Episode 147: YOW! Speaker Vox Pop with Woody Zuill, Paul Rayner, Laura Bell, John Lamping and Andrea Burbank

Craig and Tony are at YOW! Conference in Brisbane and wander around the hallways talking to different speakers and some attendees and volunteers:

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Episode 146: Agile, Architecture and Technology with Rebecca Parsons

Tony and Craig are at YOW! Conference in Brisbane and catch up with Rebecca Parsons, the Chief Technology Officer at ThoughtWorks and the co-author of “Building Evolutionary Architectures: Support Constant Change” and chat about the following:

  • Rebecca’s keynote talk at YOW! “The Past and Future of Evolutionary Architecture
  • Evolutionary Architecture is the next stage on applying Agile practices to software development at the systems level and be able to respond to changes in the environment that affect the architecture
  • Need to determine for your system what constitutes good, fitness functions are the documentation and tests to ensure your system meets those characteristics
  • Need to move the needle on architecture, need to develop tools and techniques to decompose the role
  • Agile Alliance is looking at what it means to truly be an international organisation (there are now affiliates in Brazil and New Zealand), expanding conferences from the large North American conference to OnAgile and Deliver:Agile and member initiatives to support local events such as Agile Open Space, Agile Conference Sponsorship, Community Group Support Initiative and Speaker Reimbursement
  • YOW! CTO Summit talk “The CTO is Dead: Long Live the CTO
  • CTO role is more now to set technical direction by setting up communication channels to mine insights that can be rolled out and presented to the market
  • ThoughtWorks Tech Radar started as a hot technology list of what ThoughtWorkers would love to work on, became a visual radar that is now released twice a year, starts with 250-300 items and they try to get it down to 100 items, something will fade after being in the adopt ring more than twice, the radar is also available as an open source tool or radar as a service
  • Women leave technology at double the rate as men leave technology, mostly because they are not treated well in the environment
  • Anita Borg Institute Top Company for Women Technologists award
  • What does it mean to be Agile in new technologies like machine learning and data science?

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Episode 145: Working Effectively with (Legacy) Code with Michael Feathers

Craig is in Atlanta at Agile 2016 and catches up with Michael Feathers, author of “Working Effectively with Legacy Code” and they talk about the following:

  • Working Effectively with Legacy Code originally started as a book about Test First Programming but morphed into a book about the techniques for refactoring code in legacy systems
  • The Pinned Progress Curve – for many people there is no incentive to change so the mean gets larger between the status quo and good practices
  • Agile Alliance Deliver:Agile conference
  • Organisations that have technical founders have a very different character to their work internally, need to make knowledge of the quality of software more pervasive – the business need to understand more about the technical side, and the developers need to understand more about the business
  • Code that has excessive error handling typically has other design problems – benefit in thinking about whether certain things should be treated as errors or not
  • Entropy happens in all systems, including code, so technical debt is not a surprise, need to make the case for hygiene, putting a dollar amount on technical debt does not add much value
  • Use low impact probing to determine whether code is dead
  • Potsel’s Law – an implementation should be conservative in its sending behaviour, and liberal in its receiving behaviour
  • State of quality is improving and there is more recognition to build quality in
  • Property based testing is becoming more prevalent as we move from object oriented to functional languages
  • Holacracy was designed by a software person, Sociocracy talks about applying democratic principles to governance, these are all interesting experiments
  • It can be hard to recognise if something is intrinsically difficult or not something you are familiar with
  • We weren’t really battling waterfall, it was the lack of any process at all…

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Episode 144: Mob Programming & #noestimates with Woody Zuill

Craig is at Agile 2016 in Atlanta and catches up with his old friend Woody Zuill to talk about Mob Programming and #noestimates

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Episode 143: One Last Jam with The “Dude” David Hussman

The Agile community recently lost its friend and one of its most inspirational members in David Hussman. Craig and Tony were privileged to speak to him in one of his last interviews at YOW! Conference in Brisbane.

  • David Hussman’s YOW! 2017 talk “Learning in Product: How Wrong are You Ready to Be?”
  • Extreme Programming Explained” is Agile’s White Album, just don’t read it backwards!
  • We make stuff up in software too much, rather than learning from the past and patterns
  • You can’t look at code and tell it is going to be a good experience and we don’t know our ideas are going to be great until we interact with them
  • The tenth principle – simplicity is essential
  • A good developer needs confidence and war wounds, same for Product Managers – they have shipped something crappy and don’t want to do that again
  • Cardboard User Story Mapping app
  • The Shallot (The Onion’s little brother)
  • Craig’s InfoQ interview with David Hussman
  • Dude’s Law – Value = Why / How, when how equals zero you get infinite value
  • Nonban – the least amount of process with the most real and measurable value
  • First follow the product, then follow the process
  • Product Discovery – you need a discovery cadence and a delivery cadence, we need product engineers as much as software engineers
  • Alan Cooper “You listen to what people say, but you don’t necessarily do it”
  • There is not enough written about how products are delivered well across multiple teams
  • We need more clever visualisations in our tools
  • We don’t need more UX designers, we need more people with UX skills
  • Interactions cut across stories – interaction driven design
  • Chaos engineering – moving beyond resilience to intuition, feels like the early days of Agile, no judgement just people trying cool things
  • ProductAgility.org website

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Episode 141: Agile Coaching with a Latin Touch with Martin Alaimo

Craig is sitting by the pool at the Agile 2016 conference and chats to Martin Alaimo who is an Agile Coach from Kleer in Buenos Aires and they discuss:

  • South America has a number of language, cultural, economic and business differences between Brazil and the Spanish speaking countries, Agile is starting to go mainstream across many of the countries, collaboration is difficult in countries that have a generation of social and dictatorial government
  • Craig’s talk “Coaching Nightmares: Lessons We Can Learn From Gordon Ramsay
  • Coaching Canvas template – based off the Business Model Canvas to aid coaching conversations using sticky notes to help refocus and keep conversations on track
  • Martin’s workshop with Olaf LewitzPowerful Questions Workshop for Agile Coaches” (and how Craig is garbage at using them on the podcast)
  • His third book “Agile Team Facilitator” which is about the skill of facilitation for Scrum Masters and other leadership roles
  • Martin’s other two books “Agile Projects with Scrum” (Spanish only) and “#HighPerformance Teams” which is about a formula R = R (quality of result is proportional with the quality of relationships)

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Episode 140: Spinning the AgilityHealth Radar with Sally Elatta

Craig sits down with Sally Elatta, Founder and President of Agile Transformation and AgilityHealth at the Agile 2016 Conference in Atlanta and they talk about:

  • First things first, the AgilityHealth discs are not a frisbee!
  • The AgilityHealth vision is to help Agile teams have a consistent way to measure their health and performance and see the results in a visual way and secondly for leadership to understand the cause and effect – the radar opens up a conversation
  • AgilityHealth radars
  • The team radar has five dimensions – leadership, performance, clarify, foundation and culture – a healthy team should have these
  • It is not a survey tool, it is a facilitated retrospective to promote healthy conversation and create an action plan
  • We should be doing tactical retrospectives every sprint, but the missing component is strategic retrospectives once every quarter
  • Business agility relies on having healthy teams
  • Many other radars including Lean Product Health, Technical Health, Scaled Agile Release Train Health and Portfolio Health and Business Agility as well as individual radars for Agile Coach Health, Scrum Master Health and Product Owner Health
  • Larry Maccherone and the SDPI
  • “If you ever use data to punish a team, you will never see the truth again”
  • Craig’s Quality video on the AgilityHealth growth portal
  • AgilityHealth certifications

TheAgileRevolution-140 (19 minutes)