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.
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.
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:
- Keynotes from Ali Walker and Marty Cagan
- Elabor8 (nice plug Tony)
- Sharon Robson from enterprising agility – enjoying the recognition that Agile adoption starts from the top down, agile at scale is about the thinking and thought processes being applied throughout the entire organisation, looking forward to Sandra Davey on “Upon retrospective: the board went Agile“
- Steve Lawrence – a member of the “11 club”, agile should be a mechanism to create greater value not reduce headcount, every small step you take is a step forward
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Craig and Tony are at Agile Australia in Sydney and run into some old friends:
- Cathy Tang – “stroke the ego and crack the whip”, making the leap from logistics to Scrum Master
- Rachel Slattery – Agile Australia Director and Director of Slatts Group, surprised by the large number of new attendees
- Keynotes by Emma Murray and Jez Humble
- Hayley Pepper from Sunsuper – enjoyed talk by Roger Almeida “Lessons from leading a “you build it, you run it” team” about platform teams
- Charlotte Hinton from Service Innovation Lab and organiser of AgileWelly – each year we hear similar problems and are we making traction, enjoyed talk by Sarah Taraporewalla “Complex is easy, it’s simple that’s hard“
TheAgileRevolution-192 (14 minutes)
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 AgileCoachingEthics@agilealliance.org.
InfoQ interviewed Craig Smith and Shane Hastie about the code of ethical conduct.
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:
- Accelerate is based on a research program where practices are validated on the impact they had on various organisations
- Agile Australia keynote “The Key to High Performing Tech Organizations“
- There is enormous scope to extend the Accelerate-type research to the rest of the value stream
- “Thinking Fast and Slow” – Daniel Kahneman shows that you can measure psychological and behavioural science
- Project Aristotle by Google – were able to replicate results around culture
- State of DevOps Report
- Jeff Smith at Suncorp
- We all want to ensure that people and data are safe – need to…
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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
… 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?
… 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.
… 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.
“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.”
… Today there are multiple versions of what is meant by Agile…
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 :
Thks Craig Smith
Ceux qui empêche la réflexion, le choix, l’expression et l’argumentation, j’ai une pensée émue pour vous 😘