Episode 109 – The Art of Agile Fluency with James Shore

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JamesShoreCraig and Tony at the Agile Australia conference sit down with James Shore, best known as for his work as author of “The Art of Agile Development” and co-creator of the Agile Fluency Model and talk about a wide range of Agile topics including:

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Episode 95: User Story Mapping (Something Something) with Jeff Patton

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JeffPattonAfter 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:

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Episode 90: Step Away From The Book

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aepCraig and Renee catch up late in the evening to chat about recent Agile articles and events including:

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Agile Australia 2015: It All Starts With An Idea: Kicking Off Initiatives For Success

Agile-Australia-2015-Resources-Badge-Speaker-600x100pxMy presentation from Agile Australia 2015 called “It All Starts With An idea: Kicking Off Initiatives For Success” is available on Slideshare.

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

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:

YOW! West 2015: 40 Agile Methods in 40 Minutes

YOW-West_stackedMy presentation from YOW! West 2015 called “40 Agile Methods in 40 Minutes” is available on Slideshare.

With 73% of the world using Scrum as their predominant Agile method, 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.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 toolbox.

It was a priviledge to have Marcus Hammarberg (author of Kanban In Action) in the audience for this talk.

Here are some of the live tweets from the talk:

Episode 89: Intersecting Service Management, People Development & Agile

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IanKorrineJonesCraig gatecrashed the Australian ITSMF / ITIL conference, LEADit in Melbourne and in the hallway chats to Korrine Jones (an Organisational Development Consultant and running late for a plane) and Ian Jones (an IT Service Management expert) about how People Development and Service Management are intersecting with Agile and each other:

  • LEADit is the biggest service management conference in Australia – focus on disruptive service management, Agile, Lean, DevOps, Continuous Delivery
  • Challenges with virtual teams – not everybody is suited to working this way, need to take time up front on shared values and getting to know each other (and this can be done virtually if need be)
  • Measuring good teams – satisfaction surveys, team results, engagement levels
  • Agile Virtual ITSM Teams workshop
  • Opportunity for convergence between Agile and people development areas
  • Issue is how to translate Agile to Service Management – learn by continuous improvement and experimentation
  • Leading ITSM from…

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Episode 87: Coffee From The Trenches with Henrik Kniberg

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Henrik KnibergRenee and Craig catch up with Henrik Kniberg at Scrum Australia 2014 where he tries coffee for the first time in ten years at the Paramount Coffee Project (the best coffee in Sydney according to Renee). Apart from getting his verdict on the brew, they also talk about:

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Episode 79: Vomit Value with Jim Benson

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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 2008 – Technical Lessons Learned Turning the Agile Dials to Eleven!

My presentation with Paul King from Agile 2008 called “Technical Lessons Learned Turning the Agile Dials to Eleven!” is available on Slideshare.

Developer practices for traditional and agile Java development are well understood and documented. But dynamic languages – Groovy, Ruby, and others – change the ground rules. Many of the common practices, refactoring techniques, and design patterns we have been taught either no longer apply or should be applied differently and some new techniques come into play. In this talk, techniques for agile development with dynamic languages are discussed. How should we better apply refactoring techniques? What new aspects do we need to think about?

The session was recorded and is available on InfoQ.

The corresponding paper is available via the IEEE and is also available in full via the Agile Academy.

Agile 2008 – Agile Project Experiences: The Story of Three Little Pigs

My presentation with Paul King from Agile 2008 called “Agile Project Experiences: The Story of Three Little Pigs” is available on Slideshare.

Over the last few years, we have aggressively applied agile practices on a number of projects with success. These successes, however, have not been achieved without challenges and lessons learnt along the way. This experience report specifically highlights examples from three different projects of varying sizes in this period in the same organisation (three little pigs) where in all cases the pigs were well and truly committed.

Some of the key successes from the example projects will also be discussed.

The corresponding paper is available via the IEEE and is also available in full via the Agile Academy.