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...
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 Ben Linders – Agile Retrospectives

Interview with Ben Linders – Agile Retrospectives

We are really happy to have Ben Linders in Agile Greece Summit 2015 (did you get your ticket? NO??? get it now!). Ben is an active member of networks on Agile, Lean and Quality, and a frequent speaker and writer. He shares his experience in a bilingual blog (Dutch and English), as an editor for Agile at InfoQ [1] and as an expert on TechTarget[2]. He is also tweeting a lot and you may find him as @BenLinders. Ben is the author of Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives, Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives & What Drives Quality. So, we are very excited to have him talk about “The Why, What and How of Agile Retrospectives“. He is also facilitating two workshops (more on this later)[1]. Here is his small interview. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? I work as an Independent Consultant in Agile, Lean, Quality and Continuous Improvement. I live in The Netherlands and I love to write and blog. As an adviser, coach and trainer I help organizations by deploying effective software development and management practices. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? In my opinion, you can only get real benefits from if teams work intensively together with stakeholders and customers, and continuously look for ways to improve themselves. Agile retrospectives are crucial to do this. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? Well, there are actually three sessions, much learnings in all of them 🙂 Attending my sessions helps people to pick and deploy agile practices, do agile retrospectives more effectively, and increase their agility and the value...