During QCon San Francisco 2008, InfoQ and BayAPLN, a local group of Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN), organized a panel comprised of Agile experts which answered questions from the audience. The panelists were: David Chilcott, Moderator, Polyanna Pixton, David Hussman, Sue Mckinney, Pat Reed.
Scott Shaw, Director of Services at ThoughtWorks, and Martin Fowler, Chief Scientist at ThoughtWorks, talk about the need for a new relationship between the business department and the IT department. Studies have constantly shown that the main culprit for unsuccessful projects lies in miscommunication between the business people and the IT ones.
Obie Fernandez will leverage his experience successfully selling consulting services for both Thoughtworks and Hashrocket to help you with the following questions: How do I figure out how to price my services? How do I figure out the kind of work I want to sell? How do I write contracts and statements of work? What about proposals? And RFPs? How do I close the deal?
In this presentation filmed during Agile 2007, Mike Cohn talks about the transitioning process towards an agile organization, why the process is inherently difficult, and what it takes to see self-organization emerging in a previously tightly controlled environment.
Neal Ford talks about Mingle, Thoughtworks Studios' project management software. Mingle is written or JRuby - Neal explains the experience with building a product on JRuby, solutions to problems, and future plans for using JRuby in Mingle.
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.
Here is a story about Agile's use in a governmental organisation: at the 2006 APLN Leadership Summit Mark Salamango and John Cunningham looked at the problems and opportunities of introducing Agile in Army environments. True Agile practices cannot be 'commanded' or 'directed’ but frequent delivery offers Agile leaders a "soft" kind of power that is, in fact, very effective.
In this 90-minute talk from the Agile2007 conference, Lean software thought leader Mary Poppendieck reviewed 20th century management theories, including Toyota and Deming, and went on to talk about "the matrix problem", alignment, waste cutting, planning and standards. She closed by addressing the role of measurement: "cash flow thinking" over "balance sheet thinking".
Dragos Manolescu shares insights gained from growing ThoughtWorks' architecture evaluation practice and evaluating several architectures for Global 1000 companies. These insights aim at preparing people interested in commissioning, managing, performing, participating in, or analyzing the results of architecture evaluation to tackle the realities of the front line.
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.
Tim Lister explains the principles of Agile Project Leadership in the framework of the Declaration of Interdependence.
Ian Cartwright presents some of his work (developed with Martin Fowler) on Event Patterns, including: Event Sourcing, Event Collaboration, Parallel Model, and Retroactive Event. These patterns can be used in scenarios where a sequence of domain model changes may need to be recorded, reversed, corrected, or simply observed.