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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