The Importance of Technical Practices in Agile

Interview with Tim Ottinger on  Jun 02, 2015

Tim Ottinger talks about things that can and do go wrong with Agile transitions, why facilitation matters in agile, increasing the understanding of agile, what is needed to create trust in the organization, the importance of technical practices in Agile, improving technical skills and practices and the “Taking back Agile” initiative.


Tony Grout and Chris Matts on Skype's Agile Transformation

Interview with Tony Grout and Chris Matts on  May 31, 2015

Tony and Chris describe how Skype transformed their operations to adopt agile methods across 200+ teams spread over eight locations around the world. They discuss what worked, some of the challenges and share ideas that other organisations may be able to use in their own transitions.


Rachel Davies on Whatever Happened to Being Extreme

Interview with Rachel Davies on  May 24, 2015

An interview with Rachel Davies about extreme programming and agile techniques, good things that have happened since the agile manifesto was published, developments that give agile a bad name and things that can be done to prevent that people think badly about agile and start to resist it and how scrum teams can adopt more technical practices from XP.


Enyo Kumahor on Bringing Frugal Innovation Out of Africa

Interview with Enyo Kumahor on  May 19, 2015

Enyo Kumahor talks about how Cobat Partners helps companies in Africa to leverage technology, applying the ideas of frugal innovation and pragmatism to delivering products which make a difference to the daily lives of people in Africa, despite the constraints they must work within. She discusses how these ideas apply beyond Africa, and how IT professionals around the world can help.


Portia Tung on Hope as the Driver for Change and Improvement

Interview with Portia Tung on  May 18, 2015

Portia Tung works as an agile coach and shares some experience on making teams out of individuals and motivating those teams to follow a vision or reach a goal. One technique to reach a goal is to use hope as the combination of will-power and way-power. How much power do I have to follow my goals and how much creativity do I have to overcome any obstacles on my way?


Helen Walton and Pete Burden on Creating the Culture You Want

Interview with Helen Walton and Pete Burden on  May 12, 2015

At QCon London Helen Walton and Pete Burden discussed what it takes to design a collaborative, agile supporting culture in an organisation, if it is possible for large organisations to actually change and what is needed to enable that change. The spoke about the Spark the Change conference and how it is a showcase of organisations that are actually working in new ways.


Jenni Jepsen on the Neuroscience Behind Why Agile Works

Interview with Jenni Jepsen on  May 05, 2015

Jenni explores the neuroscience which shows why agile works, how it links to the factors that motivate people (using the SCARF model) and how leadership at every level and shows how empowering people is necessary for organisational success.


Frank Tino Talks About His Experience Adopting OpenSpace Agility

Interview with Frank Tino on  May 02, 2015

Frank Tino is an executive at a large software company who brought Agile to his organization using an invitational approach, instead of imposing practices on teams. He used a method called OpenSpace Agility to bring an entire enterprise into the process of experimenting with Agile principles and practices, in service to getting a rapid and lasting Agile adoption at scale.


Ben Linders on Retrospectives and Helping Teams Improve

Interview with Ben Linders on  Apr 30, 2015

Ben talks about the value of retrospectives as a technique for teams to improve their processes and achieve better outcomes through continuous improvement and ongoing learning. He says that management support is needed to enable change to be effective. He emphasizes the importance of technical as well as social practices for delivery of valuable software.


Matthew Skelton on DevOps and Continuous Delivery Challenges

Interview with Matthew Skelton on  Apr 28, 2015

Matthew Skelton talks about the challenges to DevOps and Continuous Delivery adoption, what's the impact of microservices in this space, how to leverage ITIL, and DevOps team topologies.


Jesper Richter-Reichhelm on the Game Development Process at Wooga

Interview with Jesper Richter-Reichhelm on  Apr 23, 2015

How do you create hits in mobile gaming? Jesper Richter-Reichhelm, Head of Engineering at Wooga, tells us about the challenges of mobile game development. How do you find the right story for a game, what technological base is the right one? And after all, what are the indications that a game might not be a hit which leads to stopping the project even right before global launch?


Shane Hastie on Distributed Agile Teams, Product Ownership and the Agile Manifesto Translation Program

Interview with Shane Hastie on  Apr 17, 2015

An interview with Shane Hastie about working effectively in distributed agile teams and making remote working work, why product ownership should be a team sport and how product owners teams can work with development teams and the Agile Manifesto translation program.

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