This Agile Life

This Agile Life
By John Sextro
About this podcast
Agile software development is a mix of best practices and philosophical tenants. But there is a big difference between the ideal situations and what developers face in the real world. This Agile Life talks with some of the best in the business about the challenges of software engineering and how real world solutions can bring the promise of Agile methodologies to your software projects.
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Latest episodes
Jan. 28, 2018
Links Agile Connection Subway Map to Agile Practices Picks Craig Doug DeMuro car videos Auto Trader column called Oversteer Music without lyrics, but that I like 2Cellos Harp Twins Lee Agile Connection Bonus pick not mentioned in the show John 2017 Top 66 Developer Resources Agile Coalition
Jan. 15, 2018
Special Guests Don Peters Marc Chouinard Topics Real-Time Team Improvements Setting Clear Objectives, Goals, and Working Agreements Try Pair Testing in 2018 Find Your Personal Impact / Motivation Picks Liftoff (Book) by Diana Larsen & Ainsley Nies – provides specific methods for “agile chartering” to help teams define their vision, and then write mission and mission tests to guide activities supportive of the vision Mile High Agile 2018 (Live Event) – Inspired by being in Denver, consider checking out the annual Mile High Agile conference being held in Denver, CO on May 21 & 22, 2018 – great conference with open space to learn from others Don’t just attend a conference, go present at it (Personal Development) – If you’ve attended a conference before, consider getting involved by presenting a session at a 2018 conference somewhere – lots of call for papers are open this time of year (early 2018), so consider helping improve the agile community by sharing what you know in 2018 – if you wait ‘til next year, you’ll only be another year older! Links Stop Work Authority Card
Oct. 22, 2017
Topics Leadership by example Picks Craig Clean Architecture by Robert “Uncle Bob” Martin Building Evolutionary Architectures by Neal Ford and Rebecca Parsons John The Mother of All Demos, presented by Douglas Engelbart 1968 The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Jason Liberating Structures - helpful and well designed frameworks for specific types of strategic conversations - references available on the web at plus a Mobile App and also in print. LIVE EVENT - Imposter Syndrome: Innovation Killer Among Us - Wednesday morning, November 8, 2017 in the Kansas City area - Join Billie Schuttpelz after the Lean Agile KC conference to recreate the audacious salon experience from Agile2017 and learn more about Imposter Symdrome and how it impacts all of us.
Oct. 8, 2017
Discussion The standardization of agile process across an organization. Picks Lee 22 Scrum Master Anti-Patterns from Job Ads, blog post by Stefan Wolpers Nate Mellowcreme pumpkins The Greatest Generation Amos (channeling Tice) ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct How a Raccoon Became an Aardvark Deep Teases ;-) John WASD Keyboards
Oct. 1, 2017
The Discussion We discuss ways that you can create a virtual "Save Point" in your project, both technically and with your relationships. Picks Nate Audible Content Exchange Lee Welcome Inn Manor - B&B in Chicago Jason Jason’s Recommended Bed & Breakfast in Boulder, CO - The Alps Canyon Inn - (Lee thinks they have great bathtubs) - http://www.alpsinn.com/ Let’s Be Awesome - a collaboration framework to guide recurring team/customer conversations to prioritize needs, practices to support them, and metrics to determine effectiveness - LIVE EVENT - Lean-Agile Kansas City - Nov 7, 2017 - Troy Magennis will be keynoting - Join us to celebrate long live #NoEstimates in Kansas City, MO John Factorio
Sept. 24, 2017
Picks Amos Moon Monkey - Ginger Beer from Saint Louis’ Urban Chestnut Quixir - Property-based testing in Elixir Lee Artillery - performance testing tool Testing Pyramid - from Martin Fowler Craig Ansible Server builds/configs My server configs Linux or macOS software install/configuration My macOS configs Puppet is also acceptable Chef is also acceptable Approval testing Previous This Agile Life on Approval Tests John Xkcd-1205 Low Orbit Ion Cannon
Sept. 17, 2017
Links Maslow’s Hierarchy Needs Picks Jason The DevOps Lego Chocolate Game - a great way to learn about DevOps practices and how to apply them on your team Team First Development - 3-minute Improv games to improve team dynamics, collaboration and communication - all the essentials to have a great team Live Event - Agile Midwest 2017 - Join @theagilefactor at the Midwest’s Largest non-profit agile conference - check out our program of 40 agile talks and a keynote by Tricia Broderick (Conference Chair for Agile2017) on growing leadership - conference sessions are held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 & be sure to attend Open Space, facilitated by @theagilefactor, on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Register at: https://www.agilemidwest.org/ Lee Talk - Mozilla’s attempt to bring back civil conversation to the Internet Amos Missouri Mule - IPA from Piney River Brewing Company Nerves - embedded development in Elixir Strange Loop SEPTEMBER 28-30 2017
Aug. 20, 2017
Recorded at the Rolla Brewpub Amos and Craig head out to a Brewery...Yes, a Brewery, and talk Josh Stacy, one of the co-owners of Public House Brewing Company. They talk about learning from our mistakes, continuous improvement, scaling, producing quality, and, of course, making beer. Picks Craig Being Employed ### Amos Farmhouse Ale ### Josh Voltron
Aug. 13, 2017
Working from Home / Pairing Suggests on how to pair Mob Programming Picks Amos Maltopia, Hermitage Brewing Strange Loop ElixirConf Elixir Rocks Craig Ruby Conf
April 24, 2017
Job Interviews Hiring without Whiteboards The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews from the New York Times John Krewson - Casting Casting Casting Craig's standard interview questions Picks Craig 99 Bottles of OOP by Sandi Metz and Katrina Owen I’ll be giving a workshop at Agile Alliance Technical Conference Smaller! - refactoring, story splitting, shorter iterations Amos Live Like a Hippy - My Elixir Daze conference talk