Episode 109 – The Art of Agile Fluency with James Shore

JamesShoreCraig and Tony at the Agile Australia conference sit down with James Shore, best known as for his work as author of “The Art of Agile Development” and co-creator of the Agile Fluency Model and talk about a wide range of Agile topics including:

  • Java Modeling in Color with UML” book mentioned Feature Driven Development (an Australian Agile method!), learnt a valuable lesson to pay attention to the financials and, no matter how much you talk to your customer, seeing is not enough (they need to use it)
  • Extreme Programming Explained“, both editions are the same problem but coming from different experiences with the benefit of seven years of experience
  • the bulk of the “Art of Agile Development” book, particularly section 2, is mostly online, the major thing that probably needs to be updated is the section on customer testing
  • Agile Australia keynote “The Reward”
  • language hunting – there are multiple levels of language proficiency and you can be fluent at any one of them – proficiency is good, but to be really good you need fluency
  • Agile Fluency whitepaper
  • the agile fluency model is not a maturity model, it is about finding the right bus stop
  • Marick’s Missing Manifesto (the things missing from the manifesto) – skill, discipline, ease and joy
  • fluency comes more from the organisational investment than the team, so if you are not seeing fluency look at the organisation first
  • one star is doing Scrum well – with dedicated effort in 2-6 weeks, two stars with mentorship in 3-9 months, three stars takes a lot longer
  • the model is aspirational, so the barriers are high
  • Gamasutra Games Outcomes Project
  • next steps for the model is to share the diagnostics with organisations to help teams compare, contrast and grow
  • “Bloody Stupid Johnson Teaches Agile” with Arlo Belshee
  • the model will work regardless of the method used, its a way of looking at where you are at and not how you do it
  • we should take anybody who fits into the values of the Agile Manifesto
  • Let’s Code JavaScript” started as a Kickstarter, now 300+ episodes
  • Quixote project allows you to test drive CSS and refactor it

TheAgileRevolution-109 (43 minutes)

Episode 70: Hello Is This Thing On?

IsThisThingOnCraig, Renee and Tony catch up again and discuss the wonderfully diverse world of Agile :

The Agile Revolution – 70   (65 minutes)

Episode 69: DevOps with Michael Nygard

Michael NygardAt YOW 2013 in Sydney, Craig and Renee catch up with Michael Nygard and discuss the world of DevOps including:

  • Michael’s book “Release it!: Design and Deploy Production Ready Software
  • What DevOps really is
  • The values of DevOps and its relationship to the Agile Manifesto
  • Could DevOps have occurred without Agile?
  • How much of Release it is still holding well?
  • Anti-patterns in DevOps (eg. a separate DevOps group)
  • Cognitect and Closure
  • Development is production
  • Where does ITIL fit in with DevOps?
  • Why Problem Management may no longer be relevant
  • How good are we really in DevOps?

You can contact Michael on twitter at @mtnygard or at the Think Relevance Blog.

The Agile Revolution-69 (28 minutes)

Episode 59: #NOestimates with Neil Killick

@neilkillickTony and Kim Ballestrin have a chat with Neil Killick whilst at Agile Australia 2013 in Sydney and talk about:

  • The origins of the #NOestimates hashtag
  • Agile with a small ‘a’ – going for agility and not a process
  • Neil’s journey into Agile
  • The link between health and the values & principles of Agile
  • The manifesto
  • Embracing change
  • Safe to fail
  • How changing our language can change our culture
  • Expectations management through range provisioning
  • Understanding real constraints

TheAgileRevolution-59 (33 minutes) 

Episode 58: Don’t Drink and Podcast!

Beer CheersCraig and Renee are in Sydney and dangerously podcast after Renee’s one (1) drink and Craig’s two (2) drinks. Along the way they fumble over the following topics:

Quotes:

TheAgileRevolution-58 (55 minutes)

Episode 49: Merry Manifesto Madness with Alistair Cockburn

AlistairCockburnCraig and Renee lob around to Tony’ abode to interview his house guest, Alistair Cockburn. Alistair spends time:

  • denying a K Stew affair
  • answering what brings him to Australia
  • plugging his fantastic Advanced Agile Course
  • presenting his thoughts on where Agile is going
  • answering how the Agile Manifesto has shifted and whether the last line should be shifted earlier
  • talking about the simplicity principle
  • explaining the difficulty of Agile Organisational transformations
  • answering whether transformation that succeed better can be big-bang or have to evolve
  • discussing the sticky middle management layer where transformations become hard
  • ponderings on what is happening in the ICAgile space
  • generally taking the p*ss out of Renee, Tony and Craig

You can contact Alistair Cockburn for any work opportunities or Advanced Agile Training on totheralistair@gmail.com or totheralistair@aol.com.

You can contact Renee for any work opportunities or Agile 101 Training at renee@theagilerevolution.com.

Special thanks to Tony’s wattle bird in the background!

TheAgileRevolution-49 (48 minutes)