Sometimes as software developers we think that if we build a good product, the users will like it. It is not however not always so easy and you have to communicate well about it, especially if you follow an Agile approach and are looking for instant and valuable feedback from your demo. In this article, Esena Gusic shares some of the tricks she uses as a product owner when delivering a product demo during the Scrum sprint review.
Many Agile coaches are former software developers, some are not. But when technology moves on, well known Agile approaches can be challenged. Applying the Agile approach of vertical story slicing on microservices is one such example. This talk explains on how as Agile coaches we can coach in technical areas where technology may have moved on, thus challenging the perceived coaching approaches to helping teams become self-organising.
Lean Kanban France is a two-day conference focused on the Lean and Kanban Agile approaches to project management that takes place in Paris, France. Presentations are in French and English.
TastyCupcakes is a community-run site that presents games, techniques and approaches that could be used by Agile coaches and ScrumMasters.
This talks discusses 7 deadly sins of software development, specifically relevant for Agile teams. It’s pretty clear when you fail as a start-up, where you and your friend invested last savings. The product is not ready or just doesn’t get sold, the money’s gone, you open LinkedIn to search for a job suitable for an “experienced software engineer with entrepreneurial background”. It is way more tricky in a big company with a well-established product.
If the title of this book is a clear reference to the current trendy approach in software development, readers should be aware the that most important part is maybe in the subtitle “Systems Thinking and Organizational Legacy”. Not that Agile minds will be disappointed by reading it, but this book discusses the more important fact that from time to time software developers tries to adopt a new set of best practices and most of the time they fail.
An important part of agile leadership is improving communication between people. M. Spayd and M. Hamman are talking about shifting from directive – “managing for results” leadership style to catalysing – “designing environments that create results” style. Lyssa Adkins recommends avoiding asking ”Why don’t you…?” questions when coaching, as being too offensive.