Business Agility: Creating the Future

AgileBrisbaneAt the March 2017 Agile Brisbane meetup, we were lucky to have Pat Reed, an internationally recognised Agile transformational leader in Adaptive Leadership and Value Innovation, present on “Business Agility: Creating the Future”.

She provided a copy of her slides, and here are my notes from the evening:

  • Every leader at eBay (440 of them) are Agile Coaches, it’s the third round now for them, imagine the change if you get frozen middle on board
  • We need to thrive through uncertainity
  • Elon Musk practices first principles ways of thinking
  • Compasses are what we need to thrive on uncertainity, we cannot leverage maps because it is an unknown future
  • Don’t do more with less, do less, to execute in uncertainity
  • Change is changing, we need time for learning and innovating
  • If you demonstrate belief in the team and give an environment of safety, the team will believe in their potential – stop telling teams what to do, ask them what they think what we should do
  • Safe to fail is critical – we were all born with an Agile mindset (Carol Dweck) but our work and experiences push us towards a fixed mindset – if people can’t learn and thrive, your transformation will fail – as a coach we need to provide air cover
  • Keep timelines short all the time – the size of the iteration accelerates the learning cycle and the faster the learning
  • Using David Marquet’s Ladder of Leadership model at Ebay – cards you can download, when your employee says this, you say that
  • NeuroLeadership Institute – “Why Organizational Growth Mindset Matters
  • An adaptive framework – believing is seeing at centre, need to see awareness and understand the problem, need to process options through discovery (really short time frame, as for 3 value experiments), taking action (learn by doing not thinking), transform learnings into collective knowledge
  • DTA has some great tools around discovery
  • There is a cost to value, we won’t do anything that doesn’t have x% value, we need to stop being order takers and become value shapers
  • Principles for Navigating the Future  (Joi Ito) from the Media Lab at MIT, doing interesting stuff
  • Your organisation is not a machine, you can’t fix it – most organisations are setup to work how they were intended to work
  • Innovation, growth and transformation does not happen without tension – learn to identify good and bad tension
  • What could we do if we knew we couldn’t fail – embrace that
  • Do Stanford free Design School program online – same as the expensive in person program
  • Polarity Management – polarity is when you think you nailed a wicked problem and then it comes back to bite you, need to find the best win-win from any scenario, if you try to solve it traditionally you make it worse
  •  VUCA is here to stay, learning is our competitive advantage
  • Microsoft’s CEO Sent an Extraordinary Email to Employees After They Committed an Epic Fail
  •  Measure real value, speed to value and cost of value, need relative value not precision because it doesn’t serve us – Case Study and spreadsheet to calculate value

Ron Jeffries, Chet Hendrickson, Anita Sengupta to Keynote Agile Alliance Technical Conference 2017

aatc2017Press release for the AATC2017 conference that I am a co-chair for with Brian Button. I am (apparently) quoted in the release as well!

Second annual event in Boston, Massachusetts tailored to Agile software developers will explore current and emerging technical practices

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Agile Alliance today announced the program for the Agile Alliance Technical Conference (#AATC2017). The event, to be held April 19 – 21 in Boston, Massachusetts, will focus on new advances, new challenges and new directions in Agile Software Development as applied to today’s technical work.

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This highly-anticipated event will feature keynotes by Ron Jeffries, (RonJeffries.com), Chet Hendrickson, (HendricksonXP) and Dr. Anita Sengupta (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory).

Other speakers include Bridget Kromhout (Pivotal), Robert “Uncle Bob” Martin (CleanCoder.com), Ron Quartel (Premera Blue Cross), Declan Whelan (Leanintuit), Craig Buchek (BoochTek), Doc Norton (CTO2), Fred George (Fred George Consulting), James Grenning (Wingman Software), Kent Graziano (Snowflake Computing), Jeff Langr (Langr Software Solutions), Jeff Morgan (LeanDog), Stephen Vance (EBG Consulting), Zachary Shaw (Brightcove), Llewellyn Falco (Spun Laboratories), (Kief Morris (ThoughtWorks), Arlo Belshee (Industrial Logic), Pete Cheslock (Threat Stack), Rebecca Skinner (Asteris, LLC), David Grabel (Emergn/Vistaprint), Brian Haggard (Emerson Electric), Sam Livingston-Gray (Real Geeks, LLC), Rebecca Wirfs-Brock (Wirfs-Brock Associates), Andrea Goulet (Corgibytes), Woody Zuill (Independent), Laura Bell (SafeStack), Alex Freire (Industrial Logic), Alan Shalloway (Net Objectives), Daniel Bryant (Spectoabs/OpenCredo), Terran Melconian (Independent), Josh Long (Pivotal), Dave Farley (Independent), Michael Feathers (R7 Research and Conveyance), Brian Felton (Emerson Climate Technologies), Giorgio Natili (GN Studio) and Alan Shreve (ngrok.com).

The three-day conference is built around three themes: Core Technical Practices, Team Technical Practices, and Technical Practices at the Organizational Level. It will explore topics such as new and updated core development practices; integration of user experience (UX) principles; advances in testing practices and automation; the evolution of tools and techniques that bridge development, deployment and operations; and the growing importance of Big Data across the entire spectrum of activities.

“Agile is now a multi-disciplinary field that includes Developers and QA, of course, and also UX Designers, Infrastructure Engineers, Data Scientists, Cloud Specialists and more,” said Brian Button, Co-Chair, Agile Alliance Technical Conference 2017. “This conference will explore the wealth of new Agile tools and techniques, new patterns and practices.”

“Practitioners from all involved disciplines will gather at AATC2017 to address new advances, new challenges and new directions, to learn from world-class experts, and to practice our craft together,” said Craig Smith, Co-Chair, Agile Alliance Technical Conference 2017. “It will be an immersive and deeply engaging experience which unites engineering and architectural ideas under the umbrella of Agile thinking.”

Group discounts are available.

For more information and to register for the event, please visit the Agile Alliance website.

About Agile Alliance

Agile Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the concepts of Agile software development as outlined in the Agile Manifesto. With nearly 35,000 members and subscribers around the globe, Agile Alliance is driven by the principles of Agile methodologies and the value delivered to developers, organizations and end users. Agile Alliance organizes and supports events to bring the Agile community together on a global scale.

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Inside the Valpak Manufacturing Centre

valpak_logoLast week I was lucky enough to be part of a tour through the Valpak Manufacturing Centre in St. Petersburg, Florida. Completely automated and lean, it is an excellent example of lean processes and continuous learning.

I could not take pictures in the facility, but the following official video gives an good overview of Valpak and the manufacturing centre.

Some of the key items:

  • The factory is built 18 feet above sea level and built to withstand category 4 hurricanes
  • They reframed the problem – instead of stuffing coupons into an envelope they build the envelope around the coupons
  • They etch their own printing plates and recycle the aluminium afterwards
  • Failover is built into the system – such as two print heads per press so that they can change the plates without stopping the printing
  • Loose paper is sucked off the factory floor by vaccuums
  • The coupons are wound onto rolls and then stored temporarily until needed for collation – these are also buffers for the process
  • Automated robots move the rolls around, they are smart enough to recharge themselves as well
  • The collation process is ordered to ensure they get the lowest postal prices, right down to the order the pallets are loaded onto the truck
  • The process used to take 4 days and now is about 4 hours
  • There are very few humans on the factory floor – just highly skilled workers for operations and machine repair
  • Continuous learning and improvement – can now insert different offers for different households for example

 

Episode 125: 10 Minutes with Dan North

The Agile Revolution Podcast

dannorthAfter many failed attempts to get him on the podcast, Craig finally catches up with Dan North at YOW! Conference on his way out the door to the airport and in a quick chat they cover:

  • BDD – developing an application by looking at its behaviour from the perspective of its stakeholders (people who’s live you touch)
  • Given When Then – “given” is setting up the world in a well known way, “when” is me interacting with the application as a stakeholder and “then” is what I expect to happen
  • BDD is not the same as writing automated tests, they are orthogonal – “Test-Driven Development Is Not About Testing
  • Software, Faster – collection of patterns for people who have been around Agile and are asking “now what” – “Software, Faster” book in progress
  • YOW! 2015 talk “Delivery Mapping: Turning the Lights On

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Episode 124: Talking Testing with Anne-Marie Charrett

The Agile Revolution Podcast

16069825102_aa54010a22_zCraig is at YOW! Conference and catches up with Anne-Marie Charrett who is well known in the testing community as a trainer, coach and consultant but also for her support of the community:

  • Don Reinertsen talk “Thriving in a Stochastic World
  • Context-Driven Testing
  • Testing is a verb – it’s a doing thing and not an output, but the challenge is you cannot see doing
  • Anne-Marie’s class in Exploratory Testing
  • Where there is risk and failure, there is a job for testing
  • Exploratory testing – the key is feedback and using the learning to feedback into the next test
  • Agile testing – don’t try and test everything and don’t try and automate everything either, rather adopt a risk based approach
  • Unit testing – the usefulness depends on the programmer and the context and figuring out what you are trying to achieve
  • Sydney Testers Meetup
  • Speak Easy – Speak Easy…

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Opinion: What 2017 Has in Store for Culture & Methods

InfoQWe polled the InfoQ Culture & Methods editors for their takes on what 2017 has in store for the technology industry, what are the trends which we see coming to the fore and what the implications will be for organizations around the globe.

Source: Opinion: What 2017 Has in Store for Culture & Methods

Episode 123: Some Principles of Lean and Product Development Flow with Don Reinertsen

The Agile Revolution Podcast

8265695783_995186c1ce_hCraig and Tony are at YOW! Conference and are privileged to spend some time with Don Reinertsen, who is considered one of the leading thinkers in the field of lean product development and author of numerous books including “Principles of Product Development Flow”

  • Principles of Product Development Flow” book and why there is a waterfall on the front
  • Japanese Manufacturing Techniques was the name before it was rebranded as Lean Manufacturing
  • Taiichi Ohno, the father of the Toyota Production System, hated math and thus preferred to sit on the factory floor and tweak processes, hence it was not a theory driven approach but rather empirically driven
  • Need to understand why things work so you can transfer it to other domains, a big shortcoming in lean manufacturing is that they don’t have much of a mathematical view on what they are doing
  • You can use magic in manufacturing…

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AgilityHealth: Quality

ah-logo-transAt Agile 2016, Sally Elatta from AgilityHealth asked me to do a short video on quality.

You can watch it on Vimeo.

Craig Smith talks to us about quality, technical debt and rework.

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Episode 122: Learning to Learn with Aino Vonge Corry

The Agile Revolution Podcast

ainoCraig is at YOW! Conference and catches up with Aino Vonge Corry who is one of our very few repeat guests on the Agile Revolution. She describes herself as someone who puts speakers on stage, makes developers communicate and messes with the heads of students!

  • Part of the YOW! conference organising committee
  • Important to find examples that relate to all of the students in the class (not just a subset)
  • Microservice lectures – no more than 15 minutes lecture and then a learning activity
  • If there is interactivity then there is a reason to turn up to a live lecture
  • YOW! 2015 talk “A Comment on How We Learn
  • Need to respect and acknowledge that other people take in knowledge at different paces, this is important in activities that we give people time to think
  • People need to relate ideas to the things they are doing now to take…

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The Themes Behind AATC2017

agile-logo-4c-allianceLearn about the Agile Alliance Technical Conference 2017 themes we used to organize our speaker search for the event in Boston, April 19-21, 2017: Core Technical Practices, Team Technical Practices, and Technical Practices at the Organizational Level.

Source: The Themes Behind AATC2017

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