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...
Interview with James Stewart

Interview with James Stewart

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself? I’m James Stewart and I help organisations adapt to the internet era, primarily as a partner with Public Digital. Previously I worked for the UK Government where I was Deputy CTO, helping government deliver great digital services and to change its technology infrastructure so it could focus on user needs. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I’ll be telling the story of the work I did in government. How we helped an old and complex organisation implement massive change, deliver far better services, and begin to recognise that that unit of delivery is the team. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? Hopefully our experience will be generally inspiring to people trying to bring about change in complex organisations! But I’ll also offer some practical tips on how to focus your efforts and where to start! Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations that are transitioning to agile? In many of the organisations we work with, we see agile being boxed in as purely a software delivery methodology. Most of the time really delivering value requires you to iterate everything together – the software, the processes, even the business model. That can be a lot to think about all at once! So it’s absolutely vital that everyone on the team have a clear sense of purpose, a solid understanding of the value you are trying to deliver and who it is for. Without that you’ll easily get pushed into that box, or get lost along the way. Q: How...
Interview with  Linda Rising

Interview with Linda Rising

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself? I’m an independent consultant who lives near Nashville, Tennessee, in the US. I’m interested in the brain, how we think, solve problems, make decisions. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? The title of the talk is “Overcoming resistance” and addresses one of the most important issues we face today. How to communicate ideas to people who disagree with us. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? We tend to believe that if you can just outline the reasons for our stance that others, if they are intelligent, will see our point of view and adopt it. What scientific evidence shows is –this is a bias–we are not convinced by argument. In fact, it’s very difficult to convince others to change. What is effective is to be open to listening and learning and possibly changing ourselves. Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations that are transitioning to agile? Don’t expect major change to happen overnight. Don’t expect to see the hyped benefits that others might report. Take small steps and learn. Q: How do you see the evolution of agile in the future? Agile is the name for a step along the way. It has already changed from its inception. I started doing Scrum in the mid-1990s. Scrum now is very different. The fact that agile has changed and continues to change means that it is really “agile.” That is its future — change. Q: You have given many interviews/presentations about agile. Is there a question you wish to 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...