Interview with Gil Zilberfeld

Interview with Gil Zilberfeld

Is Unit Testing worth the effort? What is Test Driven Development? Which are its benefits? Gil is a well-known speaker in the area of Agile. What is interesting is his expertise in unit testing and TDD and that is why I think his talk would be really interesting and relevant for us as developers. He is also running a workshop in Agile Greece Summit 2016 on Advanced Agile Programming Techniques. It is a full day workshop of coding, for developers who want to improve their design, coding, and testing practices. Let’s see his interview. We are really excited to have him 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 Gil and I’m an agile coach. I’ve been in software for more than 20 years now and have done almost everything in many ways, some more successful than others :). In the last 10 years, I work with developers (on development practices, proper design techniques, unit testing, and TDD), testers (strategy, automation, and planning) and product managers (building MVPs, creating roadmaps and backlogs and living in peace with the development team). And of course, working with the entire teams and management to be more effective and productive. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I’m giving two sessions as part of the summit. The first one is a full day tutorial called “Advanced Agile Programming Techniques”. This is a full day of coding, for developers who want to improve their design, coding, and testing practices. I’ve done this tutorial a couple of times,...
Interview with Bart Hufen

Interview with Bart Hufen

gamification /ˌɡeɪmɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun the application of typical elements of game playing (e.g. point scoring, competition with others, rules of play) to other areas of activity, typically as an online marketing technique to encourage engagement with a product or service. “gamification is exciting because it promises to make the hard stuff in life fun” Bart Hufen is author of several books on Applied Games and Gamification and CEO of BrandNewGame. Games can be this: -or- can be this: Bart creates ideas to help his clients to progress their business. He does that by changing the behavior of people using game mechanics. Enter the world of GamePlan. We are really excited to have him 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 Bart, I create ideas to help our clients to progress their business. We do this by changing the behavior of people using game mechanics. I wrote two books about the potential and practical use of games and game mechanics and their effects in business. My first book ‘A Brand New Playground’ can be downloaded for free from our website BrandNewGame.com. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? My talk will be about my new book ‘Playing on the job’ (available in English in 2017). I explain briefly our Game Plan for organizational transformation and continuous progress. The most important model in that book is the ‘Progress-loop’, which is based on the game loop of FarmVille. It describes four processes (or actions) that you should manage as a company (or as...
Interview with Giuseppe De Simone

Interview with Giuseppe De Simone

Giuseppe is from Italy. He lives in Sweden and works as Lead Agile coach at one of the Ericsson Product Development Units. He is one of the prominent Agile influencers and we are really happy to have him with us this September. You may be interested to know that Giuseppe  started his Agile journey in Greece, in Patras more specifically. Read more about it in his interview. We are really excited to have him 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 Giuseppe, I am Italian but I live in Stockholm with my wife and our two kids. I work as Lead Agile coach at one of the Ericsson Product Development Units and I am a member of the Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coaches community. I have been working in product development for 17 years and I have been helping organizations with Lean and Agile transformation since 2009. I am passionate about anything related to agility, primarily Agile leadership, Change management, Software craftsmanship and Coaching. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? The need (and even the urgency for me I would say) to propose my talk comes from the observation of a strident clash. On one side a new world is shaping up, where everything and everyone which benefits of being connected is being connected. Daily innovations, collaboration beyond boundaries, more interdependencies in the eco-systems are profoundly modifying the ability and the way people and enterprises create value. On the other side, many companies are still influenced by management practices invented in 19th century for achieving totally...
Interview with Brendan Marsh of Spotify

Interview with Brendan Marsh of Spotify

This is me hearing Spotify. Yeah the man in the suit… If you know Spotify only for its music and its company culture then you are missing one more perk. Yep, it’s their agile culture! In Agile Greece 2015 we had  Kristian Lindwall & Cliff Hazell presenting our keynote on “Why autonomy is at the heart of Agility” and we got a whiff of Spotify’s agile culture.  Missed the last one? This year we are proud to have Brendan Marsh from Spotify! Brendan is Product Owner for Spotify’s Desktop Infra team and IMHO one hell of a person to talk to and learn from him. And what a session that will be: Spotify Running: Lessons learned from building a ‘Lean Startup’ inside a big tech company. We are really excited to have Brendan in Agile Greece Summit 2016 and looking forward to his keynote session. Did you get your ticket?   Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? My name is Brendan and I’m a Product Owner for Spotify’s Desktop Infra team. In the 3 years I’ve been working at Spotify, I’ve spent most of that time as an Agile Coach, coaching various teams ranging from Data Infrastructure to Spotify’s Running experience. I’m the guild coordinator for our Innovation Guild and I’m passionate about Innovation, Product Discovery and all things Agile/Lean. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I’m going to talk about how I coached a cross-functional team to build Spotify Running. Specifically, how we discovered what to build and what my learnings were from essentially trying to build a Lean Startup within a big tech company. I believe Product Discovery...
Interview with Jurgen Appelo

Interview with Jurgen Appelo

Agile Greece Summit 2015: Level Achieved Agile Greece Summit 2016: Booting up! Have Jurgen Appelo as Keynote speaker: Pure Awesomeness!   Great Tony… Now tell me who is Jurgen Appelo? Jurgen is a top keynote speaker and writer, pioneering management in creative organizations. Inc.com has called him a Top 50 Leadership Expert, a Top 50 Leadership Innovator and a Top 100 Great Leadership Speaker. He is the author of the book Management 3.0, which describes the role of the manager in agile organizations. The rest I will leave it for him. We are really excited to have him in Agile Greece Summit 2016 and looking forward to his keynote session. Did you get your ticket? Now that you are done with it, let’s proceed to Jurgen’s interview then. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? My name is Jurgen Appelo, I have been a manager for many years and I’ve learned a lot about how to manage agile organizations. First as CIO of a web development company, now as CEO of Happy Melly, my own little global company. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I will discuss managing the system for happiness. I find it important that employees enjoy their jobs. Because only when they are happy, they will play, run experiments, learn, innovate and create meaningful products and services. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? I offer some concrete examples of practices that you could try with your own teams. But more importantly, I will try to inspire people to come up with their own experiments. Q: Can you give some...
Interview with Andy Hiles – Water-Scrum-Fall, Unicorns and Rainbows

Interview with Andy Hiles – Water-Scrum-Fall, Unicorns and Rainbows

Andy comes from a proud name of the computing industry, IBM. Andy has experienced full software lifecycles in both an Agile and project management driven context, and has spent the last seven years managing and facilitating multi-discipline teams within Agile environments. He is Lead Agile Concultant for IBM and is driving Agile transformation. This September at Agile Greece Summit we will have the chance to hear him speak about: “Water-Scrum-Fall, Unicorns and Rainbows“. Here is his small interview. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? Hi , I am Andy, I’ve been working with software development teams for 15 years. I am Agile process coach specialising in teams and organisational flow. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? Why this topic? My talk will be about my experience of an Agile transformation opportunity which didn’t go the way I expected. Its important to understand what didn’t go well and why as opposed to the glamorous success stories that dominate our practice. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? Though provoking with humour. I hope that by coming along and getting a feel for the pain I had, attendees will get some good thought provoking topics. Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organizations that are transitioning to agile? Pick your path carefully, but invest in the change. Once you start to notice the pain don’t turn around and go back. Good things will come from the transition. Q: How do you see the evolution of Agile in the future? I hope by its nature it will evolve and new frameworks and practices...