My Agile 2013 Experience – Day 6 of 6

August 26th, 2013

Friday The closing keynote for Agile 2013 was “Why Everyone Needs DevOps Now: A Fourteen Year Study Of High Performing IT Organizations ” by +Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project. (If you haven’t read The Phoenix Project you can download a free 170 page excerpt here.)  This is the second time I have heard Gene give this presentation and […]

My Agile 2013 Experience – Day 5 of 6

August 23rd, 2013

Thursday De-Mystifying Kanban: Understanding Its Many Faces +Al Shalloway Al provided a very thorough and complete explanation of the various flavours of Kanban. He covered: Kanban as a signal Kanban as a Team Development Process Kanban’s Roots in Lean  Scrum as a Manifestation of Lean Lean Kanban University (LKU) Kanban aka The Kanban Method Kanban Thinking […]

My Agile 2013 Experience – Day 4 of 6

August 22nd, 2013

Wednesday When NOT to Have All the Answers: Stop Giving Advice and Start Asking Questions +Judith Mills  and +Christopher Avery  Judith started by telling us about her addiction to giving advice and her realisation: “If I was going to be successful I couldn’t be the expert I had to change the culture. Changing the culture isn’t about […]

My Agile 2013 Experience – Day 3 of 6

August 21st, 2013

Tuesday Agile Metrics: Velocity is NOT the goal +Michael “Doc” Norton  Doc opened by explaining that Velocity is a lagging indicator for a complex system and lagging indicators are good for monitoring trends but are poor predictors of the future. He advocated the use of standard deviation in forecasting velocity, noting: “The Business won’t like this […]

My Agile 2013 Experience – Day 2 of 6

August 20th, 2013

Monday I missed Monday morning’s keynote to attend the Executive Forum. In hindsight, the Executive Forum was not the best use of my time and hence I decided to spend the remainder of my day checking out sessions from the main conference. The Keynote, “Coding for America: How Agile and Lean are disrupting government — […]


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