Interview with Marcus Hammarberg

Interview with Marcus Hammarberg

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself?

I’m Marcus Hammarberg, a software developer that got interested in how to work effectively together about 2004. This led me to examine and learn from agile, Kanban and lean to find better and better ways.

Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic?

My talk is about how we use kanban and lean to save a hospital in Indonesia from ruin (physically and financially). It’s a roller coaster of a story that shows the power of the principles we are using in IT and how they can be applied outside our normal sphere.

Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session?

Inspiration and deeper understanding of what the principles behind lean and agile. At least they was what I got during the adventures there.

Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations that are transitioning to agile?

Start by finding The one metric that matters and that the whole organization can rally behind. Make that visual and in-your-face-present for everyone in the org.

Start doing fewer things at the same time.

Q: How do you see the evolution of agile in the future?

For starters I think that term Agile soon will grow out of fashion. We will talk about flow or value driven development instead.

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?

Can you sign my arm?

Seriously – any question that was not asked because it was deemed “too stupid” is waste. There are so many misconceptions lying around because we didn’t dare to ask those “stupid” questions.

Nikos Batsios