Episode 111: M&Mailbag

peanutmmCraig and Renee, sitting in a shoe-box sized hotel room in Sydney eating peanut M&Ms, decided to rustle through the mailbag and answer a bunch of outstanding questions.

Note: this episode is not sponsored or endorsed by M&Ms but we certainly enjoy their product!

Crossing The Chasm

  • more and more organisations seem to be crossing the chasm to Agile, but too many are still just doing and not being Agile
  • inimal viable product (MVP) is still the trend word, the next stage is Minimal Viable Experience and then Minimal Viable Robustness to Minimal Marketable Product and finally Continuously Evolving Product
  • Enterprise Transformation Meta Model
  • Agile is a true north concept, not sure that you will ever get there

Suggested reading list on where to start with Agile:

What certification should a new Scrum Master get:

Building your own scaled framework

  • Holacracy and Reinventing Organizations
  • need to answer questions around ensuring quality, growing capability, benefits realisation, etc…
  • at what level do the questions need to be answered
  • Minimal Viable Organisations
  • scale on the operational cadence of the problems of the organisation, not following a framework
  • how often do we check that our approach is meeting our needs

Visualising business analysis in a Scrum team

  • 3 Amigos approach
  • call it what it is if you’re sprint length is longer than it is
  • focus more on Kanban flow

Reading List

  • Renee is reading about climate change (and how that applies to Agile) including “This Changes Everything” by Naomi Klein
  • Craig is reading “CTRL-SHIFT” by  Jessie Shternshus and Mike Bonifer

TheAgileRevolution-111 (71 minutes)

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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)