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. :-)

Nikos Batsios