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Jeff Patton on the Product Owner’s World

Posted by Jeff Patton on  Dec 09, 2011 1

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

Posted by Linda Cook on  Dec 02, 2011 2

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.

Elastic Leadership

Posted by 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’ Jez Humble Delivers on Continuous Delivery

Posted by Jez Humble on  Dec 11, 2010

In this interview Jez Humble discusses the concept of continuous delivery, which implies that software should always be production ready throughout its lifecycle. That means that every build could be released into production and run effectively. Continuous delivery involves build and deployment automation, continuous integration, test automation, managing infrastructure and environments and more.

IBM's Elizabeth Woodward on Distributed Team Collaboration

Posted by Elizabeth Woodward on  Nov 10, 2010

In this interview, Elizabeth Woodward talks about overcoming the collaboration problems that arise in distributed team development. She also discusses using Scrum in distributed teams. As co-author of "A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum," Woodward focuses on establishing good, fundamental practices – as she says good practices are paramount for teams and tooling comes second.

Diana Larsen Speaks to the Value of Trust, Authenticity and Forgiveness on Teams

Posted by Diana Larsen on  Oct 19, 2010 2

In this interview, Diana Larsen gives her perspective on the value of trust in an Agile development environment. Larsen talks of trust, authenticity and forgiveness as being key to teaming efforts. Trust is the glue that holds teams together. Authenticity is showing one’s true self to the team. And forgiveness is critical in rebuilding trust on a team if it is somehow broken.

Smaltalk's Dave and Erlang's Joe on Software Quality and Craftsmanship

Posted by Joe Armstrong & Dave Thomas on  Aug 12, 2010

Joe Armstrong and Dave Thomas take a look back on the evolution of software and progress that has been made. They make some observations about the actual state of the industry and highlight problems that prevent it from delivering quality software. They try to identify reasons of these issues and suggest craftsmanship as possible solution.

Mary-Lynn Manns on Fearless Change

Posted by Mary-Lynn Manns on  Jan 28, 2010

Mary-Lynn discusses how Fearless Change presented patterns focused on the evangelist and the introduction of new change ideas into an organization. She goes on to note how the sequel, tentatively titled More Fearless Change, adds patterns that focus on gaining the necessary emotional and personal commitment to making change happen. She also talks about Agile and its adoption.

Jay Phillips on Adhearsion and VoIP

Posted by Jay Phillips on  Jan 08, 2009

In this interview recorded at RubyFringe, Jay Phillips talks about VoIP, Asterisk and how his framework Adhearsion makes it easy to write voice applications.

Scott Ambler On Agile’s Present and Future

Posted by Scott Ambler on  Dec 01, 2008

In this interview, InfoQ’s Chief Editor, Floyd Marinescu, interviewed Scott Ambler, Practice Lead for Agile Development at IBM, on the current status of the Agile community and practices having a look at the perspective of the Agile’s future.

Jim McCarthy and 11 Commitments For a Shared Vision

Posted by Jim McCarthy on  Oct 24, 2008

In this talk filmed during Agile 2008, Jim McCarthy talks about 11 commitments team members should adhere to if they want to achieve a state of shared vision. Such a state empowers a team to reach their full potential and ultimately attain greatness.

Per Kroll on Agility & Discipline, Distributed Dev, RUP Subsets

Posted by Per Kroll on  May 04, 2007

Per Kroll is responsible for developing and managing RUP at Rational. In the interview, Per shares insights from his book 'Agility and Discipline', Agile practices for distributed development, how RUP is changing to support teams that want to customize it, and RUP vs. Agile.

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