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Context-Driven Agile Leadership: Managing Complexity and Uncertainty

Posted by Todd Little  on  Feb 11, 2008

Of course, "anything more than 'barely sufficient' process is waste," but what does that mean for your team, or my next project? In this 60 minute presentation from the APLN Leadership Summit at Agile2006, Todd Little shared a model to help choose the right "flavour" of Agile for different kinds of projects, and discussed the importance of 'steering' throughout the project's duration.

Leading From A Position Of No Power: A Customer’s Perspective of an Agile Team

Posted by Alexia Bowers  on  Oct 30, 2007

Last year Agile coach Alexia Bowers walked a mile in a project customer's shoes, and told us how it felt in this Agile2006 Leadership Summit presentation. She stressed the need to strive for creative solutions instead of simply cutting scope.

Homer's Odyssey or My Life as an Agile Consultant

Posted by Jean Tabaka  on  Sep 17, 2007

In this offbeat presentation from Agile2006, Jean Tabaka compares impediments and obstacles encountered by an Agile mentor with those detailed in Homer's classic. In this 73 minutes presentation, discover who plays which classical roles in Agile adoption: Cyclops, the Sirens, Poseidon, Circe, Cicones, the Lotus-Eaters, and even the good-and-faithful dog Argus.

Reflecting Forward – A Guided Agile Transition

Posted by David Hussman and Tor Stenstad  on  Aug 28, 2007 3

This half hour presentation looks at a Fortune 500 company's effort to achieve faster time to market by transitioning from RUP to Agile. At Agile2006 Hussman & Stenstad revealed the gradual process from readiness assessment and chartering through education and practice to the creation of an adaptive culture with a "living plan", sharing lessons learned along the way.

Agile Styles: Lean and DSDM

Posted by Mary Poppendieck and Jean Tabaka  on  Jul 12, 2007

This second Agile2006 Agile Styles video looks at DSDM and Lean. Jean Tabaka covered the history and principles of the venerable DSDM methodology, founded in 1994 and now accepted in the UK for use on government contracts. Mary Poppendieck gave real examples of how the 7 Lean principles provide competitive advantage, and discussed the relationship between quality, speedy delivery and low cost.

An Introduction to Agile Leadership

Posted by Tim Lister  on  Jun 28, 2007 1

Tim Lister explains the principles of Agile Project Leadership in the framework of the Declaration of Interdependence.

Agile Styles: Feature Driven Development and the Crystal Methodologies

Posted by David Anderson, Alistair Cockburn  on  May 16, 2007

Prominent practitioners and writers introduced four popular approaches at Agile2006 in the "Agile Styles" talk. In the first half of the presentation, Alistair Cockburn talked about his Crystal Methodologies and David J. Anderson presented Feature Driven Development (FDD).

Database Refactoring

Posted by Scott Ambler  on  Mar 10, 2007 1

Like other leaders in the Agile community, Scott Ambler is passionate about expanding Agile practices to include all contributors to software success. Recently he has been teaching teams how to integrate database roles into the iterative, incremental rhythm of their teams. InfoQ captured Ambler's talk on Database Refactoring at Agile2006.

The Principles of Agile Design

Posted by Bob Martin  on  Jan 30, 2007 9

Bob Martin of Object Mentor presents the first of his five principles of agile design. Beginning with an explanation of the real purpose of object-oriented design - the management of dependencies - Bob walks through a code example to illustrate how dependencies can be managed with abstractions, and that good designs are those in which high-level abstractions do not depend on low-level details.

Agile Quality: A Canary in a Coal Mine

Posted by Ken Schwaber  on  Nov 13, 2006 4

Scrum co-creator Ken Schwaber spoke at Agile2006 on code quality as a corporate asset. InfoQ presents video of his talk, The Canary in the Coalmine. Schwaber discussed how a degrading core codebase paralyses a team and negates any Agility gained through process improvement. He proposed strategies for management to identify, track and stop this downward spiral.

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