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 that they deliver.

Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organizations that are transitioning to agile?

Start small with the assumption that things will change. Agile is about finding better ways to develop software, a journey that never finishes.

Q: How do you see the evolution of Agile in the future?

Agile is a journey, which people can travel as they want. There are companies who are exploring the possibilities, while others are deploying changes every couple of minutes based on how their systems are being used at that moment. Everybody travels in it’s own pace.

There’s already a big variety of frameworks and practices. Companies, teams and people can select and deploy them to become agile and deliver value. This is where the real benefit of agile is, adaptability and being able to respond and change quickly. Agility matters more than agile.

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?

I’ve had tons of questions, and it doesn’t stop, which is great. Maybe a nice question would have been what would have happened if there hadn’t been a gathering of people, and no agile manifesto was defined?

Q: What you like to say something in advance to the Greek Agile community?

I’m looking forward to be at the first Greek Agile Summit, very happy to see how this event gives attention to continuous improvement in agile.


Ben Linders is providing two workshops in the context of Agile Greece Summit 2015

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You can find more details and register for these workshops here.

Useful Links:

[1] Ben at InfoQ

[2] Ben at TechTarget

If you want to join, get your tickets now!

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