Interview with Jonathan Smart

Interview with Jonathan Smart

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself? I am leading on better Ways of Working across Barclays, a bank which is 327 years old, with 120,000 employees in 40 countries operating in a highly regulated industry. This includes the application of agile, lean, DevOps, flow, Lean UX, customer at centre, servant leadership, and so on, at scale, in order to deliver ‘Better Value Faster, Safer, Happier’.   Our focus is whole enterprise agility, end to end, not just agile in IT. This includes HR, internal audit, real estate, legal, etc.   We have and are implementing agility at scale across a diverse and complex organisation. One size does not fit all. I am a practitioner, having been applying agile principles and practices since the early 1990s, before it was called agile, spending the first part of my career as a developer on the trading floor in investment banking. This was a naturally agile environment, co-located with the customers, with ‘flow’: small iterations of work, fast feedback, small teams, all knowing the value stream in depth. Results were seen quickly. Later in my career, running business line IT departments, I’ve led many agile transformations in order to deliver better business outcomes. It’s awesome to now be servant leader on agility across a large, complex, old, diverse organisation. Lots of learning, which I will share. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I will start with sharing my top learnings from the organisational transformation to deliver Better Products Faster Safer Happier. Things that I wish I’d known about 3 years ago when we started. I will also share...
Interview with Klaus Leopold

Interview with Klaus Leopold

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself? I am computer scientist and Kanban pioneer with many years of experience in helping organizations from different industries on their improvement journey with Lean and Kanban. My main interest is establishing business agility in a very lean and inexpensive way by improving organizations beyond the team level, especially in large environments from 50 to 5000 people. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? My talk is basically a case study about an Agile transition of about 600 people. They introduced Agile methods across the organization but no significant improvement could be seen, although almost all teams were using Agile methods. I will give answers why this is, what we did to improve the performance and what I would do if I would have to choice to start at the beginning. The whole topic is about local sub optimizing an organization by using a team focused approach. That’s what I see in so many Agile transitions where loads of money is burnt without any significant improvements. I love this topic because using a different approach would be so simple! Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? Learn pitfalls of Agile transitions so that you can avoid it in your situation. Learn what you can do when you are in an Agile transition which is on the wrong track. Learn how to get business agility in a very lean way with very low budget compared to classical Agile transitions. Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations that are transitioning to agile? Optimize...
Interview with Jeff Gothelf

Interview with Jeff Gothelf

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself? I am a coach and consultant working in the lean and agile space. I’ve written 2 books – Lean UX and Sense & Respond. I spend most of my times working companies helping them build better product development teams and organizations. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? Scaling Lean in large enterprises. This topic is a key sticking point for most large organizations. They can get small teams to work together and experiment and learn but how do you scale that up to 50 or 500 teams? This talk will address this. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? Understanding that there are key principles, not necessarily processes, that are required for strong agile and lean growth in organizations. Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations that are transitioning to agile? Stick to the values, avoid blink adherence to the recipes. Q: How do you see the evolution of agile in the future? I hope it ends up simply as “the way we work” as opposed to a branded thing. Collaboration, customer-centricity and continuous learning is the only way to succeed in a digitally powered world. Q: You have given many interviews/presentations about agile. Is there a question you wish to have been asked but no one ever asked you? Hmmm….no one’s ever asked me that question....
Interview with Jutta Eckstein

Interview with Jutta Eckstein

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself? Hi, my name is Jutta Eckstein and I made my first experiences using Agile (to be exact XP) in 1997. Thus, my first experiences were as a programmer. In 1998 I got independent and started helping projects and teams in different roles – as a developer, architect, yet also as a consultant or coach. In 2001 I dared to scale Agile out of necessity and after some more experiences I published my first book on that topic in 2004. I always try to share the experiences I make in conferences like this one and e.g. in books. I’m currently co-writing a book on Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, and Sociocracy. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I will talk about Increasing Productivity by Uncovering Costs of Delay. Very often it is the small things that are slowing us down and these are the things I want to point out. So my talk is full of concrete suggestions you can first consider if they would make a difference in your setting and if yes, try them out. A lot of people in our community have heard (or bought) Don Reinertsen’s book on The Principles of Product Development Flow. Yet, not many people have read (or finished reading) the book. The reason is it is not an easy read. In this talk I want to provide a way that is easy to understand and apply that topic. (And if you want to know: Johanna Rothman and I wrote a small book on that topic –Diving for Hidden Treasures: Uncovering...
Η ημέρα που σταμάτησα να ζηλεύω τους συναδέλφους μας στο εξωτερικό

Η ημέρα που σταμάτησα να ζηλεύω τους συναδέλφους μας στο εξωτερικό

Πάντα με ενθουσίαζαν οι συνάξεις εραστών της πληροφορικής. Θυμάμαι μικρός στις εκθέσεις «Μηχανοργάνωση» να ψάχνω ανοιχτά τερματικά υπολογιστών για να πειραματιστώ με το λειτουργικό τους σύστημα. (Η εντολή HELP μπορεί να σε πάει αρκετά μακριά.) Ως φοιτητής στα συνέδρια USENIX Technical Conference είχα την τύχη να θαυμάσω τους (συχνά εκκεντρικούς στην εμφάνιση) μάγους προγραμματιστές των συστημάτων που απολαμβάνουμε σήμερα θεωρώντας τα ως δεδομένα. Μετά ως επαγγελματίας γνώρισα τη ζωντάνια και τη δίψα για γνώση που χαρακτηρίζει τα επαγγελματικά συνέδρια: ACCU, GOTO, OOP. Έχοντας ταξιδέψει πολλές ώρες για να βρεθώ εκεί, ζήλευα τους συναδέλφους που έρχονταν σ’ αυτά το πρωί κατευθείαν από το σπίτι τους. Στις 16 Σεπτεμβρίου, περπατώντας από το σταθμό του Θησείου προς το Σινέ Κεραμικός για να παρακολουθήσω το Agile Greece Summit, συνειδητοποίησα ότι αυτή τη φορά δεν είχα τίποτα να ζηλέψω: μια έξοχη εκδήλωση πραγματοποιούνταν στην πόλη μου. Το συνέδριο είχε όλα τα στοιχεία μιας επιτυχημένης επαγγελματικής διοργάνωσης: πολύ ενδιαφέρουσες ομιλίες, πλήθος συναδέλφων που το παρακολουθούσαν με όρεξη, πλούσιες ευκαιρίες για συζητήσεις στους διαδρόμους και την εκπληκτική αίσθηση ότι δεν είσαι σε ένα στημένο περιβάλλον για να διεκπεραιώσεις άλλη μια επαγγελματική υποχρέωση, αλλά σε ένα φιλόξενο σπίτι για να συζητήσεις με τους φίλους σου. Η μεγάλη συμμετοχή έδειξε το έμπρακτο ενδιαφέρον που υπάρχει από εταιρίες στην Ελλάδα για ευέλικτη ανάπτυξη λογισμικού. Η πλειοψηφία των ανθρώπων δήλωσαν ότι προέρχονταν από εταιρίες άνω των εκατό ατόμων. Αυτό είναι επίσης πολύ θετικό, διότι σημαίνει ότι υπάρχουν και στην Ελλάδα αξιόλογες ευκαιρίες για επαγγελματική εξέλιξη στο χώρο μας. (Όσο ενδιαφέρον και συναρπαστικό κι αν είναι το περιβάλλον των νεοφυών επιχειρήσεων, ένα οικοσύστημα εταιριών πληροφορικής χρειάζεται και μεγάλους παραγωγικούς παίκτες για...
Interview with Matti Klasson

Interview with Matti Klasson

Matti works for a game company. Do you happen to know this? or this? Matti Klasson is people operations manager at King and  Management 3.0 facilitator. Let’s read his interview. We are really excited to have Matti in Agile Greece Summit 2016 and looking forward to his speech. Did you get your ticket? Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? My name is Matti Klasson and I’m Development People Lead at King – which means it’s my responsibility to help our developers to grow so they can be great team members and create BIG games. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? My talk will be about – how to create a happy and productive work environment and that leadership has a key role in that. In a fast pace world where global mobility increase is crucial for companies to survive, that you have an environment where people feel they have a purpose and can make a difference. It’s not about extrinsic motivation like salaries and titles. It’s about being happy and productive at work! Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? I hope my talk can be inspirational and give some new insights about leadership. It’s not about managing the people – it’s about creating an environment where people are happy and deliver value to their customers as fast as possible. Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organizations that are transitioning to agile? Find local needs, try small, scale out! Q: How do you see the evolution of Agile in the future? We live in a world where our social...