Engineering Culture Trends Report – March 2021

In this podcast the Culture and Methods editorial team discuss their views on the current state and trends in the Culture and Methods area that they monitor.  The editorial team consists of Ben Linders, Craig Smith, Doug Talbot, Raf Gemmail, Shaaron Alvares and Shane Hastie. Unfortunately Shaaron was unable to join in the recording, however her perspectives are included in this and in the accompanying trends report article.

Source: Engineering Culture Trends Report – March 2021


Agility Today 2021 – Public Sector Agility Accelerator

My workshop with Julian Smith (no relation) from Agility Today 2021 called “Public Sector Agility Accelerator” is available on Slideshare.

Today ‘agile’ is no longer just a buzzword. From building spacecraft to manufacturing, some of the most complex and largest organisations in the world are using agile ways of working to deliver better outcomes, respond to change, improve quality, foster more productive and happier teams, and reduce risk.

This hands-on and interactive session is aimed at helping public sector organisations build capability to support agile ways of working, from policy development through to service design and delivery.

Deepti Jain and the team did an excellent job putting together this month long festival and it was also a pleasure to be part of the Advisory Board.


Agility Today 2021 – The Agile Revolution LIVE!

The video from the Agile Revolution LIVE! session that I co-hosted at the Agility Today 2021 Unconference with Renee Troughton and Tony Ponton is now available on YouTube. The audio podcast will be released soon.

Episode 193: Agile Australia 2019 Vox Pop #2

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Craig and Tony are once again roaming the halls at Agile Australia in Sydney and once again chat to some old friends from the Australian Agile community:

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Episode 192: Agile Australia 2019 Vox Pop #1

The Agile Revolution Podcast

Craig and Tony are at Agile Australia in Sydney and run into some old friends:

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Agility Today 2021 Agile Career Bootcamp – Agile Alliance Knowledge Booth

It was a pleasure to be asked by Deepti Jain to represent the Agile Alliance as part of the Agile Career bootcamp for the Agility Today 2021 festival. The video of the ask me anything session is available on YouTube.

Draft Published of the Code of Ethical Conduct for Agile Coaching

The Agile Coaching Ethics Initiative has published a draft code of ethics that aims to raise the standards around agile coaching. It runs under the auspices of the Agile Alliance to independently represent the wider agile community.

The January 2021 draft of Code of Ethical Conduct consists of 18 points covering 9 subject areas:

  • Confidentiality and information security
  • Acting within your ability
  • Introspection and continuing professional development
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Social responsibility, including diversity and inclusion
  • Ensuring the relationship is valuable for both coach and the client
  • Agreeing on boundaries
  • Abuse of power
  • Responsibility to the profession

The Ethics Scenarios provide guidance on how the code relates to common challenges experienced by agile coaches, whether they are experienced or new to the role.

The expectation is that anyone taking on agile coaching at any level in an organisation will be able to use this code to help guide their behavior when faced with ethical dilemmas.

For questions and feedback on the code of ethics and the related agile scenarios, you can contact the initiative team at

InfoQ interviewed Craig Smith and Shane Hastie about the code of ethical conduct.

Source: Draft Published of the Code of Ethical Conduct for Agile Coaching

Agile Coaching Ethics Initiative – Key Accomplishments & Highlights

The team working on the Agile Alliance Agile Coaching Ethics Initiative has been working steadily over the last six months and we have now published a draft Code of Ethical Conduct for Agile Coaching

Source: Agile Coaching Ethics Initiative – Key Accomplishments & Highlights

Episode 191: Accelerating DevOps with Jez Humble

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Craig and Tony are at Agile Australia in Sydney and after many years of chasing him around finally get to speak to Jez Humble, co-author of many fine books including “Continuous Delivery“, “Lean Enterprise“, “The DevOps Handbook” and “Accelerate” and they discuss:

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40 Agile Methods Goes Viral

Since first running the “40 Agile Methods in 40 Minutes” talk in 2014, the sketch note graphic that Lynne Cazaly created as part of the talk has ended up in numerous articles, presentations and in multiple languages.

Here are the ones that I am aware of:

Steve Denning has used the graphic numerous times in his articles on Forbes

Explaining Agile

… Yet what exactly is Agile? How do you explain Agile when there are more than forty different variants of Agile, as depicted in this graphic by Australian designer Lynne Cazaly… And what about all those Agile practices? There are more than 70 different Agile practices. Even the Agile Manifesto, with its four values and twelve principles can be a cognitive stretch for newcomers. How on earth can you explain such a bewildering blizzard of seemingly different ideas?

Understanding Fake Agile

… There is also Agile in the sense of the various Agile brands promoted by consultants and trainers, of which there are hundreds. These are multiple variants of the same underlying idea of Agile. Yet often there is an insistence on using particular terms and specific named processes, which are defined in this way for the commercial purpose of distinguishing their offering from competing consultants and trainers. The result is mass confusion as shown in the diagram below.

What Is Agile? The Four Essential Elements

… For one thing, many different flavors of Agile have been disseminated by advocates, as shown in the figure below. These variants were issued with the best intentions. But in the resulting cacophony, it is easy to lose sight of what is essential to Agile. And it’s even easier for critics to conclude that perhaps Agile is no more than noise and confusion.

Why Finding The Real Meaning Of Agile Is Hard

“I talked to 50+ leaders and consultants about what ‘agile’ means,” the legendary professor of management science at the Stanford Engineering School, Robert I. Sutton, wrote on Twitter late last week. “Read 10+ books. I agree with many principles and grasped it when it focused on software. I am now confused. It has become a huge tent with varied jargon monoxide. Consider this graphic via @stevedenning.”

The Five Biggest Challenges Facing Agile

… Today there are multiple versions of what is meant by Agile…

Other references

Flow Framework — a fad, or here to stay? – Karsh Kunwar

Agile methods and frameworks are a dime a dozen (see below), with more methods & frameworks sprouting into existence all the time. Therefore, when I first heard of the new kid on the block — Flow Framework, I was both curious and skeptical.

Agile software development at a glance – Axon Active

When we speak of Agile methodologies, we speak of a way of working that entails a range of widely-adopted lightweight frameworks and methods. Not surprisingly, they include more than 40 Agile methods (see below). The most popular are Scrum, XP, Crystal, among others, whose inventions dated from the early 1940s to the 1990s even before the term “Agile” was coined.

Transforming Software Delivery – Roman Dumiak

OnAgile2017 – the Agile Alliance even used it for a conference, and yet the talk was never accepted in the USA!

Battle of the Frameworks: Choosing Agile Approaches in Government Project – Agile Government Leadership

Julien Karoubi – LinkedIn – it even attracted a post in French

“Les coachs agiles sont dogmatiques…” 👺

Il y a une différence entre donner un conseil, un avis, une préférence et forcer quelqu’un ! 🤗

Chacun peut avoir ses habitudes et ses références.

Historiquement, l’organisation du travail n’etait pas discutable dans l’entreprise.🤐

Plutôt séquentielle, plutôt hiérarchique, plutôt comme à l’usine (spécialisation et standardisation), plutôt pas le choix…😑

Désormais on a ➕ de choix, PRÉDICTIF ou ADAPTATIF, avec ou sans frameworks, avec beaucoup de possibilités au niveau des concepts.🎁

Mais on ne force personne ! 🕊

Offrir des choix, des orientations avec des arguments, fait aussi parti de ce métier :

Tout n’est pas égal à tout 🤔

Oui il y a des avancées, des plébiscites, des effets d’annonce, de l’excitation, de la naïveté des débuts, de l’ouverture, mais surtout de l’espoir.🌞

Plus de 40 méthodes, ce n’est pas une mauvaise nouvelle. 🤷‍♂️

Voici les slides :

Voici la vidéo :–N

Thks Craig Smith

Ceux qui empêche la réflexion, le choix, l’expression et l’argumentation, j’ai une pensée émue pour vous 😘