Keep it Agile

BluePoint operates through a variety of different Agile methods, primarily Scrum, Extreme Programming, and Lean Methodology. A marriage of these methods is what contributes to our success. Without Lean, Scrum, and XP, BluePoint would not be where we are. These methods, although they sound simple, can be pretty complex. Lean Methodology originates from Toyota as […]

BluePoint operates through a variety of different Agile methods, primarily Scrum, Extreme Programming, and Lean Methodology. A marriage of these methods is what contributes to our success. Without Lean, Scrum, and XP, BluePoint would not be where we are.

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These methods, although they sound simple, can be pretty complex. Lean Methodology originates from Toyota as a way to reduce waste in production lines. Lean operates on 7 core principles: Eliminate waste, amplify learning, decide as late as possible, deliver as fast as possible, empower the team, build integrity in, and see the whole. The main principles that BluePoint values are eliminating waste, amplifying learning, delivering our product as fast as possible, and empowering our team.

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Extreme programming, abbreviated as XP, is widely used in businesses across the US, and is applicable to a wide variety of business models. It’s name was dubbed by Kent Beck when he asked how his company would be benefited if he performed everyday tasks to the extreme. XP operates on four main principles: communication, simplicity, feedback, and courage. All of these values are important to BluePoint and are the foundation of our value propositions and business model.

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Although it is not an Agile method, the 20 Mile March is a philosophy that BluePoint follows rigorously. The 20 Mile March is described in Great by Choice by Jim Collins and outlines the importance of consistency. The story that Collins shares to demonstrate the 20 Mile March is the story of the race between Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott to be the first man to the South Pole. Scott pushed his team to go as far as possible on good days and wait around on bad days, so his journey was inconsistent and his team was often exhausted. Amundsen, on the other hand, would trek 20 miles every single day, no matter the conditions. If it was a good day, he would stop at 20 miles, even though he could keep going, and on bad days, he would travel 20 miles, even if there was a blizzard. Long story short, Amundsen was the first man to the South Pole.

BluePoint uses the philosophy of the 20 Mile March with our social media and business acquisition. Every week, we have a check-in, and at that check-in we must have the numbers that we set for ourselves, no matter what.

Through Extreme Programming, Lean Methodology, and the 20 Mile March philosophy, BluePoint is able to stay well-rounded, consistent, dedicated, and able to provide our customers with the best quality every single day.

Laura Nearing

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