In this series of four short interviews one of the founders and some of the contributors to the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) discuss the goals of the organization and how it works. Ahmed Sidky explains why ICAgile was founded and the goals behind the formation, Lyssa Adkins, Michael Spayd and Sally Elatta talk about the reason for their involvement and why they support it.
Lachlan Heasman and Bernd Schiffer talk about Agile Coaching and how to define it and the skills required as well as their experiences along the way including Scrum PLoP, 42 things and Agile meetups.
Michele Sliger helps bridge the divide between traditional project management and Agile so that classically trained PM’s can successfully apply Agile practices, and more importantly, an Agile mindset. Along the way, Michele clears up some of the confusion about the strengthened Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Professional certification and the new PMI Agile Certified Practitioner certification.
Dennis Stevens discusses ways to identify and focus on business value and risk mitigation in Agile projects. As a contributor to the Agile Extension to the BABOK, and in his work on the ICAgile Business Analysis & Value Management area, and how to identify, prioritize and mitigate risk in software development projects.
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.
In this interview, Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd, cofounders of the Agile Coaching Institute, discuss the role of the Agile Coach and the competencies (i.e. facilitation, mentoring, teaching, and coaching) necessary to become effective in that role. Also discussed are ways an Agile coach can transform teams and organizations while reinforcing behaviors that will endure after the coach leaves.
Founding members of the ICAgile Consortium, Ahmed Sidky and Alistair Cockburn, discuss IC Agile, along with Bob Payne, a consultant, coach and trainer. They explain why ICAgile was created, how it fits in with popular certifications like the Certified ScrumMaster, how organizations that deliver training can fit their courses into the ICAgile road map and how individuals can collect knowledge.
Gregory Brown explains the Ruby Mendicant University, a free online school for software developers that combines mentoring and training.
Ron Jeffries discusses the potential of Agile methods and the possible effect it could have on the programming industry. The impact could be greater with enterprise software as developers invest more time to understand the practice and technology they are using while being mindful.
Diana Larsen and James Newkirk take a look back at the beginnings of the Agile community, talk about the state of Agile training and certification and much more.
Lyssa Adkins discusses Agile Mentoring and what makes a good Agile Coach, as well as some of the lessons recorded in her recent book.