Episode 131: Program Management Envato Style with Adrian Fittolani

Renee, Tony and Craig are at Agile Australia and sit down with Adrian Fittolani from Envato and discuss program management and monte carlo simulations. Renee also makes an estimate that is super accurate!

  • Envato – a marketplace for creative assets
  • Lisa Frazier talk at Agile Australia “Leadership in the Digital World
  • utilise bottom up program management at Envato, they have 4 main themes as a company and use self organising themes to meet those themes
  • had to evolve from co-located teams as could not find local resources, they now have any person working in any team wherever they are and make that work, they try to keep teams in close timezones and use asynchronous communication tools, have a policy to work anywhere and additionally a policy to travel and work from anywhere in the world for 3 months
  • the teams responsibility is to radiate program status, currently using a short document with a timeline view
  • launch wall for important items kicking off in the next 2 weeks – helps eliminate surprises
  • project is where more than one team is involved, form a circle around the project (like holacracy)
  • Renee and Craig’s talk at Agile Australia “Coaching Nightmares: Insights We Can Learn from Gordon Ramsay
  • Adrian’s talk at Agile Australia “Better Project Forecasts without Estimates – The Monte Carlo
  • monte carlo simulation- replace subjective estimation techniques that most projects use and rather use a lean approach of takt time to model a project teams delivery
  • takt time – the drumbeat, the time it takes for a process to deliver to another process (e.g. how often a car comes off the production line or how often a story is delivered)
  • value of monte carlo is that it is non-subjective as well as allowing you to decide on the spread of risk you are prepared to take
  • Adrian’s article “Agile Project Forecasting – The Monte Carlo Method” and the associated link to the Takt Time Project Simulation spreadsheet

TheAgileRevolution-131 (28 minutes)

 

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Episode 7: PMOs and Insert Fibonacci Sequence Here

FibonacciToday’s podcast with Tony, Renee and Charles as our guest whilst Craig is furiously doing podcasts direct from Agile 2011, cover the following topics:

Quotes:

 “I’m a snowflake” – Charles Randles

“DFWTWTITOW – Dont F* With This We Tried It The Other Way” – Alistair Cockburn

“I see dead code”

“Everyone wants to be Agile and too few people want to do it”

“Stop trying to standardize, there is no ‘one true way’ of developing software” 

“For Scrum to work you don’t just need management buy-in, but management leading”

“Kent Beck originally called stories stories because they were meant to be heard”

“You don’t solve problems with design documentation you solve them with elegant solutions”

“Agile is also about moving from a problem oriented culture to a solution oriented organisation”

TheAgileRevolution-7 (48 minutes)