Amr Elssamadisy, founder of Agile Culture New York and author of the book Agile Adoption Patterns, shares his thoughts on why safety is essential to Agile success. We know that learning is essential for successful agility, and teams learn best through failure – but failure is inherently unsafe. The key to success is in making things safe. Without safety you cannot learn effectively from failure.
Dan Mezick, author of the book The Culture Game, shares his insights on engagement as the fuel of successful and lasting Agile adoptions. Pulling examples from Open Spaces and the computer gaming industry, Dan explains how they both implement four basic rules: have a clear goal, a clear set of rules, a good feedback system, and support an opt-in participation strategy.
Peter Saddington discusses his work as an Agile Coach, his Agile Scout blog, his new book and his passion into research and tools around leveraging human capital and optimizing teams.
Vickie Gray, author of the book Creating Time, shares her insights on the Core Protocols and how they can be used to solve many of the common problems that plague teams. The Core Protocols provide a common API on which the team can operate when performing Agile processes like Scrum or Kanban, and according to Vickie, we need this common API because humans are much more complicated than code.
In this interview, Jim and Michele McCarthy, co-founders of McCarthy Technologies, Inc. and authors of the book Software for Your Head, share their insights on the Core Protocols and the Core Commitments on which they’re based. These tools provide a set of structured interactions between people on a team, and when coupled with safety, freedom, and radical democracy, can lead a team to greatness.
Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd discuss the discipline of professional coaching, leading and facilitating conflict and the right view when thinking about conflict.
In this interview, Agile management expert Johanna Rothman talks about the process of managing in Agile environments, particularly for distributed teams. Rothman also helps to distinguish between self-directed, self-organized and self-managed teams. And she stresses the importance of clear communication amongst team members, as well as the ability for managers to learn new skills.
Scrum creator Jeff Sutherland guesses there are 120,000 Scrum teams holding standup meetings on any given working day. But how many are really doing Scrum? At QCon London 2007 he talked about "the Nokia test" which he likes to use to distinguish whether teams are doing Agile or only iterative process - or neither! He also revealed the connection between Scrum and the Mars robots.
David Hussmann "Agile Geek at Large" spoke with InfoQ about his approach to coaching teams adopting Agile, including how to customize it for different kinds of organizations, and some common factors to retain, to achieve lasting success.