Episode 140: Spinning the AgilityHealth Radar with Sally Elatta

The Agile Revolution Podcast

Craig sits down with Sally Elatta, Founder and President of Agile Transformation and AgilityHealth at the Agile 2016 Conference in Atlanta and they talk about:

  • First things first, the AgilityHealth discs are not a frisbee!
  • The AgilityHealth vision is to help Agile teams have a consistent way to measure their health and performance and see the results in a visual way and secondly for leadership to understand the cause and effect – the radar opens up a conversation
  • AgilityHealth radars
  • The team radar has five dimensions – leadership, performance, clarify, foundation and culture – a healthy team should have these
  • It is not a survey tool, it is a facilitated retrospective to promote healthy conversation and create an action plan
  • We should be doing tactical retrospectives every sprint, but the missing component is strategic retrospectives once every quarter
  • Business agility relies on having healthy teams
  • Many other radars including…

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Episode 139: Talking Agile Craft with Steve Elliott

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Craig chats with Steve Elliott, the founder and CEO of Agile Craft and they discuss:

  • Dependencies are the number one thing that kills agility
  • Scaling agility across a large organisation is a 5 – 10 year journey
  • Scrum is often disconnected from the portfolio planning layer, the scaling methods are making the program level agile and predictable
  • If you want business agility you have to hinge the technology into the business
  • Sometimes it takes a few attempts for agile transformations, like tipping over a Coke machine (and unlike tipping a cow), you need to lead with results and then work on cultural change to be successful
  • If the leader of an Agile transformation left the organisation, would they go back to the old way or is Agile part of their DNA – if they would go back they have not been transformed
  • The scaling Agile frameworks are relatively new…

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Mervin Chiang – In Conversations with Craig Smith

A short video conversation I had with Mervin Chiang from Procensol for his “In Conversations” series.

Agile master Craig Smith in conversation with Mervin Chiang on all things “Agile in Business”. Craig, Director of the Agile Alliance and Unbound DNA is one of Australia’s premier Agile trainers, coaches and practitioners and a significant contributor to the Agile community.

You can watch the conversation on YouTube.

AgilityHealth: Breaking a Portfolio Down Into Smaller Items

At Agile 2017, Sally Elatta from AgilityHealth asked me to do a short video on Agile portfolio management.

You can watch it directly on Vimeo.

Episode 137: The State of JIRA with Jake Brereton

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Craig sits down with Jake Brereton from Atlassian who is the Senior Product Marketing Manager of JIRA while roaming the product halls at Agile 2016 in Atlanta.

  • JIRA is no longer just JIRA, now people outside of software are using it – now JIRA Software (that includes JIRA Agile), JIRA Core (lightweight version of JIRA) and JIRA Service Desk
  • Over 70% of users were using JIRA Agile
  • JIRA has over 1,000 addons in the Atlassian Marketplace, some exciting work being done around analytics and data
  • Many organisations are starting to question whether they need to adhere to all of the practices and overheads – find the way that is most efficient and productive that works for you
  • The double-edged sword of how configurable and customisable JIRA is – improved onoboarding experience, test instance with demo data and an active online presence
  • Acquisition of Status Page
  • Launched JIRA Software Mobile and…

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LAST Conference Brisbane 2017 – Mind the Gap: Realising the Value of Agility

My presentation from the LAST Conference 2017 in Brisbane called “Mind the Gap: Realising the Value of Agility” is available on Slideshare.

Agile has well and truly crossed the chasm and every organisation large or small seems to be in the middle of some sort of Agile transformation. Yet, look behind the covers and we have to ask ourselves the tough question of how well we are doing and how agile are we really?

So all aboard as we acknowledge some of gaps many organisations are facing and we question the true value we are delivering. More importantly, we will discuss how we might start to these issues, both inside our organisations and as individuals flying the agile flag.

 

YOW! Hong Kong / Singapore 2017 – Agile Coaching Nightmares: Lessons We Can Learn From Gordon Ramsay

My presentation from YOW! Hong Kong 2017 and YOW! Singapore 2017 called “Agile Coaching Nightmares: Lessons We Can Learn From Gordon Ramsay” is available on Slideshare.

When you look for inspiration in the Agile Coaching community, the name Gordon Ramsay is probably not the first name to come to mind. He has been known to be belligerent, condescending and downright rude, but underneath this brute facade is a treasure trove of skills and talents that influence change.

In this presentation we will draw insights from his ‘Kitchen Nightmare’ escapades and draw parallels with how much his work aligns with that of an Agile Coach and the goal to successfully drive change and introduce a number of models and techniques that are indispensable in the coaching toolkit.

Here are some tweets and feedback from the talk:

Episode 136: Water-Scrum.org-Falling with Dave West

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Craig catches up with Dave West, product owner and CEO at Scrum.org, at the Agile 2016 conference in Atlanta. They talk all things Agile and Scrum including:

  • Water-Scrum-Fall came about because Scrum is often delivered in the context of a organisational waterfall lifecycle
  • Scrum implies a magical Product Owner that is empowered and understands the market to effectively create a backlog and manage it and the Scrum Guide provides very litte guidance around this
  • Nexus is a way of getting multiple teams working from the same backlog and provides an exoskeleton to Scrum
  • Scrum 21 Years and The Future” talk at Agile 2016
  • People don’t get Scrum, it is always surprising how few people have read the Scrum Guide
  • The Scrum Guide is in audiobook form (but not yet in Klingon)
  • The Sprint Review is not a phase gate, it is the opportunity to inspect and…

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Episode 135: DevOps & Electric Cloud with Anders Wallgren

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Craig speaks to Anders Wallgren from Electric Cloud about Continuous Delivery and DevOps at the Agile 2016 conference in Atlanta. The topic of conversation included:

  • Release It!” by Michael Nygard
  • We can’t declare victory on Agile, but it is the winning methodology
  • We are now plumbing the last mile of deployment and we also need to move it left
  • Joshua Kerievsky Agile 2016 keynote on “Modern Agile
  • Software process is like human DNA, we are different but essentially the same
  • Gene Gotimer Agile 2016 talk “Experiences Bringing Continuous Delivery to a DoD Project
  • You will fail if you don’t pay attention to the cultural aspects of Agile and DevOps
  • State of DevOps Report
  • Critical to automate everything to eliminate manual process errors and loss of valuable data
  • DevOps is starting to push into complex and regulated environments like finance, health and aerospace with an…

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ThoughtWorks Sold to Private Equity Firm Apax Partners

Global software development and digital transformation company ThoughtWorks is to be acquired by London-based private equity firm Apax Partners. The terms of the deal were not disclosed and it is expected to close in Q4 2017.

Source: ThoughtWorks Sold to Private Equity Firm Apax Partners