Episode 87: Coffee From The Trenches with Henrik Kniberg

Henrik KnibergRenee and Craig catch up with Henrik Kniberg at Scrum Australia 2014 where he tries coffee for the first time in ten years at the Paramount Coffee Project (the best coffee in Sydney according to Renee). Apart from getting his verdict on the brew, they also talk about:

  • First time back in Australia in a long time to keynote at Scrum Australia 2014
  • Craig’s interview “Henrik Kniberg on Lean From The Trenches, Translating the Agile Manifesto and Living Agile” from Agile 2012 in Dallas on InfoQ
  • Scrum and XP From The Trenches” and how the book was written in 3 days
  • Ivory Tower Syndrome – you can get good at describing crap in a believable way if you don’t have connections to reality
  • Kanban and Scrum: Making The Most of Both
  • Spotify – 25 coaches with 25 pet approaches, the culture and the fundamentals in each cross functional team is the same, the purpose of organisations is not make life easy for the manager, it is to make it possible to deliver and learn fast
  • Tradeoffs – consistency vs flexibility in tools such as version control at Spotify
  • Spotify culture – started with Scrum, was fundamentally healthy, created by the mindset of the founders and the first few people
  • Spotify succeeded because the people who work there are passionate about making a great product – making a product where they also the customer – the new problem is keeping empathy for new users
  • Renee still buys CDs apparently!
  • Spotify is focussed on growth not profit – optimise for users loving the product – there will ultimately be one big player
  • Scaling Agile @ Spotify with Tribes, Squads, Chapters & Guilds” paper and “Spotify Engineering Culture Part 1” and Spotify Engineering Culture Part 2” videos
  • Scaling Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches – gradual ramp up since 2010, each coach has 2-3 squads, coaches are culure workers (a good example of investing in coaches)
  • On coaches, Spotify has shown it is probably harder to multitask roles than teams
  • Crisp – balance of independence versus freedom, runtime environment for consultants
  • Oath of Non Allegience – come to companies with toolboxes – how they work and which one is appropriate for the environment
  • Need some relation to the craft of the team as a coach – need to be open to blindspots
  • Henrik’s verdict on the the coffee… no spoilers, you will need to listen!

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Episode 86: Sticky Notes and Agile Stuff

The Agile Revolution RocksRenee sets the tone for the Podcast, talking sticky notes and a great new app Post it plus by 3m and tests them live on the podcast .

This week the team talk about :

  • Are performance reviews a waste of time ? Review from the Business insider
  • @agilescout Remove your constraints article piques Tony’s interest and then ends up with a debate around star treks relevance
  • Renee interrupts to provide the results of her tests with the sticky notes app

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https://twitter.com/neil_killick/status/537150511107940353 https://twitter.com/drunkcod/status/519030634162167809

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Episode 85: Scrum Australia 2014 Vox Pop

ScrumAusTony and a sometimes over-modulated Craig (with Renee popping up from time to time) roam the floor at lunchtime at Scrum Australia in Sydney and talk to some interesting Scrum folks along the way about their thoughts on the conference and the Scrum community in general:

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Episode 84: Retrospectives in Middle Earth with Rachael Tempest Wood

P1020445Rachael Tempest Wood from Nomad8 in Wellington joins Tony and Craig in the Brisbane Queen Street Mall over lunch with a bonus busker on saxophone and they discuss:

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Episode 83: Making Impacts with Gojko Adzic

GojkoAdzicGojko Adzic “does computers” which means he helps people deliver software and he caught up with Craig on a recent YOW! DepthFirst tour of Australia. Gojko is the author of numerous books including “Bridging The Communication Gap“, “Specification by Example“, “Impact Mapping” and “50 Quick Ideas to Improve Your User Stories“.

  • XP – started with “Extreme Programming Explained” which was really about developers ruling the world – XP is not dead, it won!
  • TDD has crossed the chasm to mainstream
  • Sturgeons Law – 90% of anything is going to be crap
  • Continuous integration and automation has opened up a world of possibilities
  • “Bridging the Communication Gap” – about finding ways to break dysfunctional processes in organisations
  • Agile Testing” by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory
  • The most valuable companies in the world are software companies
  • It’s more about the right people being involved rather than narrowly defined roles
  • “Specification by Example” – a collaborative way of coming up with good requirements and tests involving a cross functional team
  • Pschologically people perceive that tests come after development – in that case you have already failed
  • BDD – no canonical definition, would love BDD and SBE to be the same thing
  • “Impact Mapping” – based on a Swedish interaction design process – about setting goals and strageies
  • Impact Mapping uptake outside of IT – Marcus Hammarberg on Doctors in Indonesia and Ahmad Fahmy on helping orphanges in Egypt
  • “50 Quick Ideas To Improve Your User Stories” – a lot more to good user stories than just a template
  • Hamburger Slicing – last resort technique for technical story breakdown to think about options for value
  • Product Management is the big missing piece – teams could benefit from doing this better
  • As an industry we produce too much software – need to change the percentage of software that can achieve something big

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Episode 82: The Heckle Revolution

name_col_sq_200Craig joins Darren Rogan, Ben Morgan and Leigh Appel in a special cross over episode with the Hack && Heckle Podcast to talk Agile and preview the upcoming YOW! conference that will be covered by both podcasts.

This episode has been released simulatenously as 088 The Heckle Revolution by Hack && Heckle.

Discussion points included:

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Episode 81: Resetting Agile & Devops with Justin Hennessy

JustinHennessySitting in a sometimes noisy coffee shop on a unusually cold Brisbane day, Craig sits down for a chat with Justin Hennessy, a Scrum Master, Devops and System Administrator all rolled into one!

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