Stanley Pollack on Moving Beyond Icebreakers

Interview with Stanley Pollack on  Nov 08, 2012

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.

James Grenning on Agile, from co-authoring the Manifesto, to fathering Planning Poker, to Agile for Embedded Development

Interview with James Grenning on  Feb 29, 2012

James shares his experience as one of the Agile Manifesto co-authors, fathering the original Agile estimating game (which became Planning Poker) and how Agile methods fit with embedded software development. James also discusses his new book, Test Driven Development for Embedded C, while sharing some surprises, such as his recommendation that teams stop using Planning Poker.

Jesper Boeg on Priming Kanban

Interview with Jesper Boeg on  Feb 10, 2012 1

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.

Mike Cottmeyer on Agile Adoption and Transformation

Interview with Mike Cottmeyer on  Jan 06, 2012

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.

Jeff Sutherland: Are Agile Teams Truly Agile?

Interview with Jeff Sutherland on  Jan 04, 2012

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.

Jeff Patton on the Product Owner’s World

Interview with Jeff Patton on  Dec 09, 2011

In this interview, Jeff Patton discusses the Product Owner role and points out that Agile has never been very focused on the customer. While Agile development excels at “delivery”, it struggles to support “discovery” (i.e. defining what the customer really needs). Also discussed are techniques such as Lean Startup and story maps and the importance of defining business value in an Agile context.

Linda Cook Discusses the Agile Coaching Profession

Interview with Linda Cook on  Dec 02, 2011

Linda Cook, a well-known agilist, and board member of both the Agile Alliance and the Agile Leadership Network, discusses the agile coaching profession. Among other things, she covers servant leadership, being as a role model, types of individuals appropriate for the profession, and the differences between being an external coach versus being an internal employee in the coach role.

Systems Thinking for Management

Interview with Esther Derby on  Oct 11, 2011

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.

Rod Johnson on Entrepreneurialism

Interview with Rod Johnson on  Jun 22, 2011 1

Spring creator Rod Johnson discusses the importance of vision, teamwork, perserverance and sacrifice as he relates what it took to successfully build SpringSource from a small open source consultancy to a middleware powerhouse aimed at simplifying Enterprise Java, that sold to VMWare for hundreds of millions.

Elastic Leadership

Interview with Roy Osherove on  Apr 15, 2011 4

Roy Osherove talks about the challenges and opportunities of being a software team leader. He shares his hard won experiences in growing teams, their members and influencing behaviour. Being a software team lead is about getting out of your comfort zone, creating trust and commitment in your team but also about knowing about team maturity levels and the different approaches needed.

ThoughtWorks’ Fowler and Humble Talk Continuous Delivery

Interview with Jez Humble and Martin Fowler on  Feb 18, 2011 4

Two of ThoughtWorks’ finest, Martin Fowler and Jez Humble, talk about the notion of Continuous Delivery, which enables organizations to build software that is production ready at all times. To do this, enterprises automate the build, deployment, and testing process, and improve collaboration between developers, testers, and operations. The duo discusses a variety of related issues.

Transforming Businesses to Agility

Interview with Mike Dwyer on  Jan 27, 2011

M Dwyer of BigVisible Solutions talks about the process of transforming businesses to agility, including the concept of Agile localization in global efforts. Dwyer says that with distributed teams across multiple time zones and cultures it is good to establish a group of Agile missionaries to go forth and train people on Agile. He also discusses how to transfer Agile skills to the next generation.

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