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Agile Is Not the Easy
Way Out (But It Does Work)

  Rebecca Parsons
Tale of Two Toy Castles




from Rich Hickey and Neal Ford. Metaphor to keep in mind during
the talk...
The Knitted and Lego Castles




Yes, you can buy that on Amazon...

Think about this in context of team, system, and business
model...
Agile Principles



like transparency, reflection, and feedback...
Inform the
                           practices


like pair programming, CI, standups, retrospectives, etc...
Resulting in an
approach that is
Disciplined
Sustainable
Grounded in
  Reality
and Effective


For each of these, I’ll describe principles and practices that
relate... show how and why they’re not easy but why they
contribute to success.
Many items could appear in different headings and they inter-
relate.
That’s why principles matter....
Disciplined
                   Pair programming, testing and continuous
                   integration

                   Unambiguous definition of done

                   Continual refactoring

                   Standups and retrospectives

                   Cavalier attitudes can not survive (no place to
                   hide)


Ironic that some orgs feel agile only applies with talented
developers but also accuse devs of wanting agile so they can be
reckless
Processes together form a
                       rigorous structure within
                             which to work



Broken builds, style monitors, continuous peer review, etc....
Sustainable
                   Not just iterative (mini-waterfalls)

                   Balance of short and long term

                   Scope control limits waste

                   The Agile Contract

                   No need for heroes



Scrum as mini-waterfalls
The team selects the
                    processes, empowering them
                      and making it sustainable



Collective ownership of project and process allows team to buy in
and look to make things work over the long run for all
stakeholders. Broad team means broad ownership and shared
success.
Grounded in Reality
                  Yesterday’s weather

                  Clarity of actual progress

                  Adaptive planning, evolutionary architecture,
                  emergent design...

                  Actually adaptive/evolutionary everything

                  We’re not just order takers



Opportunities come from being responsive
Embracing and exploiting
                   opportunities as they appear
                    and dealing with issues as
                            they arise



How much more effective can you be?
Tale of Two Toy Castles
       Revisited
The Knitted and Lego Castles




Elegant, unified whole, but unravels with change. Again, team,
systems and business models. We live in a world that requires us
to change.
Questions?

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Agile is not the easy way out

  • 1. Agile Is Not the Easy Way Out (But It Does Work) Rebecca Parsons
  • 2. Tale of Two Toy Castles from Rich Hickey and Neal Ford. Metaphor to keep in mind during the talk...
  • 3. The Knitted and Lego Castles Yes, you can buy that on Amazon... Think about this in context of team, system, and business model...
  • 4. Agile Principles like transparency, reflection, and feedback...
  • 5. Inform the practices like pair programming, CI, standups, retrospectives, etc...
  • 9. Grounded in Reality
  • 10. and Effective For each of these, I’ll describe principles and practices that relate... show how and why they’re not easy but why they contribute to success. Many items could appear in different headings and they inter- relate. That’s why principles matter....
  • 11. Disciplined Pair programming, testing and continuous integration Unambiguous definition of done Continual refactoring Standups and retrospectives Cavalier attitudes can not survive (no place to hide) Ironic that some orgs feel agile only applies with talented developers but also accuse devs of wanting agile so they can be reckless
  • 12. Processes together form a rigorous structure within which to work Broken builds, style monitors, continuous peer review, etc....
  • 13. Sustainable Not just iterative (mini-waterfalls) Balance of short and long term Scope control limits waste The Agile Contract No need for heroes Scrum as mini-waterfalls
  • 14. The team selects the processes, empowering them and making it sustainable Collective ownership of project and process allows team to buy in and look to make things work over the long run for all stakeholders. Broad team means broad ownership and shared success.
  • 15. Grounded in Reality Yesterday’s weather Clarity of actual progress Adaptive planning, evolutionary architecture, emergent design... Actually adaptive/evolutionary everything We’re not just order takers Opportunities come from being responsive
  • 16. Embracing and exploiting opportunities as they appear and dealing with issues as they arise How much more effective can you be?
  • 17. Tale of Two Toy Castles Revisited
  • 18. The Knitted and Lego Castles Elegant, unified whole, but unravels with change. Again, team, systems and business models. We live in a world that requires us to change.