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  • Traci Fenton on Freedom at Work

    Traci Fenton shares some tips for creating greater freedom and teamwork including the "power question", "happiness buckets", "church of fail", and more. This interview was recorded at CultureCon 2012 organized by Agile Boston and is intended primarily for a business audience but has lots of inspiring tips for the rest of us.

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    19:33
  • Stanley Pollack on Moving Beyond Icebreakers

    In his book “Moving Beyond Icebreakers” Stanley Pollack includes over 300 interactives. In this interview he talks about how to use them to achieve group goals, build teams, address difficult issues and engage communities. He discusses a number of them and how a structured approach to facilitation can result in better outcomes.

    Stanley Pollack on Moving Beyond Icebreakers
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    52:25
  • Jesper Boeg on Priming Kanban

    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.

    Jesper Boeg on Priming Kanban
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    22:03
  • Mike Cottmeyer on Agile Adoption and Transformation

    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.

    Mike Cottmeyer on Agile Adoption and Transformation
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    23:44
  • Jeff Sutherland: Are Agile Teams Truly Agile?

    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.

    Jeff Sutherland: Are Agile Teams Truly Agile?
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    28:49
  • Systems Thinking for Management

    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.

    Systems Thinking for Management
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    29:38
  • Rod Johnson on Entrepreneurialism

    Spring creator Rod Johnson discusses the importance of vision, teamwork, perserverance and sacrifice as he relates what it took to successfully build SpringSource from a small open source consultancy to a middleware powerhouse aimed at simplifying Enterprise Java, that sold to VMWare for hundreds of millions.

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    28:52
  • Elastic Leadership

    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.

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    35:11
  • ThoughtWorks’ Fowler and Humble Talk Continuous Delivery

    Two of ThoughtWorks’ finest, Martin Fowler and Jez Humble, talk about the notion of Continuous Delivery, which enables organizations to build software that is production ready at all times. To do this, enterprises automate the build, deployment, and testing process, and improve collaboration between developers, testers, and operations. The duo discusses a variety of related issues.

    ThoughtWorks’ Fowler and Humble Talk Continuous Delivery
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    38:29
  • Transforming Businesses to Agility

    M Dwyer of BigVisible Solutions talks about the process of transforming businesses to agility, including the concept of Agile localization in global efforts. Dwyer says that with distributed teams across multiple time zones and cultures it is good to establish a group of Agile missionaries to go forth and train people on Agile. He also discusses how to transfer Agile skills to the next generation.

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    20:30
  • Johanna Rothman: Managing Agile Teams

    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.

    Johanna Rothman: Managing Agile Teams
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    35:27
  • 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
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