David Hussman shares his thoughts around the Uncertainity Movement and moving from progress to product, as well as NonBan, Dude’s Law, Cardboard and the horizon of electronic card boards.
Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory on (More) Agile Testing, Learning and New Approaches
Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory talk about how they came to collaborate on the “Agile Testing” books, the testing skillset and approaches to learning, and new and interesting approaches to testing.
Source: Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory on (More) Agile Testing, Learning and New Approaches
Jeff Patton on User Story Mapping and Product Management
Jeff Patton talks about his book “User Story Mapping” and the background and approaches to the story mapping process as well as upcoming trends in relation to product management.
Source: Jeff Patton on User Story Mapping and Product Management
Episode 95: User Story Mapping (Something Something) with Jeff Patton
After chasing him across the east coast of Australia, Craig sits down with Jeff Patton at YOW! Conference in Sydney. Along the way they fail to remember the subtitle of Jeff’s “User Story Mapping” book and talk about:
- Art school dropout to software developer to early Extreme Programming
- “Extreme Programming Explained” by Kent Beck (and we agree the first edition was the better version!)
- One of the secrets to success is having a great relationship with customers
- Early Agile colleagues included Eric Evans (“Domain-Driven Design“), Joshua Kerievsky (“Refactoring to Patterns” and Industrial Logic), Rob Mee (Pivotal Labs)
- The product decisions on what to build matter most
- YOW! Talk “User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story“
- Story Mapping addressed the problem of losing sight of the big picture when building very small things
- Larry Constantine and Lucy Lockwood “Software…
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Agile Australia 2015: It All Starts With An Idea: Kicking Off Initiatives For Success
My presentation from Agile Australia 2015 called “It All Starts With An idea: Kicking Off Initiatives For Success” is available on Slideshare.
It was awesome to have such a large audience, particularly as I was up against Dean Leffingwell in the same session. The session was recorded by InfoQ so I will add the video here when it becomes available. Thanks to all those who live tweeted throughout the session, here is a sample:
Ideas can come from many different places, but how do we best turn these ideas into initiatives and ensure we are working on the right things at the right time? We tend to throw the idea around, discuss it with our team and management, and undertake a lot of analysis to decide if it’s worth spending time and money on. Unfortunately this approach means we have already spent a bunch of time and money, often without realising it! A number of the early Agile approaches described a lifecycle for kicking off projects, but many of the newer and more popular approaches start with a backlog or an assumption that you are already building something. Go back to basics and look at different approaches for kicking off initiatives and the tools and techniques that make up what is often called the discovery, ideation or concept phase. If your team or organisation has too much work in progress or your pipeline is unclear, then learn (or re-learn) approaches to kicking off the right initiatives so you can ensure you are building the right thing! Learning Outcomes
- Understanding techniques to kick off a project or initiative
- Techniques such as impact mapping, idea canvas, problem pitch, finding features, etc
- Knowing when you should proceed with an idea or park it
- Prioritising ideas
Episode 65: Becoming Agile… with Greg Smith
At Agile 2013 in Nashville, TN, Craig catches up with his old friend Greg Smith (no relation), co-author of “Becoming Agile… In An Imperfect World” and Agile Coach at GS Solutions Group. Greg regularly assists Fortune 500 with their adoption of Agile and the quote of the podcast has to be “discipline or good software practices are proportionally inverse to how much money you make!”. Some of the topics of conversation were:
- Fire the client!
- The state of Agile in the United States
- Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
- The traditional practices are still important
- “Becoming Agile… In An Imperfect World” and what would be added if it were written in 2013
- PMI and Agile – should be used together
- Scaling Agile and Essential Scrum by Kenny Rubin
- Beyond Budgeting
- Collaboration Culture and Teams track at Agile 2013
- Story Mapping
- Lean UX by Jeff Gothelf
- Diversified –
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Episode 9: Day 4 at Agile 2011 Salt Lake City
Craig spent the day milling around a number of presentations today and talks about how technologies link together, delighting customers, visualisations, ATTD for start-ups, Jeff Patton’s User Story Mapping and flirting with your customer.
TheAgileRevolution-9 (7 minutes)
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