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?
In this lightning talk, Craeg Strong describes a Continuous Delivery/DevOps implementation for a mission-critical Criminal Justice system running Microsoft .NET technologies. While Continuous Delivery has made inroads for web-based applications, it is relatively new and unfamiliar for traditional Microsoft desktop applications. The talk will describe how the starting technology stack (TFS, TFSBuild, File System, SharePoint, ...more »
Humor, when used properly, can add levity to a heated conversation and allow teams to work through tough situations in unexpected ways. This presentation will explore ways a Scrum Master (or any team member, for that matter) can add humor to those humorless times and bring out the best work in others.
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 »
The IBM PureApplication team adopted the Spotify agile process in 2014. Since our initial adoption, we have made additional changes based on feedback and best practice. This discussion will talk about the rationale and expectations behind the initial reorganization, the challenges faced through multiple product releases and a large global development team, and the value that was recognized. Finally, a review of the most ...more »
Elegantly decoupled, scalable, and easy-to-deploy applications are the hallmarks of a '12 Factor App'. The 12 Factor App approach technically empowers corporations to deliver new features or content with speed and confidence. Big corporations, are mimicking startups by transforming their business in the 'cloud'. Not just with their technology, but with their whole team approaches - technical and non technical. This ...more »
Decide -- Start Small or go all in to transition to Agile -- Learn why each approach has its merits.
Summary It’s weakness to want predictions, to be at mercy of fortune tellers. Outline Anchor’s operate unintentionally and work even when people are forewarned. Estimates anchor and concentrate benefits near the estimate value. In this Pecha Kecha talk I present reasons why the best-benefit outcome is concentrated near the estimated value, irrespective of whether the work gets done sooner or later than estimated value. ...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 »
Elinor Ostrom was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Economics for her eight design principles for sustainably managing shared resources. These principles have since been successfully applied to self-organized governance systems to create effective communication, internal trust and reciprocity, This talk will show how these principles can be applied self-managing Agile teams to engage with enterprise stakeholders . ...more »
I was listening to an interview with a well known DJ years ago. The interviewer has asked the DJ what kind of music would he enjoy listening to. The DJ responded that he wouldn't enjoy listening to music anymore. He used to enjoy music before becoming a DJ. Now that he became a DJ, he had to listen to all kind of music and in many genres. He needed to do that to be able to energize the crowd that he was playing music ...more »
Our world is awash in technical debt. This is a tough problem and one that will at some point, if it hasn't already, result in catastrophe. As an agile coach and trainer I spend a large amount of time and effort helping people unlearn poor programming practices. And many of these poor practices were framed as 'best practices' when they learned to code. This is wasteful. I want to share my ideas on how to solve this. ...more »