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Lean, Scrum, XP, Agile: What's what and how does it fit together?

A member of the Agile-Swiss  Linked in Group recently asked, "I've read about Scrum, XP, and Lean. What are the current Agile frameworks available for software development? What are the advantages and drawbacks of each of them?" Since the discussion is not world readable, I decided to republish my answer here.

A quick overview of top agile processes

The Lean and Agile approaches are far more complementary than they might seem at first glance. All of these approaches are built on principles and values which emphasize people, communications, quality and continuous improvement.

If we think of Lean as first and foremost a set of principles for thinking about producing value for customers, then these principles can be applied to many (all?) situations and are very helpful for understanding why Scrum and XP work.

If we think of Lean as a set of 'best practices,' then Lean can be quite counterproductive. Why? Best practices are only 'best' in a particula…

Event: Offshoring (and Scrum)

Next week, Scrum Breakfast regular Franco dal Moulin is hosting an event dedicated to Best Practices in Near-shoring:
In the working models of software development near-shore is becoming increasingly important. Companies work with developers in nearby countries or entire teams are tied into their own organizations. The main reasons for this tendency are often the structural shortage in Switzerland, significant cost savings and greater flexibility, - among the few typically quoted ones. Did you know part of Ken Schwaber's vision for Scrum included enabling US (and by extension, European) companies to compete effectively with low cost labor abroad? It is my pleasure to join an experienced group speakers and to give you 'A practical introduction into working with distrubuted teams under Scrum.'

Location: Novotel Zürich City-West
Date: June, 23, 2010
Time: 14:00-19:00
Cost: Free (unless you register and don't show up)
Information: Cirquent Event-Page
Registration: Ple…

Lean/Agile Leadership Series

"People change what they do, not so much because we give them analysis that shifts their thinking, but because we show them a truth that influences their feelings."

John. P. Kotter, Heart of Change A classic failure scenario when implementing Scrum is lack of understanding and support from management. Why? Since they do not understand what the Agile/Scrum teams are trying to accomplish, the have not bought into it.

Mary & Tom Poppendieck closed the gap between management and Agile with their Lean Software Development books. Inspired by their work, I have created a series of workshops, the Lean/Agile Leadership Series to expose all levels of management to the basic truths behind Lean, Agile and Scrum.

The goal of these three Workshops is to create Awareness, Interest and Desire among all levels of Management and Thought Leaders for the Lean Principles and Agile Values.

Each on-site workshop consists of an introduction to the corresponding Lean and Agile principles and …