How are Agile ideas like strawberry jam?
The processes that have grown up around “Agile” are all capable of being spread too thin, of being understood so poorly, that they deliver only mediocre results at best. They can’t provide the joy in the work that the Agile Manifesto authors and early adherents came to know and love. We need to find the “strawberries,” the ideas that are solid enough that they can’t be watered down or spread thin. Some of these “berries” might be defined as “practices,” but some may fall more into the realm of values and principles.
“Working software is at the core of success with Agile methods.
Let’s remind ourselves about that.” — Ron Jeffries
Meet Our Agile Tech Talk Panelists
Ron Jeffries is one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto, coached the first Extreme Programming team, and is a Certified Scrum Trainer. His most recent book, The Nature of Software Development, was released in early 2015. Ron is an outspoken supporter of technical improvement and excellence in Agile Software Development. Despite his sometimes gruff demeanor, he is often thought to be a teddy bear at heart. We can neither confirm nor deny this belief.
Stacey Vetzal has coached and trained software development professionals for more than 17 years. She has a tremendously broad technical background, has built apprenticeship and coaching programs for a variety of organizations, and helped developers through staggering technology and process transformations. Through her consulting practice, Mobility, Stacey provides coaching and mentoring to software teams across North America and is also an incubator for various software product development ventures.
Antony Marcano is co-founder of RiverGlide, a company that guides organizations in all aspects of agility. Most of his 20+ years of experience has been with Agile teams and guiding organizations to greater agility. Antony’s thought leadership is acknowledged in numerous books including Agile Coaching, Bridging The Communication Gap, Software Craftsmanship Apprenticeship Patterns, and Agile Testing. He is known for his inspiring and thought-provoking keynote talks and is a regular industry guest speaker at Oxford University.
Cat Swetel is a technology leader interested in exploring how digital transformation facilitates relationships and could create conditions for more generative institutions. Her leadership style is deeply feminist in that it is focused on allowing all people to flourish. This leadership style (coupled with good technology instincts) has allowed Cat to establish an impressive track record of delivering the “impossible”. Cat is an accomplished public speaker delivering keynotes, workshops, and more around the world.
Moderated by April Jefferson
April Jefferson is a coach, collaboration facilitator, experience crafter, game creator, and international speaker. She adds value to the world by guiding the journey to nourish oneself with generative engagement — enjoying harmonizing mindsets, crafting applied learning experiences, and holding space both in-person and online.
What are Agile Tech Talks?
Formerly known as deliver:Agile Live!, Agile Tech Talks are monthly virtual sessions that explore technical topics and focus on how to support Agile practitioners and grow good Agile engineering practices. We’re keeping the spirit of the deliver:Agile conference, and turning it into an ongoing series of talks and workshops throughout the year. This series is FREE for Agile Alliance members.
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