Thundering down the Yalu River Valley Mig-15s and F-86 Fighters would meet head on to battle for the sky. The valley became know as MiG Alley and is considered the birthplace of jet fighter combat. Within the chaos of this arena a maverick named John Boyd emerged to forge the tactics and training that enabled survival in this new world of Jet Age combat. The simplicity of his tactics and methods are legend. They are ...more »
Lean-Agile organizations that have demonstrated success at scale share a common set of key characteristics. These characteristics are tied to the adoption of Lean and Agile Values and Principles. This lightning talk introduces the FACTUAL framework which I've used successfully coaching organizations in scaling Agile for the past four years. The framework provides a light weight approach for leaders and change agents ...more »
Change happens to us all the time. Normally, it happens so slowly that we don't particularly notice. Sometimes the change happens so quickly that we do notice. My life changed in September 2009. With sudden hearing loss and constant vertigo, my life took a sudden turn. I learned to ask for help; to accept that I can’t control everything; to see the current state so and to envision where I want to go. I adapt how I work, ...more »
We rank order our backlog, we rank order retrospective findings. Why don't we rank order the agile principles? Are they really all priority 0? The Agile Principles 20/20 exercise is a simple team collaboration activity that will allow a team to agree on what is important in the use of agile. When conducted across an organization the results can then be used to foster conversation that can bring the organizations to better ...more »
I'd like to talk about why I see so many agile teams struggling with failure.
It's not that they don't know what they need to do.
They just don't believe that they have permission to do what they need to do.
Do you know how to give, ask, and make permission?
It was a photo of a little girl riding a bike amongst the ruins of the Japanese Tsunami that moved me the most. Caught up in the emotion of their photos and stories, I offered to build an iPhone app for a non-profit, using their data to help tell their story. In reality, despite a career in web software, I knew little about mobile apps, cloud computing, or data for good causes. But I learned, and transformed because ...more »
Organizational (or “office” or “workplace”) politics are no fun. And politics are everywhere - at least everywhere you find more than 3 people interacting. Worst of all politics can be a barrier to achieving business outcomes and personal fulfillment.
In this lightning talk I will reframe “politics” so you can harness the power of your Agile team and develop an environment of growth and achievement.
Over the last 10 years, I've worked at 3 different organizations, at 7 different sites, in 2 different countries. I've been a Developer, a Technical Lead, a Scrum Master, and a Coach. I've done all of this working directly for each company. Through these experiences I've gathered some reflections on different subcultures between individuals, teams, sites, and organizations. In this talk I'll discuss some of the cultural ...more »
Before getting a CS degree, I spent 15+ years in professional theater. I would guess that on a day-to-day basis I use my theater skills more than my engineering ones. I want to talk about how a few ideas from improvisational theater can help your team embrace new ideas.
For nearly 6 years, my family believed an oxygen deficiency at birth left me with mild to moderate brain damage. This created a environment of low expectations that took decades to overcome. Our expectations of others can have a critical impact on every aspect of life, but specifically, what does the way we manage our Agile teams say about our expectations?
Someone named Timothy Turnstone submitted this intriguing talk to the Agile2015 conference. I am eager to comment on it in some detail. The proposed session and related comments follow....please note the intriguing comments from Tobias Mayer, Ron Jeffries, Harrison Owen, and many others..... The Virtue of Coercion Presenter: Tim Turnstone Track: Enterprise Agile Source Link (for reference): https://submissions.agilealliance.org/sessions/3408 ...more »
Holocracy has been in the news for great and not-so-great reasons recently. Some negative press has not really impacted the conversation on the intent and core principles driving the Holocracy movement. My Pecha Kucha presentation will focus on how agile teams can embed the core thinking and principles of Holocarcy benefit from it. I will use examples to demonstrate the alignment between Holocracy and agile and why ...more »