In a wide-ranging interview, LMAX's Trisha Gee talks to Charles Humble about using Java for low latency programming, and the Disruptor, an open source concurrent programming framework developed by LMAX. She also discusses the agile management techniques used at LMAX, and issues around gender and ethnic diversity in IT.
James Grenning on Agile, from co-authoring the Manifesto, to fathering Planning Poker, to Agile for Embedded Development
James shares his experience as one of the Agile Manifesto co-authors, fathering the original Agile estimating game (which became Planning Poker) and how Agile methods fit with embedded software development. James also discusses his new book, Test Driven Development for Embedded C, while sharing some surprises, such as his recommendation that teams stop using Planning Poker.
Alan Shalloway discusses the challenges associated with transitioning companies to Lean and Agile methods on an enterprise scale. The interview discusses how Lean and Kanban can be used to encourage encourage incremental change and ongoing improvement, the cultural factors that can hamper Agile adoption, and why practices that benefit teams can actually harm the organization as a whole.
In this interview, Jesper Boeg, author of the new InfoQ book – Priming Kanban, discusses the keys to using Kanban effectively, and how to get started if you are currently using other approaches. Jesper also discusses the benefits of integrating elements of Kanaban into existing Scrum teams and what can be achieved from the team seeing the entire value chain and owning the whole process.
Johanna Rothman discusses the application of portfolio management thinking in an Agile way, and having the courage to stop work and cancel projects when they have outlived their usefulness. Tackling topics such as the mission impossible project, the sacred cow project and other management impediments and how to overcome them.
In Agile, adoption and transformation are typically viewed as one big event. Mike Cottmeyer provides a holistic perspective that looks as adoption as the implementation of practices, and transformation along two dimensions, organizational and personal. Mike discusses how they are a means to an end, and how to avoid the trap of focusing on practice adoption as a goal.
Ten Years after the Agile Manifesto Jeff Sutherland muses the question of whether Agile teams are truly Agile. You’re not Agile if you’re not producing product at the end of each sprint. Jeff discusses doing scrum well, velocity and production measurements and the next big challenge for Agile leaders.
In this interview, Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd, cofounders of the Agile Coaching Institute, discuss the role of the Agile Coach and the competencies (i.e. facilitation, mentoring, teaching, and coaching) necessary to become effective in that role. Also discussed are ways an Agile coach can transform teams and organizations while reinforcing behaviors that will endure after the coach leaves.
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, 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.
Agile teams are an ideal environment for collaborative creativity. Great teams can apply creative ideas to problem solving and innovation for new product ideas. Neuroscience gives us new insights into how creativity works. Research into creativity enhancement gives us ways to guide people in a group to create results that are greater than the sum of its individual members.
Esther Derby talks about common management and team traps that can impact organisations adopting Agile methods. She describes the conditions needed to form "real teams" and how management can create the right environment to nurture the formation of self organizing teams.