Episode 142: Agile and SSLM at cPrime with Zubin Irani

Craig sits down with Zubin Irani, the CEO of cPrime, at the Agile 2016 conference in Atlanta and chats about:

  • CPrime is the largest Atlassian implementer and platinum partner
  • Need to make sure that ALM products work with your process and support and enable it
  • One of the big gaps in the Coaching world is coaches are staying away from technology – we have to leverage technology
  • SSLM (Software Service Lifeycle Management) – Agile, DevOps and ALM initiatives are fragmented, they need to interact and have dependencies on each other
  • 5 big trends – Agile beyond development, DevOps is taking centre stage, every company is a software company, digital transformation and the talent crunch
  • Agile Hardware – how do you build hardware in a more iterative way, how do we think about hardware and software being built together, how do we think about different about hardware design to support the software process (white paper)
  • The emergence of mobile is driving Agile adoption
  • Tools and process working together will solve problems

TheAgileRevolution-142 (20 minutes)

 

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Episode 107 – Kanban in Action with Marcus Hammarberg

MarcusHammarbergMarcus Hammarberg, co-author of “Kanban in Action” talks with Craig at YOW! West in Perth in a sometimes noisy coffee shop at the Parmelia Hilton Perth:

  • Craig’s quote on the book! “No mucking around … gets to the heart of kanban from the first page. A must-read!”
  • originally from Sweden, now working for The Salvation Army in Indonesia helping them become more effective
  • bitten by the Agile bug by demonstrating something embarrassingly small at the end of a sprint and yet he found the stakeholders were overjoyed at just seeing movement
  • Agile has changed many things that used to manual to be automated, such as testing and deployment, to fit in short cycles
  • Fred George’s talk “Agile Roots: Use JIT to Go Faster” at YOW! West (slides / video)
  • Marcus’ talks at YOW! West “Kanban in Action – A Practical Whirlwind Tour of Kanban” (slides / video) and “Impact Mapping: Drawing is Not the Point” (slides)
  • other books on Kanban include Henrik Kniberg’s “Kanban and Scrum – Making the Most of Both“, and David J. Anderson’s “Kanban” and “Lessons in Agile Management
  • Kanban slides on SlideShare led to writing the book with Manning
  • recommend “The Goal” by Eli Goldratt, the content is boring but the intriguing story keeps you reading
  • Kanban is trustworthy due to its principles: start where you are, limit the work in process, manage flow from idea to production
  • sprint is a crazy word, when running a physical marathon you should keep a pace that allows you to continue a conversation
  • slack will always occur, so plan for it, idle people is OK, we sell ideas not keystrokes per minute
  • “you can’t be more productive than not delivering a feature” – John Smart
  • recommended books include “Turn The Ship Around” by David Marquet (also see the TED talk) and “Reinventing Organizations” by Frederic Laloux
  • lessons we can learn from IT – simple visualisations, data that makes sense (you can’t improve what you can’t measure), be transparent on what is being worked on and meeting every day
  • not an Agile Coach but a Social Worker

TheAgileRevolution-107 (42 minutes)

 

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!

TheAgileRevolution-87 (40 minutes)

Episode 73: What Made You An Agile Coach?

AgileCoachTony asks a philisophical question , whilst Renee harnesses her nineties pop star – Ice Ice Baby and Craig marvels at Tony’s  cool intro – probably the coolest intro he’s done since the eighties.

The Agile Revolution – 73 (54.21)

Episode 68: Together Again Like Peas & Carrots

peascarrotsCan you believe it ! Yes it’s a real Forest Gump moment, the revolutionists are finally back together again just like peas and carrots . They are back to their best discussing :

The Agile Revolution-68 (53 minutes)

Episode 67: A Boys Night Out

boysnightoutCraig and Tony take the opportunity in Renee’s absence to talk about the year that was , conferences and workshops attended and generally cover all things Agile: 

Twitter Quotes: @RonJeffries, @WendyAppell, @drunkcod

The Agile Revolution-67 (60 minutes)

Episode 66: Agile Coaching with Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd

Michael-Craig-LyssaAt YOW 2013 in Sydney, Craig, Renee and Jeremie Benazra catch up with Lyssa Adkins, author of “Coaching Agile Teams” and Michael Spayd, both Agile Coaches at the Agile Coaching Institute and chew the fat on:

  • What is Agile?
  • Lyssa’s “Coaching Agile Teams” book
  • The difficulties in being an Agile Coach
  • The XP Coach
  • Coaching as a more mature version of leadership
  • Where professional coaching fits into Agile Coaching
  • Why Agile Coaches are sought after whereas general organisational coaching is less prevalent
  • The training of managers and its impact on mindsets
  • Michael’s “Coaching the Agile Enterprise” book
  • Team coaches vs enterprise coaches – what is the difference
  • Scrum Mastering an enterprise transformation
  • ICAgile
  • How to teach a pig to sing
  • The coaching oath of non-allegiance
  • Certified Scrum Coach versus ICAgile Coach
  • The myriad of skill sets needed as an Agile Coach
  • Agile Management
  • Agile Coach as term and riding waves
  • Agile Coaching resources

The Agile Revolution-66 (47 minutes)