Episode 166: A Trip Down Agile Memory Lane with Jeff Smith

Craig and Tony are at Agile Australia in Melbourne and talk to their former leader Jeff Smith, EVP and COO at World Fuel Services and former CEO of Suncorp Business Services:

  • Australian Agile journey took him from Telstra, to a small startup and then to Suncorp, and later IBM and World Fuel Services
  • Scale of thought is more important than scale of people
  • The Suncorp Agile Academy was born out of the fact that learning matters, but the idea was for other companies to create content that could be shared in the Agile community which did not happen
  • Suncorp Building Quality In program
  • It all comes down to great people and working through problem
  • It’s hard for companies to build great leaders that are interested in building great teams
  • Jeff Smith keynote “Leading an Agile Company
  • Availability is not a skillset
  • Thinking from a team point of view is important – at World Fuel for example, the MTR dropped 80% due to this approach
  • Don’t waste time on people who don’t want to follow what you want to do
  • Most companies surround themselves with the companies being disrupted, not the disruptors – need to work with people and companies who want to change the game
  • You learn a lot from being around better people
  • For ANZ, the key to their Agile journey has been that CEO Shayne Elliott was willing to spend time outside the organisation and learn
  • You need to be structured to support end to end cross functional teams formed around the work – the structure of the team matters
  • The next disruption is the physical versus virtual world, in particular what happens to things like networking appliances
  • It’s easy when something is new to find ways to shut it down, its harder to keep it going

TheAgileRevolution-166 (33 minutes)

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Episode 133: Rules Are For Pussies!

Craig and Renee are both in Sydney and catch up around the kitchen table to discuss a bunch of things happening in the Agile universe:

TheAgileRevolution-133 (76 minutes)

Episode 77: Agile Australia 2014 Vox Pop #2

AgileAus2014At Agile Australia 2014 in Melbourne, Craig and Renee grab the microphone again and wander the conference foyer in one of the breaks looking for interesting people in the Australian Agile community to ask them about what they are working on and their views of the conference.

The people they harassed include:

  • Tyson Nutt – believes giving teams empowerment is part of the core of strong Agile teams, Rachel Botsman on disruption was a highlight
  • Stephanie BySouth – enjoyed seeing new speakers and attendees and that we are taking agile outside of IT, looking to bring collaborative innovation into the space, co-organiser of Agile Coaching Circles Melbourne
  • Dipesh Pala – IBM is realising we don’t do Agile to our clients, we do Agile with our clients, spoke on how leaders can recognise the humans in our teams
  • Chris Chan – holocracy and the concept of no managers is pushing the boundaries, co-organiser of Agile Coaching Circles Melbourne, stream chair of Agile Australia 2014
  • Neil Killick, Simon Bristow and Alexandre Barreto – Red Bubble is building their Agile development shop in Melbourne, MYOB are a large Agile shop in Melbourne, good lean startup feel running through the conference, #noestimates the book may come sometime soon (or not)

TheAgileRevolution-77 (19 minutes)

Episode 29: Offshoring at IBM

IBMCraig, Tony and Renee talk about the news Scrum Inc style, discuss the coolness of Lego for reporting, chat about Net-Map and discuss the state of IBM.

Quotes:

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new” – Albert Einstein

“The greatest waste is failure to use the abilities of people. Learn their frustrations and contributions they’re eager to make” – Deming

TheAgileRevolution-29 (43 minutes)