking. Understanding that enables you to provide an approach designed for your team’s context.
If you want to learn more about FLEX you can take an online course at the Net Objectives University or take a live course in Orange County, CA May 6-8 or in Seattle in June (both led by Al Shalloway). If you want to learn about how to adopt FLEX in your organization please contact the author, Al Shalloway