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...
Interview with Ralph Jocham – Scaling Scrum, the Swiss Postal Services case

Interview with Ralph Jocham – Scaling Scrum, the Swiss Postal Services case

I met Ralph in one of our meetups, where he presented Scrum. He is one of the best trainers I know, with expert knowledge on anything Agile. This September at Agile Greece Summit we will have the chance to hear him speak about: “10 Months, 7 Teams, 18 Apps – Scaled Scrum at Swiss Postal Services“. Here is his small interview. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? I started my career with ISO GmbH 1997 in Germany where I worked as a programming consultant for START in Frankurt and Siemens Medizintechnik in Erlangen. In 1998 I joined Oracle Corp. in Reading, United Kingdom working on JDeveloper. Two years later I moved to the USA and consulted in downtown Manhattan for Spherion Technologies. I later relocated to Silicon Valley to help Applied Biosystems (now Thermo Fischer, before Life), a leading biotech life science company to transition to Agile. Early in 2007 I joined ThoughtWorks in San Francicso, a worldwide leading agile consulting company as an agile coach. During my time at ThoughtWorks his clients included, The Gap, Inveneo, LinkedIn, Google and Roche Pharmaceuticals. In late 2009, I moved to Bern, Switzerland and joined Zühlke Engineering to help kickstart their agile offerings. In 2011 I founded Effective Agile[1] to walk my own talk – to see if my ideas will work. I am a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Bern, where I teach an agile living case in the medical technology department. This autumn I will start teaching introduction to software engineering at the University of Applied Sciences FHNW Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic?...
Interview with Jürgen Dittmar – Management 3.0

Interview with Jürgen Dittmar – Management 3.0

In 2011, Jurgen Appelo published “Management 3.0“, concentrating the main ideas of a modern leadership approach. Since then there is a whole series of official management 3.0 Coaches and one such coach is Jurgen Dittmar. We are glad that Jurgen accepted our invitation to speak to Agile Greece Summit 2015. Jurgen has more than 20 years of broad experience in IT and IT Management and is known as the most established management 3.0 trainer in Germany. Therefore, Jurgen will speak about “Management 3.0 – the essential perspective and toolset for agile managers“. He is also going to facilitate a full 2-day Management 3.0 Course, in Athens! Here is his small interview.     Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? My Name is Jürgen Dittmar. I’m living in Munich, I’m 52 years old, married, managed to raise 3 daughters, proud grandfather of already 4+ grandchildren. Based on more than 25 years of experience in IT and IT management I focus of the on the “human factor” and psychological aspects in agile and non-agile projects and organizations. Based on my master degrees in Geography I started my IT-carrier as a developer for Geographical Information Systems. With a increasing focus on “Peopleware” I completed an education as “Systemic Coach and Consultant” as well as a masters in “Industrial and Organizational Psychology” Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? In agile transformations the new responsibilities of management are addressed too late and often remain unclear. But without clear perspective and responsibility especially middle Management often is sidelined and rather seen and acting as an obstacle or impediment. My talk...
Interview with Claudio Perrone – A new model for continuous evolution

Interview with Claudio Perrone – A new model for continuous evolution

Claudio Perrone will give a talk at Agile Greece Summit 2015 about “PopcornFlow, Continuous evolution through ultra-rapid experimentation“. Claudio Perrone is a well-known Lean & Agile management consultant, entrepreneur and startup strategist with over 20 years of commercial experience and a strong focus on leadership, agility and operational excellence. He is the inventor of the PopcornFlow thinking model of continuous evolution through ultra-rapid experimentation which he will present at Agile Greece Summit 2015. Here is his small interview. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? I’m an independent Lean and Agile management consultant, based in Dublin, working with ambitious organizations all over Europe. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I will be talking about PopcornFlow, a new method to introduce, sustain, and accelerate change at personal and interpersonal level. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? The session is not about philosophical discussions about the history of change management: it’s about getting the mindset, models and practical advice to introduce ultra-rapid change at work and, why not, at home. Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organizations that are transitioning to agile? Agile is not about mindlessly following ceremonies, but rather about adapting to change. There is no “transition” to Agile, because Agile is not a “state”. It’s an endless journey of continuous improvement, where failure is an integral part of learning. The trick is to introduce small change continuously rather than to deal with the risks and consequences of the more traditional big change initiatives. Q: How do you see the evolution of Agile in the...
Interview with Erhan Koseoglu – Agile Transformation: Enjoy your journey

Interview with Erhan Koseoglu – Agile Transformation: Enjoy your journey

Erhan Koseoglu will give a talk at Agile Greece Summit 2015 about “Agile transformation inside Vodafone Turkey“. In big organizations like Vodafone Turkey, it is always a challenge to start a change initiative. That is why we are happy to have him with us in the summit and he was very kind to provide this small interview. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? Hi, I am Erhan. I am an Information Technology Executive, with ~ 15 years of continuous advancement and expertise in Demand Management, Business Relationship Management, Service Assurance, Performance Management, Agile Software Delivery, Application Operations and Information Technology Management. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? This session talks about the real case study of how Agile transformation has started as a pilot inside the Vodafone IT and how in just a few months that pilot turned into an organizational change initiative via the establishment of Agile Solutions unit leading to innovation culture and a superior customer experience as a result. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? The starting motivation of the agile transformation is, the achievements via Scrum, the motivation achieved via empowered Scrum teams, the improved transparency via evidence-based management, the KAIZEN culture that is triggered with the transformation, the more effective collaboration between the parties and the significant positive reflections of all these on the customer side as results will be explored in details through the session. This session is for everyone who is interested in starting an Agile transformation inside a big company and growing that initiative through the whole...