Archive for August, 2011

#agile2011 @kevlinhenney keynote

August 12, 2011

[Updated on further reflection – originally published 8/12 10:21 am)

Now I’d like to reflect a bit on Kevlin Henney’s excellent keynote.  People didn’t ask so many questions at the end, but as I heard from people around me, his talk was a lot to absorb and operated on many different levels (makes me think of Alistair’s Jazz conversations).  He challenged some of the fundamental assumptions that had been at work throughout the week.  These have to do with “value” as a motivator for workers and whether or not we learn from failures, as the “fail fast” methodologies seem to imply.

Kevlin began his talk saying it was about Code and then talking about how Code reveals itself when it breaks.  Below is an image of broken code on a sign in the Madrid airport.

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The second level this operated on for me is that sometimes in failures people reveal themselves.  Look at the failure closely and you learn much more about what that software object, or, that person, is constructed of.

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2011 afternoon with @PeteBehrens on Creating Agile Culture

August 11, 2011

I attended this very interesting session with Pete Behrens from Trail Ridge Consulting.  Really liked this session.

I liked that he first he asked who we are ( what level) and what session we liked.  He wanted to get an idea of who he was talking to.  I was the only manager in the audience!!  He did something very useful which was identify particular companies as having these cultures and then talk about how this works.

The main point of this talk was to use analysis of the culture of a business and figure out, from there, what Agile tools might be appropriate and maybe how to influence change within the culture itself.

Here is his deck – my notes follow.

What we do to succeed…

Culture is to an organization is like personality is to a person.
– shared within an organization and developed over years (more…)

2011 running into @totherAlistair and following that thread for my 11 am session

August 11, 2011

Alistair seems to just sort of flow with stuff. This is a bit of a story about jumping into the river with Alistair.

I ran into him in the hallway, asked him for an ICAgile tee-shirt and he invited me into a conversation he was having with Drew, a consultant who focuses on using improv techniques as an Agile coach. Instead of retiring into formality, and propriety (my safe spot), the conversation continued into the hall as Alistair invited us both to his room to get ICAgile tee-shirts. On the way, as we three flowed through the river of people, we stopped so Alistair could hug and meet all sorts of folks, flowing the conversation as we went. (more…)

2011 Agile Conference – Creativity Session – Al Shalloway Session

August 11, 2011

I am finding this session to be too basic for someone like me – better for programmers, I would guess. Decided to bail out and go to Al Shalloway Session.

Moved to Al Shalloway session – Jim Highsmith appeared making me feel validated, a bit, but he ran out. I am guessing to Jeff Sutherland session. I am not going to that because, well, I have attended amazing Jeff Sutherland sessions. (more…)