In this previously lost and unreleased podcast from 2012 (we found it on a SD card that was thought to be lost forever), Craig catches up with Sandy Mamoli at Agile 2012 in Dallas, Texas and chat about Personal Kanban and how everything is bigger in Texas. It’s amazing how much hasn’t changed in this time!
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
Agile as a word has become meaningless, don’t follow the off-the-shelf processes, apply small corrections to move forward
Story of Stone Soup is like Agile consultancies, the hard work is done by the companies
Scrum is a good starting point due to its simplicity
Raccoon is a noun, so not a good replacement name for Agile, because you can buy a pound of it
1,000 working on one thing can never be Agile, you have to make enterprises agile before you can run an agile project
The values in the Agile Manifesto hold up well, would have been nice to have had more diversity, had no expectation they were going to create something so significant
The Agile Manifesto was a reaction to the problems in development at the time, maybe something new is required, it would be a tragic mistake to create Agile Manifesto 2.0, we need to ask what is more relevant today to express our frustrations
Agile is a fundamental way of thinking about doing stuff, that’s why it’s important to understand why we are doing it
The Pragmatic Bookshelf was accidental by saying the dreaded words “how hard could this be”, the strength is knowing nothing about publishing, everything was automated unlike traditional publishers and still runs with 2 main employees, now storyboard books like a movie as the reader is on a learning journey
Ruby has a future, but it needs to distinguish itself as a fantastic general purpose programming language, the community is still very friendly and innovative
The emphasis and dogma around testing is off-putting, the amount of effort around many tests are not moving people forward
Craig 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
“Management does not know what a system is” – Deming
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small, manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one” – Mark Twain
Try micro-handoffs, pairing, not logging bugs to help dev-tester workflow, prevent mini waterfall @bobgalen#STPSummit