Steve Peha describes how culture can derail a seemingly perfect Agile project. He then details how we can see and incrementally modify cultures by focusing on agreements. Agreements govern how we work together; they govern individuals and their interactions. By deliberately focusing on making, keeping, confronting, and renegotiating agreements, we can change our culture to support Agile teams.
The Agile 2013 conference was held in August 2013. Rebecca and Phil talk about the conference keynotes, number of sessions and the diversity of attendees. They also discuss the internationalization and breadth of the activities and goals of the Agile Alliance and how the Alliance is an inclusive organization encompassing many different agile approaches and brands.
Gib Broza talks about his book "The Human Side of Agile", how to become an empathic leader, building solid teams that provide enduring and stable high performance. He provides some pragmatic advice for leaders in self-organizing agile teams on how create and nurture an environment which brings out the best in the team members.
Johanna Rothman talks about the cost of multi-tasking, recruiting the correct people for your team and organization, managing your own job search. She goes on to discuss how to scale Lean and Agile approaches to large programs of work by decreasing batcg sizes, improving flow and using small-world networks to create collaborative ecosystems.
Gabby Benefield has spent much of the last three years working on a contracting model that is outcomes focused and allows customers and suppliers to overcome the barriers inherent in most contracts. The most common contracting models in use today (fixed scope or time-and-materials) actually increase risk in software development. She has worked with IT lawyer Susan Atkinson to develop an alternate
Laurent is the Archivist for the Agile Alliance, creating a repository of conference sessions and other knowledge the Alliance collects. He also examines the value of being wrong (and being able to admit it) which he has written and spoken about extensively.
At the Agile 2013 conference three of the leaders from VersionOne spoke about managing a growing agile organisation, agile and the PMO, agile capacity planning, enterprise adoption patterns, throughput accounting and the principles of flow, encouraging and allowing cultural change and the latest features of the product. They discussed how agile is used inside Version One and at their customers
Mitch Lacey talks about the Stalwarts Track at Agile 2013, how hiring is broken in many organisations and suggests some ways to address the problem and asks for volunteers for Agile 2014
Tim Lister talks about his keynote at the Agile 2013 conference, reflecting on his 40 years in the software industry, the new release of the book Peopleware, risk management in software projects and how teams form.
Samuel Crescencio and Juan Banda discuss the state of Agile adoption in South America, the conferences and community events which are happening there and the formation of the Agile Alliance Brazil.
Stuart Turner previews the Agile Singapore conference held in November. He talks about some of the keynote speakers and the growth of the agile community in Singapore. InfoQ recorded the conference sessions and they will be available on the site in 2014.
Kent McDonald discusses Agile 2013 from the conference chair perspective, some of the decisions, approaches and new experiments undertaken and thoughts on the future direction of the conference.