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.
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.
In a 60-minute JAOO 2005 talk, Scrum creator Dr. Jeff Sutherland covers the history of Scrum from its inception thru his participation with Ken Schwaber in rolling out Scrum to industry, to its impact at Easel, Fuji-Xerox, Honda, WildCard, Lexus, Google. He looks at Scrum types A, B and "all at once" type C, and confirms the humorous rumour that Kent Beck "stole" Scrum practices when creating XP.
Agile methods are empirical: plan, do, evaluate how it went, plan the next thing. When these cycles are very short, learning happens quickly and teams can move into high-performance mode. But discipline is necessary - planning must happen continuously to feed the fast-moving team. For 80 minutes David Hussman looks at the Agile practices around planning a project, a release, and an iteration.