Online presence of Craig Smith — Agile Coach & IT Professional in Australia

Originally posted on Agile Australia Blog:

The team from Agile Revolution, a podcast dedicated to everything Agile, were on the ground at Agile Australia 2014 conducting vox pops interviews with conference delegates.

In this, the first of two Agile Australia vox pops podcasts, they spoke to a range of people including Nigel Dalton, CXO at REA group, Agile Coach Steve Lawrence and ThoughtWorker Tom Sulston.

Nigel Dalton was excited for Geoff Apps’ presentation on Zappos’ implementation of holacracy. He said the company were “at the cutting edge of what happens next in organisational politics, management and structure, which is that managers no longer tell people what to do.”

Steve Lawrence, who is also an Agile Australia stream chair, was inspired by the conversations led by people from outside the IT industry that helped identify “what we can aspire to do to help instigate change.”

Tom Sulston also found inspiration in keynote speaker Martin Fowler’s challenge…

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AgileAus2014At Agile Australia 2014 in Melbourne, Craig and Tony grabbed the microphone and scoured the conference foyer in one of the breaks looking for interesting people in the Australian Agile community to ask them about what they are working on and their views of the conference.

The people they harassed include:

  • Maxime Groenewoud – Project Manager, enjoyed hearing about new practices including microservices architecture
  • Nigel Dalton – CXO at REA Group, Agile Australia advisor, highlight of the conference was an Ellen DeGeneres moment getting a selfie with Brant Cooper, excited to hear about holocracy at Zappos, at REA have been disrupting through bringing virtual reality to real estate, “there is one innovative startup in real estate in Australia each week!”
  • Steve Lawrence – Agile Coach and Agile Australia stream chair – has been watching the scaled agile debate and the learnings allowing us to take the message into the business
  • Paul Detheridge –…

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alanbustamanteAt Agile 2013 in Nashville on a park bench, in a garden, near a waterfall that is ever present, Craig catches up with Alan Bustamante to talk about his Agile expedition. Along the way they chat about:

  • the enormity of the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville and the average weather outside
  • the use case approach in the Rational Unified Process (RUP) and how it set the scene for Scrum and Agile
  • bringing architects along for the Agile journey
  • an initial lure for Agile – “the pressure of letting the team down is greater than staying resistant”
  • Agile Cincinnati and the take up in Cincinatti and Colombus
  • the need to “get back to making work fun and building relationships”
  • Alan’s work at Seapine Software and “The Agile Expedition” book
  • Alan’s conference tip: make it a goal to meet at least one person and get to know them
  • Advice: “there are bigger…

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ExFATI run a MacBook Pro Retina (late 2013) and on my 512GB hard drive I have 3 partitions

  • 150GB Mac OSX partition (currently running Mavericks)
  • 150GB Windows 8.1 partition (via Bootcamp)
  • 200GB data parition (formatted with ExFAT)

I chose an ExFAT partition so I could read and write to the data partition from either the OSX or the Windows partition as I use each operating system a similar amount. I had planned to install VMWare fusion at some point to avoid the dual boot, but haven’t sone so due to some licencing issues with some software on my Windows partition that I uncovered in the trial.

Recently I was travelling and was doing some editing for my podcast on the plane. I also inadvertantly moved and deleted some files. The next morning I woke up to deliver a workshop to find that my data partition was missing. Windows reported that the drive needed to be formatted and Mac OSX reported that the drive was corrupt. On either operating system, the relevant disk utilities were unable to fix the issue.

It appears that ExFAT partitions are not well supported in OSX, particularly if you delete files. Unfortunately due to Windows and Mac not playing nicely from a read/write perspective, neither HFS or NTFS are an option for this drive either.

A bunch of articles seemed to indicate that CHKDSK /F on the volume should fix it, but given the fact that Windows was reporting the partition needed to be formatted, this fix was not valid in this circumstance. After searching the web for numerous reports and fixes (and tearing my hair out with worry in the process), I finally stumbled on an article that led to a simple solution of a terminal command:

sudo fsck_exfat -d disk0s4

where diskos4 is your ExFAT partition.

It then asks:

Main boot region needs to be updated. Yes/No?

to which you reply Yes. You can then run repair in the OSX Disk Utility and the partition should be restored!

Easy fix, but baffles me why ExFAT and NTFS support is so bad on Mac OSX.

Originally posted on The Agile Revolution:

lynnecazalyLive at Agile Australia 2014, Craig and Renee talk all things visual with one of Australia’s top visual facilitators, Lynne Cazaly:

  • What is Visual Facilitation and Graphic Recording
  • You can use visuals even if you can’t draw
  • Lynne’s story into Visual Facilitation
  • How to anchor emphasized words
  • The benefit of a chisel tip
  • The girl who played with paper presentation at Agile Australia 2014
  • Tools that are useful – the good ol’ finger, brushes, procreate, sketches, inkflow, sketchclub
  • The benefit of bringing people up to speed with visual stories
  • To split or not to split – facilitation and the visual scribe
  • Turning your back on the room – a no go or a load of tripe?
  • Preparation – to spend time upfront or not, using templates
  • Facilitation through lean coffee wall (gather, sort, do)
  • Using visuals to engage and distill information for future visibility
  • Lynne’s next course in Melbourne…

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AgileCoachTony asks a philisophical question , whilst Renee harnesses her nineties pop star – Ice Ice Baby and Craig marvels at Tony’s  cool intro – probably the coolest intro he’s done since the eighties.

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From YOW! 2013, Craig and Renee talk to Joel Pobar, currently working at Facebook as an Engineering Lead and JoelPobartalk about:

  • Joel’s journey to Facebook
  • Common Language Runtime (CLR)
  • Building and shipping fast
  • The value of a developers time and their critical paths
  • A day in the life of a Facebook manager
  • Who is the Product Owner in an infrastructural team?
  • A/B (experimentation) testing in New Zealand
  • Stabalisation and release process
  • Recruiting the right people
  • Pulling out the sharpies when pivoting on PHP
  • Striving for infrastructural efficiency and how to empower the team to this goal
  • Owning the stack from the bottom to the top and its impact on agility
  • Checkout HHVM, the Facebook Engineering Blog & Open Compute

You can contact Joel at facebook or on twitter at @joelpob.

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