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Troubleshooting Agile is a problem-solving session for agile teams. Jeffrey and Squirrel look at common problems agile teams face and provide practical, immediately useful advice for getting back on track.

Troubleshooting Agile is a problem-solving session for agile teams. Jeffrey and Squirrel look at common problems agile teams face and provide practical, immediately useful advice for getting back on track.
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United Kingdom

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Troubleshooting Agile is a problem-solving session for agile teams. Jeffrey and Squirrel look at common problems agile teams face and provide practical, immediately useful advice for getting back on track.

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English


Episodes

The Post-It Factory Game

10/10/2018
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A Squirrel-only show since Jeffrey's away. Squirrel described the Post-It Factory Game which illustrates both work-in-progress limits and the more general notion of "Throughput over Utilisation" - as well as making your colleagues fall over themselves trying to produce blue squares at top speed. SHOW LINKS: Kanban by David Anderson: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kanban-Successful-Evolutionary-Technology-Business/dp/0984521402 Similar games to illustrate agile and kanban ideas:...

Duration:00:11:21

Fowler's State of Agile - Part Three

10/3/2018
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Last (for now) in our series responding to Martin Fowler's State of Agile 2018 speech. This week we look at Fowler's third claim - that software projects should be replaced by software products - and go further, arguing that organising around user conversations is the key to a successful business outcome. SHOW LINKS: - Fowler on the State of Agile 2018: https://martinfowler.com/articles/agile-aus-2018.html - Commandos, Infantry, Police:...

Duration:00:25:18

Fowler's State of Agile - Part Two

9/26/2018
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We continue our series responding to Martin Fowler's State of Agile 2018 speech. This week we look at Fowler's second claim - that agile software development has forgotten that it's about software, and that technical excellence in practises like refactoring, testing, and architecting should be (but isn't) central to discussions of good agile practise. We agree with Fowler and go even further, arguing that we should be making the (strong) case for technical excellence as a source of...

Duration:00:25:04

Fowler's State of Agile 2018 - Part One

9/19/2018
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Martin Fowler gives us lots to chew on in the form of a speech on the state of agile software development in 2018. We start a series responding to Fowler by examining the Agile Industrial Complex - proponents of the "one true way" of agile development and out-of-the-box methodologies - and why Squirrel thinks the buyers and sellers of these "solutions" are doomed to failure by their "Theory X" cultures. SHOW LINKS: - Fowler on the State of Agile 2018:...

Duration:00:24:36

Learning Vs Design

9/12/2018
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A listener asks us how we reconcile the perceived conflict between learning and design - if you're iterating fast, how can you also build solid, scalable architecture? With examples from OO and Domain-Driven Design, we describe how early agile adopters addressed this issue (and how the meaning of "design" has evolved), and then make suggestions for modern teams. SHOW LINKS: - Elephant Carpaccio: https://dzone.com/articles/elephant-carpaccio-user - OO design:...

Duration:00:20:50

Ways to Learn Continued: Capturing Learning with Checklists

9/5/2018
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Once you have a bunch of great ideas from your reflection, how can you make sure you and your team actually use what you've learnt? We illustrate several variations on one of our favourite learning-capture methods, the humble checklist - including self-improving lists and an idea that survived ten years by migrating among multiple checklist formats, from wiki page to slackbot. SHOW LINKS: - The Checklist Manifesto: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Checklist_Manifesto - Jeffrey's Glider...

Duration:00:27:13

Ways to Learn Continued: Pre-Planned Actions

8/29/2018
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We continue our mini-series on how to learn by considering ways to realise your learning - that is, how to convert what you've learnt (say, from a retrospective) into changed behaviour. We discuss how and why to create pre-planned actions in response to situations where you'd like to do better, for instance software outages or suspiciously optimistic delivery dates. SHOW LINKS: - Feynman on the Challenger disaster:...

Duration:00:14:14

Types of Reflection Part 2: Double loop learning

8/15/2018
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Second of two episodes on reflection. We often say that learning is horrible and suggest you do it anyway - but how exactly can you learn? We use a model from Chris Argyris - single-loop and double-loop learning - and concentrate today on the double-loop style, which you might want to try if you want to radically change your thinking and try something completely new (which might or might not work!) SHOW LINKS: - Argyris on single- and double-loop learning:...

Duration:00:24:38

Types of Reflection Part 1: Single loop learning

8/15/2018
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First of two episodes on reflection. We often say that learning is horrible and suggest you do it anyway - but how exactly can you learn? We use a model from Chris Argyris - single-loop and double-loop learning - and concentrate today on the single-loop style, most appropriate for gradual improvement of a particular metric or characteristic. SHOW LINKS: - Argyris on single- and double-loop learning: https://hbr.org/1977/09/double-loop-learning-in-organizations - Shu Ha Ri:...

Duration:00:21:03

Alignment Coda

8/1/2018
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A few more thoughts on alignment, inspired by a list of "XP Mistakes" from the great J. B. Rainsberger. We look at some of the antipatterns and lessons learnt and, as usual, tell a few of our own stories about mistakes we've made and observed. SHOW LINKS: - XP, My Greatest Misses: https://blog.jbrains.ca/permalink/xp-my-greatest-misses - CITCON: http://citconf.com/ - "Are you frustrated? It's probably your fault": https://vimeo.com/131854234 - Five Dysfunctions of a Team:...

Duration:00:19:46

Objections to Alignment

7/25/2018
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The final episode of our mini-series on achieving alignment. We list five different objections we hear to the goals or process of alignment, and suggest ways to address them. We also tell a success story based on achieving alignment. SHOW LINKS: - Theory X and Theory Y: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_X_and_Theory_Y - Alistair Cockburn's mutiny koan: https://staging.cockburn.us/self-organization-means-mutiny/ *** We'd love to hear any thoughts, ideas, or feedback you have about the...

Duration:00:24:19

Steps to Alignment

7/18/2018
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Episode 3 of our mini-series on achieving alignment. This week, we finally explain some methods for aligning with your team, your boss, or your peers. Methods include Test-Driven Development for People (aka the Ladder of Inference) and a creative use of the two-column case study. Next time - questions from listeners and common concerns we hear when moving to alignment. SHOW LINKS: - Chris Argyris on alignment and skilled incompetence: https://hbr.org/1986/09/skilled-incompetence - Video on...

Duration:00:19:22

Alignment and Resistance Part 2: Obstacles to Alignment

7/11/2018
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Our next instalment on alignment as a tool for agile success. If alignment is as valuable as we claimed in the previous episode, why doesn't every organisation have it? We use ideas from Dr. David Burns to classify resistance to alignment into "outcome" and "process" resistance, then give examples of each and tell a story about a startup where the founders are (according to them) totally aligned, but no one else is. Next time: steps to achieve alignment despite resistance. SHOW LINKS: -...

Duration:00:19:13

Alignment and Resistance Part 1: Why Alignment Matters

7/4/2018
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Today, the first instalment of a little series on a big problem affecting agile teams: alignment. What does it mean when your team or company isn't aligned? How does misalignment show itself and what effects does it have on your progress? Jeffrey and Squirrel describe four different alignment patterns and tell real-life stories about the woes of misaligned teams. Future episodes in the series will cover resistance to alignment and how to get everyone headed in a common direction. SHOW LINKS:...

Duration:00:22:33

Setting Goals in a Kanban Team

6/27/2018
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How do you provide focus and drive for a team using kanban? There's no natural "sprint" unit to hang a goal on, it seems. Jeffrey and Squirrel answer this listener question and explain how to create a product narrative, avoid the feature factory, and start with "Why"? SHOW LINKS: - Kanban book: https://www.amazon.com/Kanban-Successful-Evolutionary-Technology-Business/dp/0984521402 - When Kanban Fails: https://kanbantool.com/kanban-library/kanban-results/when-kanban-fails - Feature Factory:...

Duration:00:16:39

The Frustration of Learning

6/20/2018
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This week, Jeffrey and Squirrel address a common frustration: "With all these retrospectives and planning games, when do we actually get some work done?" They cover single and double loop learning, the mundanity of excellence, and how to avoid learning in two distinct ways. SHOW LINKS: - J-curve / Satir Change Model: https://stevenmsmith.com/ar-satir-change-model/ - Mundanity of Excellence: https://www.jstor.org/stable/202063 - Tic-tac change:...

Duration:00:14:58

What Agile Practises Have We Left Behind

6/13/2018
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This week, Jeffrey and Squirrel answer a question from CruiseControl founder Paul Julius about what agile practises they've left behind. Surprising answers include iterations, predictability, and planning. SHOW LINKS: - PJ: http://www.pauljulius.com/ - Abnormally terminating a sprint - https://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/blog/making-the-decision-to-abnormally-terminate-a-sprint - Kanban: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanban_(development) - Elephant Carpaccio:...

Duration:00:24:14

Design in an Agile Team

6/6/2018
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This week, Jeffrey and Squirrel help a listener with the role of design and architecture in an agile team. The answer involves arcane-sounding but fun concepts like elephant carpaccio, evolutionary design, and YAGNI. SHOW LINKS: - YAGNI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_aren%27t_gonna_need_it - Elephant Carpaccio: http://alistair.cockburn.us/elephant+carpaccio - Evolutionary Design: https://martinfowler.com/tags/evolutionary%20design.html - XP Explained:...

Duration:00:16:01

Learning by Failing

5/30/2018
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This week, Jeffrey and Squirrel look at how to learn new skills in your agile team or elsewhere, and recommend frequent failure as a useful heuristic. SHOW LINKS: - Graham Lee blog post: https://www.sicpers.info/2018/02/to-become-a-beginner-first-become-an-expert/ - No True Scotsman fallacy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_true_Scotsman - TDD (Test-Driven Development): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test-driven_development - Agile principles: http://agilemanifesto.org/principles.html ***...

Duration:00:12:17

Roadmap to Improving Agile Skills

5/23/2018
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This week, Jeffrey and Squirrel describe some of the methods they used to improve their own skills in implementing and troubleshooting agile methods. They describe techniques from rubber ducking to doppelgängers. Enjoy! SHOW LINKS: - CITCON: http://citconf.com - Breakfast with Squirrel: http://douglassquirrel.com - Communities of Needs and Solutions: https://theitriskmanager.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/communities-of-need-community-of-solutions/ - Dr. David Burns: https://feelinggood.com/ -...

Duration:00:15:55