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Dan Mezick – Engagement

Interview with Dan Mezick on  Jul 19, 2013

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.

Vickie Gray - The Core Protocols

Interview with Vickie Gray on  Dec 20, 2012

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.

The Core Protocols

Interview with Jim and Michele McCarthy on  Dec 03, 2012 1

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.

Johanna Rothman on Agile Portfolio Management

Interview with Johanna Rothman on  Jan 12, 2012

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.

Jeff Patton on the Product Owner’s World

Interview with Jeff Patton on  Dec 09, 2011

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 Discusses the Agile Coaching Profession

Interview with Linda Cook on  Dec 02, 2011

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.

Elastic Leadership

Interview with Roy Osherove on  Apr 15, 2011 4

Roy Osherove talks about the challenges and opportunities of being a software team leader. He shares his hard won experiences in growing teams, their members and influencing behaviour. Being a software team lead is about getting out of your comfort zone, creating trust and commitment in your team but also about knowing about team maturity levels and the different approaches needed.

ThoughtWorks’ Jez Humble Delivers on Continuous Delivery

Interview with Jez Humble on  Dec 11, 2010

In this interview Jez Humble discusses the concept of continuous delivery, which implies that software should always be production ready throughout its lifecycle. That means that every build could be released into production and run effectively. Continuous delivery involves build and deployment automation, continuous integration, test automation, managing infrastructure and environments and more.

IBM's Elizabeth Woodward on Distributed Team Collaboration

Interview with Elizabeth Woodward on  Nov 10, 2010

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.

Diana Larsen Speaks to the Value of Trust, Authenticity and Forgiveness on Teams

Interview with Diana Larsen on  Oct 19, 2010 2

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.

Smaltalk's Dave and Erlang's Joe on Software Quality and Craftsmanship

Interview with Joe Armstrong & Dave Thomas on  Aug 12, 2010

Joe Armstrong and Dave Thomas take a look back on the evolution of software and progress that has been made. They make some observations about the actual state of the industry and highlight problems that prevent it from delivering quality software. They try to identify reasons of these issues and suggest craftsmanship as possible solution.

Mary-Lynn Manns on Fearless Change

Interview with Mary-Lynn Manns on  Jan 28, 2010

Mary-Lynn discusses how Fearless Change presented patterns focused on the evangelist and the introduction of new change ideas into an organization. She goes on to note how the sequel, tentatively titled More Fearless Change, adds patterns that focus on gaining the necessary emotional and personal commitment to making change happen. She also talks about Agile and its adoption.

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