Episode 171 – Beyond Legacy Code with David Bernstein

The Agile Revolution Podcast

Craig is at Agile 2017 in Orlando, Florida and speaks with David Bernstein, author of “Beyond Legacy Code“, and they chat about agile technical practices:

  • Agile does have something to with software development
  • Agile 2017 talk “Create Software Quality
  • The real value of Agile is in the technical practices so we can build iteratively, but still very few people practice them
  • The future is already here, but it is not very well evenly distributed – the same applies to Agile
  • Companies are being consumed by their technical debt and they don’t even recognise it
  • What is always cheaper in the virtual domain is building quality
  • Continuous Integration makes the most painful thing in software development (integration) our greatest asset – this in turn gives us feedback
  • We don’t necessarily know there is a better way to do things – but there is a better way to…

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Episode 101: The Lean Mindset with Mary and Tom Poppendieck

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craig-poppendieckCraig catches up with two luminaries in the Agile and Lean space, Mary and Tom Poppendieck at YOW! Conference to talk about agile, lean, rapid feedback, culture and leadership. The discussion points include:

  • Making the link between lean and software development and discovering that waterfall makes no sense
  • The origins of the first book: Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit
  • Agile is not lean in software development, Agile is lean in a delivery organisation
  • How long does it take you to put a single line of code into Production?
  • The manifestation of lean really kicked off in 2010 with both the rise of DevOps and the Lean Startup
  • Delivery organisations versus engineering organisations and the journey of Agile
  • Agile has not well addressed delivering the right stuff, solving the right problem and the architecture of rapid deployment
  • Only two goals at ING: Deliver every two weeks and don’t crash production, resulted…

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Impact Feedback and Finding the Right Word

updownWhen attending the Coaching Agile Teams class with Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd earlier in the year, one of the new concepts (at least I don’t remember it from the previous class I did back in 2013) was the idea of “impact feedback”. Simply put, impact feedback is a mechanism to give feedback to someone with a focussing on how that action impacted you. It is also a great mechanism to ensure that your are not leading the person to the solution, rather helping them see the outcome from a different perspective.

The template for impact feedback is:

When you did / said ……… the impact on me was ………

However, one of the difficulties with this technique is often knowing the right word to say. One of my colleagues from my Agile Coaching Competence Cohort program, Jessica Katz, shared this great little tool for knowing the right word to say to describe your impact emotion.

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It is called the Wheel of Words, it’s exact origin is not clear, although I found it in an article about emotional copywriting as well as an article about vocabularly expansion of English.

Obviously there are other uses for this tool in coaching conversations as well as discussions, presentations, training and general writing,