Episode 79: Vomit Value with Jim Benson

The Agile Revolution Podcast

14491375311_22bf182a39_zAt Agile Australia 2014 in Melbourne, Jim Benson of Personal Kanban fame takes some time to talk with Craig, Renee, Tony and (a very silent) Kim Ballestrin and along the way they talk about:

  • early work implementing David J. Anderson’s Agile Management which resulted in Jim focussing on the person (Personal Kanban) and David focussing on the organisation (Kanban method) – two different viewpoints on the same solution set
  • XP, Scrum, Kanban method and Personal Kanban exemplify the people who created them
  • The Oath of Non Allegiance
  • Scrum vs Kanban
  • Why Limit WIP and Why Plans Fail books out now and working on an upcoming book about meetings
  • Individuals and interactions is redundant – relevant in 2001 to shake people out of complacency
  • Agile is anti-manager
  • Agile in knowledge work
  • WIP limits and avoiding “death flow”
  • Vomit Value – user stories with spurious and arbitrary value in a…

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Agile Revolution at Agile Australia 2014

The team from Agile Revolution, a podcast dedicated to everything Agile, were on the ground at Agile Australia 2014 conducting vox pops interviews with conference delegates.

In this, the first of two Agile Australia vox pops podcasts, they spoke to a range of people including Nigel Dalton, CXO at REA group, Agile Coach Steve Lawrence and ThoughtWorker Tom Sulston.

Nigel Dalton was excited for Geoff Apps’ presentation on Zappos’ implementation of holacracy. He said the company were “at the cutting edge of what happens next in organisational politics, management and structure, which is that managers no longer tell people what to do.”

Steve Lawrence, who is also an Agile Australia stream chair, was inspired by the conversations led by people from outside the IT industry that helped identify “what we can aspire to do to help instigate change.”

Tom Sulston also found inspiration in keynote speaker Martin Fowler’s challenge…

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