LAST Conference Brisbane 2018 – FailAgility: Recognising and Resetting the Agile Boundaries

My keynote presentation with Tony Ponton from the LAST Conference 2018 in Brisbane called “FailAgility: Recognising and Resetting the Agile Boundaries” is available on Slideshare.

FailAgility; we have all seen it and let’s face it, we are all guilty of letting it happen in our organisations. So why is it that so many businesses fail to see the outcomes that the Agile values and principles promise?

This presentation looks at what FailAgility is and the three levels in organisations where it stems from: Organisation, Leadership and the Coaching / Personal level.

We will discuss the types of FailAgility that we see at these different levels, the approaches that cause FailAgility and most importantly what we can do to recognise and fix it.

Here are some Tweets from the keynote:

 

 

 

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Episode 144: Mob Programming & #noestimates with Woody Zuill

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Craig is at Agile 2016 in Atlanta and catches up with his old friend Woody Zuill to talk about Mob Programming and #noestimates

  • Craig’s InfoQ interview with Woody Zuill
  • We need to work well together to get our work done
  • Mob Programming originated at Hunter Industries, identified we can get a lot done if we don’t have to wait for answers to questions from other people and if we are all in the same context all the time
  • Mob Programming – all the people on the team working at the same time, working in the same space on the same thing and using a single computer and working interactively the entire day
  • Work well together and turn up the good, need to pay attention on how to work well together
  • Extreme Programming Explained” by Kent Beck – “a great book”
  • The person with the idea expresses it…

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LAST Conference Canberra 2018 – Mind the Gap: Realising the Value of Agility

My presentation from the LAST Conference 2018 in Canberra called “Mind the Gap: Realising the Value of Agility” is available on Slideshare. Huge thanks to John Connolly for inviting me to be part of the program!

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.

Here are some of the Tweets from the talk as well:

Episode 143: One Last Jam with The “Dude” David Hussman

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The Agile community recently lost its friend and one of its most inspirational members in David Hussman. Craig and Tony were privileged to speak to him in one of his last interviews at YOW! Conference in Brisbane.

  • David Hussman’s YOW! 2017 talk “Learning in Product: How Wrong are You Ready to Be?”
  • Extreme Programming Explained” is Agile’s White Album, just don’t read it backwards!
  • We make stuff up in software too much, rather than learning from the past and patterns
  • You can’t look at code and tell it is going to be a good experience and we don’t know our ideas are going to be great until we interact with them
  • The tenth principle – simplicity is essential
  • A good developer needs confidence and war wounds, same for Product Managers – they have shipped something crappy and don’t want to do that again
  • Cardboard User Story Mapping app

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Episode 141: Agile Coaching with a Latin Touch with Martin Alaimo

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Craig is sitting by the pool at the Agile 2016 conference and chats to Martin Alaimo who is an Agile Coach from Kleer in Buenos Aires and they discuss:

  • South America has a number of language, cultural, economic and business differences between Brazil and the Spanish speaking countries, Agile is starting to go mainstream across many of the countries, collaboration is difficult in countries that have a generation of social and dictatorial government
  • Craig’s talk “Coaching Nightmares: Lessons We Can Learn From Gordon Ramsay
  • Coaching Canvas template – based off the Business Model Canvas to aid coaching conversations using sticky notes to help refocus and keep conversations on track
  • Martin’s workshop with Olaf LewitzPowerful Questions Workshop for Agile Coaches” (and how Craig is garbage at using them on the podcast)
  • His third book “Agile Team Facilitator” which is about the skill of facilitation for…

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itSMF NT Q1 Meeting – 40 Agile Methods in 40 Minutes

My presentation from the itSMF NT Q1 Meeting in Darwin, Northern Territory called “40 Agile Methods in 40 Minutes” is available on Slideshare.

With 73% of the world using Scrum as their predominant Agile method, which has a direct impact on service management, this session will open up your eyes to the many other Agile and edgy Agile methods and movements in the world today. For many, Agile is a toolbox of potential methods, practices and techniques, and like any good toolbox it is often more about using the right tool for the problem that will result in meaningful results. You may also be surprised about how many methods have a direct relation or reliance on service management as well as the wider organisational structure and culture. So let’s take a rapid journey into the world of methods like Mikado, Nonban, Vanguard and movements like Holocracy, Drive and Stoos where we will uncover 40 methods and movements in 40 minutes to help strengthen your understanding and toolbox.

It was an honour to be invited to Darwin to present this talk to the Darwin tech community who are a small but extremely passionate community. Here are some photos:

 

Andrea Goulet and Jeff Sussna to Keynote deliver:Agile 2018 Conference

The deliver:Agile 2018 conference program committee is pleased to announce Andrea Goulet and Jeff Sussna as the keynote speakers for this year’s conference in Austin.

Source: Andrea Goulet and Jeff Sussna to Keynote deliver:Agile 2018 Conference

Episode 140: Spinning the AgilityHealth Radar with Sally Elatta

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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.