Bryan Beecham (aka Billy Garnet) reminds us that "XP not dead!" and shares his approach to teaching TDD and refactoring with Lego and applying XP and craftsmanship in teams as well as the human body.
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.
Pollyanna is collaborating with two others to write a book on Collaborative Leadership. In this interview she gives an overview of how leadership needs to promote ownership, build a culture of trust and a focus on value for both customers and the organization to enable the formation of high-performing teams.
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.
Joshua Kerievsky tells us about Anzen and his experience in taking the concept of safety from the manufacturing world and tailoring it to software development teams and organizations. By having ONE core value - safety - teams and organizations can keep from falling into the common pattern of practicing a superficial form of Agile and/or Lean development without getting any of the results.
Ola Ellnestam talks about the Mikado Method for large scale refactoring of legacy systems, his talk at the Agile 2013 conference on Win-Win Conversations and the Agile community in Northern Europe
Diana Larsen discusses her Agile works including Agile Retrospectives, Liftoff, the Agile Fluency model as well as the future of Agile and the Agile Alliance.
In this third segment Dan Mezick talks about how creating a pulse around Open Space events helps organisations create a sense of community, deal with uncertainty and create an environment which sustains their agile adoption for the long term.
Steve Adolph discusses his PhD research on communications in organisations, the importance of boundary spanners and how a large backlog becomes an impediment to product development flow. He talks about he importance of the ScrumMaster role, problems with Product Owners and where Business Analysis can add value.