Jon recently asked (at 14:00 of episode 3 of the podcast) what's Agile and what's not.
Do you ever hear Oh, that's not Agile as a pejorative? There'a a lot of controversy - even a heated debate - about what constitutes the minimum necessary to still be considered Agile.
Agile, of course, is not one method, but
Vic (@AgileCoffee) and Jon use the lean coffee format to discuss the following topics:
Minimally Viable Agile
Transparency between POs, SMs and teams
Safe environments and the Soup
Plus we take a look ahead to the following agile/lean events both in California and across the USA:
Scrum Day San Diego - June 13
Interact with local executives, ask why they went with
Agile Inceptions are powerful and fast ways to get a team to internalize a vision. It's a two-day investment that saves the company months of up-front planning and allows the teams to begin immediately deliver core product functionality.
Since mid-2013, I've been involved with teams adopting the Agile Inception format used by Pivotal Labs to kick off
In this second episode of Agile Coffee podcast, Vic (@AgileCoffee) is joined by Jon and they use the lean coffee format to discuss the following topics:
what motivates people
making a difference
body of work
are we overly idealistic?
50 new Agile coaches hired
We mention the following books:
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us - Daniel H Pink
Our first AgileCoffee podcast, recorded live at the Knollwood restaurant in Irvine, CA, on March 13th, 2014. Victor Bonacci (@AgileCoffee) is joined by Brett Palmer, Jon Jorgensen and Curtis Gilbert. We can be reached at:
Jon: @waterscrumban (twitter) & email@example.com
Brett: @brett_palmer (twitter)
Vic: @agilecoffee (twitter) & firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern California Agile User Group
Agile Open California 2014
Agilists are everywhere.
We come in all stripes.
Combine these two observations and you realize that at any time the opportunity can present itself to broaden your perspective on Agile practices. When we meet other practitioners, it's routine to ask a few basic questions; but if we take a disciplined approach to our inquiry, the encounter becomes
Great news for those of you in sunny SoCal: expert agilist Diana Larsen is holding an Advanced Retrospectives workshop in San Diego on March 6th.
The full title of the workshop is Advanced Practices for Leading Agile Retrospectives: New Techniques and Activities, and full details can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advanced-retrospective-techniques-with-diana-larsen-tickets-8807454333
from her abstract:
Agile Retrospectives improve any project or
In November I presented at SoCal Code Camp (USC) on the topic of my company's history with Agile (from start-up to 200+ employees and 160B emails). It was my first time to present this topic, and it was tailored for an audience without much Agile experience.
(For those interested, here's a link to the slides: http://www.slideshare.net/VictorBonacci/agile-for-startups-sendgrids-history-with-agile-2013-bonacci# (If you're
Just got back from a relatively relaxing Thanksgiving pilgrimage to Ohio for family and football. While there I hopped over to Starbucks to host a LeanCoffee in Ohio (I'd posted it on Meetup a few weeks prior).
As I'd expected, attendance was nil. Not sure if that speaks more to the fact it was a holiday
I'm excited to be heading to Nashville in only a few days, and not just because it's a fun-sounding place that I've yet to visit. Agile2013 is a 5-day event that kicks off on Monday August 5th. I'll be looking to connect with very smart people and share stories of successes (and failures). It's