Episode 158: Jugaad Agility with Naresh Jain

Craig is at YOW! Lambda Jam in Sydney and speaks with Naresh Jain, co-founder of the Agile Software Community of India (organising body of Agile India), conference organiser of many other software conferences in India and creator of ConfEngine and they chat about:

  • The original Test Infected article
  • Cruise Control started as an idea to write a cron job to check out code, compile and run tests
  • Without good processes and tools the individuals and interactions become much harder
  • Agile India conference – running since 2005, one of the earliest Agile conferences
  • Agile is a given way to do things, but we are still not seeing the benefits – need to build capability in user first / product thinking, need autonomy to deliver end-to-end customer value (startups within a startup), need to build a learning culture and expert people / craftsmanship and need to focus on continuous delivery
  • Modern Agile (and Naresh’s input into the original article)
  • Indian Agile community – a lot of interesting work happening in the FinTech space and startup in spaces such as health and messaging, a move towards innovation centres from cost centres
  • YOW! West talk “Setting up Continuous Delivery Pipeline for a Large-Scale Mobile App
  • Code is a liability, need to focus on the problem we are trying to solve rather than perfect code or an over-complicated safety net, allows you to throw away code more easily, frequently and willingly
  • Testing through dogfooding – want to be able to fix things faster rather than safeguard and guess what might break
  • As thought leaders it is our responsibility to challenge our own beliefs, otherwise we stagnate
  • Agility is how you think about the situation around you and be opportunistic about it
  • What is the least I can do to make some progress today – Indian word Jugaad (get away with it)

TheAgileRevolution-158 (53 minutes)

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Episode 14: Quoting Agile, Lean & Kanban

Quotable KanbanCraig, Tony and Renee talk about Lean Startups, Tony’s Agile training in India and great places to work, discuss Quotable Kanban and solve a listener problem, all in 50 minutes!

Renee also mentioned Kanban by David J. Anderson, Craig mentioned Kanban and Scrum: Making The Most of Both by Henrik Kniberg and Tony not to be outdone mentioned Lean From The Trenches (Beta) by Henrik Kniberg

Problem Bag:

We have a Product Mgr who’s supportive of Agile in theory, but wont do the work we need him to do. How do we manage that? eg not being available for to discuss stories (often away) & the highest priority work is the customer who screams loudest… rather than product progression, we do a lot of tweaks & minor bug fixes. Yes we do showcases, after each 2 wk sprint. Alternatively, is that a problem, or are we as a team expecting too much? (just to turn it around!) 🙂 – Phil Kan

Quotes:

“”I’m going to the restroom. Do you need anything from there?” (but in my mind I was thinking I was headed to the kitchen!) #CEOQuoteOfTheDay @sumaya”

TheAgileRevolution-14 (51 minutes)