Amr Elssamadisy, founder of Agile Culture New York and author of the book Agile Adoption Patterns, shares his thoughts on why safety is essential to Agile success. We know that learning is essential for successful agility, and teams learn best through failure – but failure is inherently unsafe. The key to success is in making things safe. Without safety you cannot learn effectively from failure.
Dan Mezick, author of the book The Culture Game, shares his insights on engagement as the fuel of successful and lasting Agile adoptions. Pulling examples from Open Spaces and the computer gaming industry, Dan explains how they both implement four basic rules: have a clear goal, a clear set of rules, a good feedback system, and support an opt-in participation strategy.
Vickie Gray, author of the book Creating Time, shares her insights on the Core Protocols and how they can be used to solve many of the common problems that plague teams. The Core Protocols provide a common API on which the team can operate when performing Agile processes like Scrum or Kanban, and according to Vickie, we need this common API because humans are much more complicated than code.
In this interview, Jim and Michele McCarthy, co-founders of McCarthy Technologies, Inc. and authors of the book Software for Your Head, share their insights on the Core Protocols and the Core Commitments on which they’re based. These tools provide a set of structured interactions between people on a team, and when coupled with safety, freedom, and radical democracy, can lead a team to greatness.
Traci Fenton shares some tips for creating greater freedom and teamwork including the "power question", "happiness buckets", "church of fail", and more. This interview was recorded at CultureCon 2012 organized by Agile Boston and is intended primarily for a business audience but has lots of inspiring tips for the rest of us.
Linda Cook is a board member of the Agile Alliance. She talks about the impact of Management Debt on the ability of teams to be fully successful, diversity in the workplace and the impact of women leaving technical fields and the international role of the Agile Alliance.
In his book “Moving Beyond Icebreakers” Stanley Pollack includes over 300 interactives. In this interview he talks about how to use them to achieve group goals, build teams, address difficult issues and engage communities. He discusses a number of them and how a structured approach to facilitation can result in better outcomes.
In a wide-ranging interview, LMAX's Trisha Gee talks to Charles Humble about using Java for low latency programming, and the Disruptor, an open source concurrent programming framework developed by LMAX. She also discusses the agile management techniques used at LMAX, and issues around gender and ethnic diversity in IT.
In this interview, Jesper Boeg, author of the new InfoQ book – Priming Kanban, discusses the keys to using Kanban effectively, and how to get started if you are currently using other approaches. Jesper also discusses the benefits of integrating elements of Kanaban into existing Scrum teams and what can be achieved from the team seeing the entire value chain and owning the whole process.
In Agile, adoption and transformation are typically viewed as one big event. Mike Cottmeyer provides a holistic perspective that looks as adoption as the implementation of practices, and transformation along two dimensions, organizational and personal. Mike discusses how they are a means to an end, and how to avoid the trap of focusing on practice adoption as a goal.
Ten Years after the Agile Manifesto Jeff Sutherland muses the question of whether Agile teams are truly Agile. You’re not Agile if you’re not producing product at the end of each sprint. Jeff discusses doing scrum well, velocity and production measurements and the next big challenge for Agile leaders.
Esther Derby talks about common management and team traps that can impact organisations adopting Agile methods. She describes the conditions needed to form "real teams" and how management can create the right environment to nurture the formation of self organizing teams.