Interview with Jeff Gothelf

Interview with Jeff Gothelf

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself? I am a coach and consultant working in the lean and agile space. I’ve written 2 books – Lean UX and Sense & Respond. I spend most of my times working companies helping them build better product development teams and organizations. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? Scaling Lean in large enterprises. This topic is a key sticking point for most large organizations. They can get small teams to work together and experiment and learn but how do you scale that up to 50 or 500 teams? This talk will address this. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? Understanding that there are key principles, not necessarily processes, that are required for strong agile and lean growth in organizations. Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations that are transitioning to agile? Stick to the values, avoid blink adherence to the recipes. Q: How do you see the evolution of agile in the future? I hope it ends up simply as “the way we work” as opposed to a branded thing. Collaboration, customer-centricity and continuous learning is the only way to succeed in a digitally powered world. 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? Hmmm….no one’s ever asked me that question....
Interview with Jutta Eckstein

Interview with Jutta Eckstein

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself? Hi, my name is Jutta Eckstein and I made my first experiences using Agile (to be exact XP) in 1997. Thus, my first experiences were as a programmer. In 1998 I got independent and started helping projects and teams in different roles – as a developer, architect, yet also as a consultant or coach. In 2001 I dared to scale Agile out of necessity and after some more experiences I published my first book on that topic in 2004. I always try to share the experiences I make in conferences like this one and e.g. in books. I’m currently co-writing a book on Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, and Sociocracy. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I will talk about Increasing Productivity by Uncovering Costs of Delay. Very often it is the small things that are slowing us down and these are the things I want to point out. So my talk is full of concrete suggestions you can first consider if they would make a difference in your setting and if yes, try them out. A lot of people in our community have heard (or bought) Don Reinertsen’s book on The Principles of Product Development Flow. Yet, not many people have read (or finished reading) the book. The reason is it is not an easy read. In this talk I want to provide a way that is easy to understand and apply that topic. (And if you want to know: Johanna Rothman and I wrote a small book on that topic –Diving for Hidden Treasures: Uncovering...
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...
Interview with Niels Pflaeging – Organize for Complexity

Interview with Niels Pflaeging – Organize for Complexity

“Organizations do not and cannot manage chaos, or complexity. Saying that is like claiming that crash test dummies manage impact.” This is a quote from Niels Pflaeging one of our Keynotes. Niels is an acclaimed public speaker and combines two roles in his client work. On one hand, he is a world-class speaker. On the other hand, he helps organizations internationally with triggering, mapping and leading profound and robust change initiatives as a highly effective advisor. Therefore, Niels will speak about “Organize for Complexity: How our organizations will become agile, radically decentralized and networked. Sooner than you think.” Here is his small interview. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? I started being part of the Beyond Budgeting movement in 2003, when I became a director of the Beyond Budgeting Round Table. Since then, my work has been completely focused on supporting organizational transformation – acting as an influencer, speaker, advisor and consultant. I wrote two books on Beyond Budgeting, and then three more on leadership and organizational transformation. My passion is helping organizations of all kinds, and internationally, to leave “management”, or the command-and-control model of the industrial age behind, and move towards an organizational model that is fit for complexity and also fit for human beings. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? My last book is called “Organize for Complexity – and that is also the title of my keynote session at the Agile Summit. I believe the main reason why so few companies have ultimately overcome the social technology that we call “management“ is that most of us actually don´t know the alternative...