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  • Esther Derby Discusses 13 Questions for Team Managers

    In this interview, team development expert Esther Derby talk about her 13 questions for team managers – a set of questions aimed at helping managers make their development teams more effective. Derby said her goal is to help managers to look at their organization in terms of its capacity, in terms of what its customers desire and in terms of creating more effective work systems.

    Esther Derby Discusses 13 Questions for Team Managers
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    35:31
  • IBM's Elizabeth Woodward on Distributed Team Collaboration

    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.

    IBM's Elizabeth Woodward on Distributed Team Collaboration
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    25:29
  • Elisabeth Hendrickson on the State of Functional Testing Tools

    In this interview Elisabeth Hendrickson talks about the Agile Alliance Functional Testing Tools (AA-FTT) group, a discussion group related to advances in functional testing tools for Agile projects. She says this Yahoo group focuses on automated functional testing as an integral and essential part of Agile development. She also discusses the maturity of the state of functional testing tools.

    Elisabeth Hendrickson on the State of Functional Testing Tools
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    13:09
  • Diana Larsen Speaks to the Value of Trust, Authenticity and Forgiveness on Teams

    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.

    Diana Larsen Speaks to the Value of Trust, Authenticity and Forgiveness on Teams
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    17:02
  • ThoughtWorks Studios' Cyndi Mitchell Talks Adaptive ALM, Continuous Delivery

    In this interview, Cyndi Mitchell talks about ThoughtWorks’ concept of “Continuous Delivery,” which focuses on the last mile of software delivery. Mitchell also discusses the “adaptive” in ThoughtWorks Studios’ Adaptive ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) strategy, in which Agile solutions must be adaptive to users’ needs. And Mitchell describes ThoughtWorks Studios tools: Mingle, Go and Twist.

    ThoughtWorks Studios' Cyndi Mitchell Talks Adaptive ALM, Continuous Delivery
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    36:00
  • Amr Elssamadisy: Why Agile Works

    In this interview Amr Elssamadisy talks about the practice of Agile software development and why it works. Elssamadisy said Agile processes work because developers are able to learn from their successes. Indeed, Elssamadisy said developers learn from both their mistakes/failures, as well as from their successes. Moreover, developers need to learn how to work with teams and to handle confrontation.

    Amr Elssamadisy: Why Agile Works
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    23:18
  • Bob Galen Talks Scrum

    In this interview, Bob Galen talks up the benefits of the Scrum methodology. He delves into issues such as what is the product owner’s role and how to develop a well-formed backlog. Galen also focuses on the various parts of the team, including the Scrum Master. He also gets into the process of grooming, and what to do and not do in a sprint.

    Bob Galen Talks Scrum
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    30:43
  • Ashley Johnson on Personal Agility and Setting Higher Standards

    Ashley Johnson shares his views on Agile development, in particular the move toward “Personal Agility.” Johnson says it is not possible to have an Agile organization of any scale without having the individuals behave in an Agile manner. Part of Personal Agility is about taking responsibility and approaching others as humans rather than obstacles. Johnson also discussed the Scrum vs. Kanban debate.

    Ashley Johnson on Personal Agility and Setting Higher Standards
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    38:20
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