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Elisabeth Hendrickson Describes the AAFT

Posted by Elisabeth Hendrickson on  Jun 23, 2009

Elisabeth Hendrickson describes the Agile Alliance Functional Testing Tools Group (AAFT) as a community that is helping to foster and create the next generation of functional testing tools. In this interview at Agile 2008, she tells us about the current state and the current needs of the Agile community around functional testing tools beyond FIT and FITNesse.

Bas Vodde on Large Scale Scrum

Posted by Bas Vodde on  Jun 02, 2009

Bas Vodde describes strategies for large teams with legacy software to adopt Scrum successfully. Bas discusses communication problems found in most component teams and why and how teams - especially large ones - should make the change to feature teams and how that change affects organizational structure.

Jeff Patton on Embracing Uncertainty

Posted by Jeff Patton on  May 13, 2009

In this interview with Jeff Patton at Agile 2008, he talks about three strategies that can help product owners do their job more effectively by embracing the inherent uncertainty in all software development. Namely they are understanding the ultimate goals of the project, delaying decisions until the last responsible moment, and scaling up by building quality.

Lean Organizations to Support Agile Teams

Posted by Robin Dymond on  Apr 07, 2009 1

Robin Dymond gives an overview of Lean, how it can help take Agile to the 'next level' and why organizations that fail to change will not have successful Agile teams. Robin describes an organizational mismatch between traditional hierarchies and team structures. He believes that organizations will need to reorganize around teams to get the most out of Agile.

Brian Marick and Micro-Scale Retro-Futurist Anarcho-Syndicalism

Posted by Brian Marick on  Feb 23, 2009 2

Brian Marick discusses what he means by micro-scale-retro-futurist-anachro-syndicalism and why we should go back to the roots of Agile. He talks about what he thinks were the mistakes in the Agile Manifesto, how it has lead to the state of the Agile community today, and how we can build better systems by making them so that they are much more easily tested.

Software Design Helps Being Agile

Posted by Rebecca Wirfs-Brock on  Feb 04, 2009 3

In this interview made by InfoQ’s Deborah Hartmann during Agile 2008, Rebecca Wirfs-Brock talks about software design, the need for good design and the technical debt that might accumulate slowing down the development process. The conclusion is that agile developers should not disregard design.

Similarities Between Interaction Designers and Agile Programmers

Posted by Alan Cooper on  Jan 29, 2009

In this interview made during Agile 2008, Alan Cooper, the father of Visual Basic and supporter of interaction design, talks about his contact with the Agile movement and the similarities discovered between Agile programmers and interaction designers.

Keith Braithwaite, an Agile Skeptic

Posted by Keith Braithwaite on  Dec 30, 2008 10

In this interview made by InfoQ’s Amr Elssamadisy during Agile 2008, Keith Braithwaite, an Agile developer, consultant and trainer, says that we should show a good deal of skepticism towards today’s Agile practice.

Pressure and Performance – The CTO's Dilemma

Posted by Diana Larsen and Jim Shore on  Nov 12, 2008 1

In this interview made by Deborah Hartmann during Agile 2008, Diana Larsen and Jim Shore talk about patterns observed in CTOs' activity. CTOs emerge as real people caring for other people in their organization, and are put under a lot of pressure and constraints.

Linda Rising: Prejudices Can Alter Team Work

Posted by Linda Rising on  Oct 25, 2008 1

In this interview filmed during Agile 2008, following the presentation "Who Do You Trust?", Linda Rising shows how prejudices can affect the relationships between team members. According to Linda, we all have a tendency to categorize others based on characteristics like race, religion, sex, but also based on more trivial characteristics, and many times we are not even aware we are doing it.

Jim McCarthy and 11 Commitments For a Shared Vision

Posted by Jim McCarthy on  Oct 24, 2008

In this talk filmed during Agile 2008, Jim McCarthy talks about 11 commitments team members should adhere to if they want to achieve a state of shared vision. Such a state empowers a team to reach their full potential and ultimately attain greatness.

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