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The Tri-Valley/ East Bay Agile Leadership Network (TV/EB-ALN) is a Agile/Lean community based in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area that includes counties of Amador Valley, Livermore Valley, and San Ramon Valley. It includes cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville as well as other East Bay locations in Contra Costa county like Walnut Creek and Concord. Our purpose is to evangelize and educate Agile and Lean skills to our members as well as building our community to serve as a networking platform for those companies in the area using Agile/ Lean methods to create great products. Our members include agile coaches, scrum masters, executives, project managers, product managers, engineers, QA, designers, and many others from Apple, Adobe, Cisco, Comcast Innovation, eBay, Ericsson, The Gap, Good Technology, HP, Language Weaver, LinkedIn, PayPal, PG&E, Visa, Walmart.com, Yahoo! among many other large firms and start-ups. We are associated with the Silicon Valley Agile Leadership Network with roots to the Bay Area Agile Leadership Network.

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A Geek's Guide to Agile Frameworks

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To paraphrase one of my favorite insurance commercials, “When it comes to Agile frameworks, we’ve seen a thing or two.” Frameworks have been a part of the conversation since the earliest days of Agile. Hotly debated, and rarely well-used, frameworks have only proliferated. These days it seems that frameworks are like opinions — everybody’s got one.

I don’t know everything about all the frameworks (who does?), but, I’ve worked with a few — some successfully, others not so much. So I have a few things to share, not so much words of wisdom as yelps of warning. So no bold claims, no big promises (I think the framework authors have done that already). I just have a humble list of the top ten things I’ve learned from using frameworks to share.

The top 10 things I’ve learned using frameworks

  • Frameworks never look like the ad on the cereal box
  • Mapping the customer to the framework
  • The Role Trap -> you can’t buy accountability with a framework
  • Topologies provide a handy map for frameworks
  • Conways Law…or why I hate architects
  • Research -> There’s more out there
  • The Tuckmann model ain’t just for teams
  • Applying frameworks remotely is insanely hard
  • Customers don’t really care about frameworks
  • “It’s full of stars!”


Tom Perry’s career as a software development transformation agent spans 20+ years serving clients with a variety of backgrounds – from startups to Fortune 100 and both state and federal government. Tom has helped organizations find success using Agile and Lean methods through testing, development, management and Agile coaching.

Tom is actively involved in the Agile community in his native Seattle: leading a local chapter of the APLN and founding the Open Agile Management conference. He enjoys speaking and writing on Agile topics in local and international forums and is proud author of The Little Book of Impediments.

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