ITK Podcast #5 : Listen Now 

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In this show Benjamin Mitchell, Karen Rodgers and Kevin Ryan speak with Jurgen Appelo. This interview is another great show from the ITK team and Jurgen shares his thoughts on complexity theory and systems thinking. Jurgen describes how an understanding of these principles can help teams and organisations achieve success with agile practices. Jurgen also talks about the necessity of adapting mainstream agile practices to reach success in your own context and the importance of ‘avoiding dogma’ to become a mature and successful organisation.

Jurgen is author of and is author of the book Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders, which describes the role of the manager in Agile organizations. Jurgen also wrote the mini book How to Change the World, which describes his new supermodel for change management. He is also a speaker who is regularly invited to talk at business seminars and conferences around the world.

Jurgen is co-founder of the Agile Lean Europe network (for Agile & Lean thinkers and practitioners in Europe) and the Stoos Network (focusing on change agents for organizational transformation).

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Yes, but it takes effort.

While I firmly believe nothing beats a team that sits together in the same open-plan room with all the tools, boards, sharpies and biscuits they need, I’ve also seen distributed teams work very well indeed.  I’ve also had some pretty terrible experiences, so I want to share some pointers with you about where to make that extra effort when working with a team that can’t sit together, and where to go the extra mile to make the process as seamless as you can.
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As an agile coach I often work with teams and guide them in the practices of estimation. When assessing the potential effort involved in building a complex I.T. system the team and I will evaluate what estimation techniques will prove suitable for both the dynamics of the team and the technical challenges at hand. Invariably relative point estimation is raised as a potential practice and someone within the team will draw the analogy regarding painting rooms in a house.

The vast majority of people that have been taught relative estimation have probably heard this same analogy. It seems to be a ubiquitous allegory for the estimation of software development and other forms of complex technical implementation.

The Paint My House Agile Estimation Analogy:

Tends to go something like this:

“How long would it take to paint my house?”

The sitting room seems reasonably simple so we’ll give that an estimate of 2 pts.

The kitchen is the same size but more complex due to the plumbing so we will estimate that at 8 pts.

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ITK Podcast #4 : Listen Now 

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In this show Benjamin Mitchell and Kevin Ryan speak with Claudio Perrone aka Agile Sensei. Claudio shares his experiences and offers insight into how A3 thinking has supported teams and business leaders to improve development efficiency and drive positive business change. If you haven’t employed A3 thinking before then this show may provide you with a new technique to support continuous improvement and assist the agile retrospective process.

Claudio is an independent consultant based in Dublin, Ireland, who helps organizations worldwide to achieve phenomenal improvements.

Claudio is a Software architect with over 17 years of commercial experience and a deep understanding of several development methodologies including Scrum/XP and Lean/Kanban. He is an Active contributor in the software development community as writer, international speaker, co-founder of the ALT.NET user group in Dublin and certification board member of IASA Ireland.

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ITK Podcast #3 : Listen Now 

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Show number three from the IT Kanban Podcast. Rachel Davies joins Benjamin, Karen and Kevin to share insights and lessons learnt from over 20 years experience in software development in a variety of roles from software developer to manager. This is a great show and Rachel offers sage advice from one of the most respected agile coaches in the business.

Rachel has supported 50+ agile transitions over the last 9 years working with many well-known companies including Agresso, BBC, Egg, Nokia, Screwfix, and uSwitch. Her work regularly involves working with business stakeholders and senior management to understand driving concerns and collaboratively design a custom Agile lifecycle that fits the company culture.

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