Episode 134: Unicorns, Distributed Teams and Agile User Groups with Mark Kilby

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Craig is at Agile 2016 in Atlanta and catches up with Mark Kilby, an Agile Coach at Sonatype and co-founder of Agile Orlando and Agile Florida. Along the way they discuss:

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Episode 133: Rules Are For Pussies!

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Craig and Renee are both in Sydney and catch up around the kitchen table to discuss a bunch of things happening in the Agile universe:

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Episode 132: Usability Made Easy with Steve Krug

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Tony, Craig and Renee are at Agile Australia and catch up with Steve Krug and talk usability and along the way try to figure out whether Tony is lean, agile or just old…

  • Don’t Make Me Think” book, now in 3rd edition
  • Agile Australia keynote “You’re not doing usability testing? Are you…nuts?
  • need to start doing usability early, to find issues early and have time to fix it
  • Laura Klein’s book “UX For Lean Startups” is a good book on lean
  • issues with lean from a usability perspective is failure and disruption
  • usability is a user advocate role
  • cubicle test – draw a paper prototype and ask the person in the next cubicle to fill it out and observe the issues
  • CX is basically UX owned by marketing!
  • UX is design where usability is more about testing
  • start by taking to customers then do regularly…

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Episode 131: Program Management Envato Style with Adrian Fittolani

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Renee, Tony snd Craig are at Agile Australia and sit down with Adrian Fittolani from Envato and discuss program management and monte carlo simulations. Renee also makes an estimate that is super accurate!

  • Envato – a marketplace for creative assets
  • Lisa Frazier talk at Agile Australia “Leadership in the Digital World
  • utilise bottom up program management at Envato, they have 4 main themes as a company and use self organising themes to meet those themes
  • had to evolve from co-located teams as could not find local resources, they now have any person working in any team wherever they are and make that work, they try to keep teams in close timezones and use asynchronous communication tools, have a policy to work anywhere and additionally a policy to travel and work from anywhere in the world for 3 months
  • the teams responsibility is to radiate program status, currently using…

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Episode 130: Agile Australia 2016 Vox Pop #2

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Craig and Tony are roaming the conference floor again at Agile Australia in Melbourne talking to more interesting people in the Australian Agile community:

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Episode 129 – Agile Australia 2016 Vox Pop #1

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Picture1Craig and Tony are at Agile Australia in Melbourne and do a lap of the convention centre floor:

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Google Cloud Data Pipeline Patterns

At the recent YOW! Night in Brisbane (as well and Sydney and Melbourne), Lynn Langit, and independent software consultant and cloud expert presented “Google Cloud Data Pipeline Patterns”.  It was great to meet her, here are my notes from the event:

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  • Storage is so simple you don’t need to think about it – data lake architecture
  • Simply select how much memory and how many cores and it computes the cost
  • Google is quick because they are laying their own fibre and using their own infrastructure – less than a minute to spin up a VM, with no local data centre
  • Chrome has a RDP client – who knew
  • Google philosophy is you shouldn’t have to hire someone to manage the pricing
  • Bioinformatics is new to the cloud and they are in great need of engineers, Google is having a stab at a genomics API
  • BigQuery is NoOps, has been evolved to be a data warehouse, with no servers,
  • Big Relational if you just want SQL, Amazon Aurora is the fastest growing cloud database, Google has released Cloud Spanner, first database to truly meet CAP theory
  • BigQuery is column store, Cloud Spanner is OLTP
  • MQTT seems to be coming the defacto standard for IoT
  • IoT uses BigTable first and BigQuery second in Google reference architectures, because it is cheaper
  • Python is the emerging ML language for some reason
  • Teaching Kids Programming

Episode 128 – Elabor8-ing the Agile BA with Ryan McKergow

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Craig chats with Ryan McKergow, a Business Analyst and Agile Consultant at Elabor8, at the YOW! West conference in Perth about being an Agile BA:

  • Business Analysts work with business people to understand the problem they want to solve and then work with developers to take those expectations and help them build the system
  • Writing stories and requirements is the boring part of the job – the exciting part is getting different people problem solving together
  • Paul Rayner’s YOW! West “EventStorming” keynote and Craig’s brainwave around Value Stream Mapping 
  • Ryan’s talk “Don’t Be A Zombie Reading Your Stories…” at YOW! West
  • Story Kickoff – having a conversation at the start of a story (one of the three C’s), get the whole team in front of a whiteboard and drawing it out
  • Reduce the amount of time between analysis and development as much as possible…

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Episode 127 – Storming DD’s with Paul Rayner

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Craig chats with Paul Rayner, a BDD and DDD expert who helps people bridge the gap of collaborative design between developers and business representatives, at YOW! West in Perth, and two old friends talk about the following:

* Agile Alliance Functional Testing Tool workshop (2011 in Salt Lake City)
* “Domain Driven Design” (Eric Evans) and “Working Effectively with Legacy Code” (Michael Feathers)
* The heart of DDD is about developing a rich model to allow you to deal with complex business domains
* Domain Driven Design Europe conference
* Design done well should pay off immediately, as well as in the medium to long term as well
* There are lot of overlaps between DDD and BDD, particularly the use of an ubiquitous language, BDD is a test first way to drive out your domain model
* YOW! West Keynote “EventStorming”
* Given When Then has…

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Jenkins Gets a Facelift with Release of Blue Ocean 1.0

Jenkins, the popular open source automation server that is used by development teams worldwide for continuous integration and continuous delivery pipelines, has recently announced the general availability of Blue Ocean 1.0.

Source: Jenkins Gets a Facelift with Release of Blue Ocean 1.0