Interview with Jon Kern

Interview with Jon Kern

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself? I am Jon Kern, aerospace engineer turned software developer. I love designing innovative solutions in software, and trying to build kick ass teams to bring smiles to customers’  faces. I care mostly about the business problem, not shiny new developer gizmos. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? Agile practices work best within a holistic systems engineering framework and a culture of curiosity. There is no magical process for, nor shortcut around, having to use your brain in software development. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? I want folks to leave with some new ways to approach their development projects and new questions with which to challenge themselves and their teams/companies. If you are stuck doing agile in name only, I’ll help get you unstuck. If you are a well-oiled machine, I’ll help realize there is always room for improvement. Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations that are transitioning to agile? Though you might introduce an agile practice (e.g., Scrum), that does not make your team agile in the slightest. It just means you are trying out an agile practice. Q: How do you see the evolution of agile in the future? Maybe a return to agile. Even though agile was revolutionary at the time, it has long since been commercialized and diluted and sometimes even perverted. The true individual freedoms espoused in the Manifesto have been lost to better marketing and mass misinformation about easy ways to be agile with a few simple practices. Q: You have...
Interview with Dave Snowden

Interview with Dave Snowden

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself? Dave Snowden – I’m CSO of Cognitive Edge and Director of the Cynefin Centre.   Cognitive Edge is a commercial company building methods and training as well as the SenseMaker® product range.  The Cynefin Centre is an R&D base focused on Government and NGO programmes Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I’ll be talking about Complexity and uncertainty and how to navigate it.  That will include the latest version of my Cynefin framework and ideas on ‘pre-scrum’ techniques within Agile and non-linear approaches to design thinking Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? Ways to reduce the risk on projects. and understanding that uncertainty is often a good thin and should be navigated not eliminated.  New methods and techniques Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations that are transitioning to agile? Do it in small stages building on your current strenghts – think transition not transformation.  Avoid the big scaling frameworks at all costs, don’t abandon non-Agile methods they still have a role Q: How do you see the evolution of agile in the future? Increasing commodification so we need to think hard about how we restore some of the original vision before its toolate. 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? Absolutely, I’m still waiting for...
Interview with Hendrik Esser

Interview with Hendrik Esser

Could you briefly introduce yourself? I am Henrik Esser and I am working as Manager for Special Project at Ericsson. I have more than 20 years of leadership experience in product development, leading small (20 people) to very large (>7000 people) organizations. I am one of the drivers of Ericsson’s enterprise transition. Outside the company I also work as voluntary program director for the Agile Alliance’s Supporting Agile Adoption initiative and I am a frequent speaker at international conferences and company events.   Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I will talk about experiences with the agile transformation at Ericsson. The company is very large and I have seen a lot of things over the years. Working for the Agile Alliance I have met a lot of people from other companies and I see many having similar challenges. So I want to share what we have found: what worked for us, how we approached a successful transformation and also what problems we faced and how we coped with them.   Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? Participants will hear about experiences I made myself working in a large transformation over more than 10 years. So they will get a realistic and unfiltered view on how a transformation can be approached and how it can be kept “on track”. I will especially share how we managed to not only spread agile practices, but also an agile mindset – maybe one of the biggest issues in many enterprises.   Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations...
Interview with Xavier Albaladejo

Interview with Xavier Albaladejo

Could you briefly introduce yourself? I work in organizational transformation, change strategy and cultural change, in order to help companies to be simpler, customer centric, more flexible and enjoyable. I coordinate a Master in Agile, I write in a couple of blogs (on Agile and Transformation) and I was co-founder of Agile Spain and Agile Barcelona. I also enjoy hiking, sci-fi and playing the bass guitar.   Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? My talk will be about the “compulsory” organizational re-factoring needed in order to be more Agile. It has a lot of wins but, as any organizational design, it also has flaws and typical issues you should expect (e.g. silo effect in teams, not ready technology base, how to deal with middle management). So, this talk will give some options for dealing with these situations before they get tough.   Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? I will also talk on the non-sense of the “corporate transformation” concept and what to do if you are in this situation.   Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations that are transitioning to agile? Focus on simplicity and make their people think as if they were “owners” of the company in order to make decisions. For this to be a success, work on growing their skills and give them the needed information to develop the best possible decisions.   Q: How do you see the evolution of agile in the future? I think there is a need to go to the basics of the Agile...
Interview with Elisabeth Hocke

Interview with Elisabeth Hocke

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself? My name is Lisi and my Twitter bio says I’m an agile tester, sociotechnical symmathecist, team glue, volleyball player, and game lover which puts it in a nutshell. I’m especially interested in testing, learning and collaboration in agile environments.   Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? My talk is about my personal experience as a tester working at FlixBus. I joined the company nearly three years ago as the second tester overall and found a great place to be. We have faced lots of challenges, have driven lots of improvements, are still doing lots of experiments and learned lots from that. In this talk I will share our insights from a tester’s perspective so others can benefit from our experience.   Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? The main gain is to learn what we tried and what worked in our context to get inspired to drive improvements yourself.   Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations that are transitioning to agile? My general advice would be to do many small experiments or probes and to learn from them so you can continuously improve anything that could use improvement. Many people out there tried lots of things where you can get inspiration from, still, you have to try it in your context and see what works for you. Stay open and stay...