The Magic of Agile
Development
Geoff Watts
First of all...

...some appreciation
mason cooley

“To make people disappear, ask them to fulfil
their promises”
The Grandmother necklace
’s

“A magician is an actor playing the part of a
magician”
Robert-Houdin
why magic???
Magic as a bad analogy
Manipulation
Deception
Sleight Of Hand
Trickery
Fooling The
Audience

No Such Thing

Overtaken by s...
Magic as a bad analogy

Let me see if I can
prove a point
Houdini
How is magic relevant?

People are left thinking “how the..?!” as a
result of something very simple
Agile done well is sim...
My Magic Journey
is like
An Agile Journey
people
over
process
principles of magic

“Continuous attention to technical excellence and
simple trick design enhances ability”
people over process
Will it make the boat go faster?
collaboration
over
contracts
principles of magic

“Entertainers and producers must work closely
together to ensure that all aspects of the
performance ...
principles of magic

“Good entertainers set out to please, not to fool
their audience. Treat volunteers with courtesy and
...
collaboration over contracts
software
over
documentation
Magic has had to evolve

“Our highest priority is to entertain the audience
through thought provoking and continuous
surpr...
software over documentation

“The secret impresses no-one, the trick you use it
for is everything”
- The Prestige
GUARDING AN EMPTY SAFE
It’s pointless
beware...
RESPONDING TO CHANGE
over
FOLLOWING A PLAN
principles of magic

“At regular intervals, the magician reflects on how
to become more entertaining, then adjusts and
test...
RESponding to change over
following a plan
principles matter

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in
matters of principle stand like a rock”
- Thomas Jeffer...
Abstraction
TECHNOLOGY
Technology has led
to great opportunity
But also greater
skepticism
Same with tools?
A Little BIT about
greatness
some things look magical but aren’t
some things look magical but aren’t
Some times it’s the little things

A good ScrumMaster says what needs to be said
A great ScrumMaster knows the power of si...
WHAT IS impossible?

A good magician can take a simple principle and
wow the crowd
A great magician can seemingly achieve ...
WHAT IS impossible?

A good Scrum team can take a simple principle
and wow management
A great Scrum team can seemingly ach...
WHAT IS IMPOSSIBLE?
Magicians think of something completely
impossible, then figure out a way to
APPARENTLY accomplish it
Y...
limiting beliefs
LOcus of control
“Most of what happens in life is controlled by
forces that we don’t understand and are outside of
our con...
LOcus of control
“Success hinges on being in the right place at the
right time”

Strongly Agree
1

Strongly Disagree
2

3
...
LOcus of control
“Whether I work hard or not, it won’t affect how
people assess my performance”

Strongly Agree
1

Strongl...
LOcus of control

“Leaders are born and not made”

Strongly Agree
1

Strongly Disagree
2

3

4
LOcus of control

4-7

High External Locus of Control

8 - 12

Variable Locus of Control

13 - 16 High Internal Locus of C...
limiting beliefs
Cliff Jones
61 year old toothless sheep farmer
1981 Sydney to Melbourne Ultramarathon (544 miles)
150 wor...
Who are you?
I am the kind of person who takes the stairs
instead of the elevator

I am the kind of person who asks the te...
J.K.Rowling

“We do not need magic to transform our world.
We carry all of the power we need inside
ourselves already.”
terry pratchett
“Scientists have calculated that the chances of
something so patently absurd actually existing
are million...
Johann von goethe

“Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do
that, you can make anything happen.”
ONE LAST TRICK
THANK YOU!

geoff@inspectandadapt.com
@geoffcwatts
+44 7717 11 11 99
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Scrum Gathering South Africa 2013 Keynote

  1. 1. The Magic of Agile Development Geoff Watts
  2. 2. First of all... ...some appreciation
  3. 3. mason cooley “To make people disappear, ask them to fulfil their promises”
  4. 4. The Grandmother necklace ’s “A magician is an actor playing the part of a magician” Robert-Houdin
  5. 5. why magic???
  6. 6. Magic as a bad analogy Manipulation Deception Sleight Of Hand Trickery Fooling The Audience No Such Thing Overtaken by science
  7. 7. Magic as a bad analogy Let me see if I can prove a point
  8. 8. Houdini
  9. 9. How is magic relevant? People are left thinking “how the..?!” as a result of something very simple Agile done well is simple & can feel like magic
  10. 10. My Magic Journey is like An Agile Journey
  11. 11. people over process
  12. 12. principles of magic “Continuous attention to technical excellence and simple trick design enhances ability”
  13. 13. people over process
  14. 14. Will it make the boat go faster?
  15. 15. collaboration over contracts
  16. 16. principles of magic “Entertainers and producers must work closely together to ensure that all aspects of the performance deliver delight”
  17. 17. principles of magic “Good entertainers set out to please, not to fool their audience. Treat volunteers with courtesy and humour, do not make fun of them”
  18. 18. collaboration over contracts
  19. 19. software over documentation
  20. 20. Magic has had to evolve “Our highest priority is to entertain the audience through thought provoking and continuous surprises”
  21. 21. software over documentation “The secret impresses no-one, the trick you use it for is everything” - The Prestige
  22. 22. GUARDING AN EMPTY SAFE
  23. 23. It’s pointless
  24. 24. beware...
  25. 25. RESPONDING TO CHANGE over FOLLOWING A PLAN
  26. 26. principles of magic “At regular intervals, the magician reflects on how to become more entertaining, then adjusts and tests the presentation accordingly”
  27. 27. RESponding to change over following a plan
  28. 28. principles matter “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle stand like a rock” - Thomas Jefferson
  29. 29. Abstraction
  30. 30. TECHNOLOGY Technology has led to great opportunity But also greater skepticism Same with tools?
  31. 31. A Little BIT about greatness
  32. 32. some things look magical but aren’t
  33. 33. some things look magical but aren’t
  34. 34. Some times it’s the little things A good ScrumMaster says what needs to be said A great ScrumMaster knows the power of silence
  35. 35. WHAT IS impossible? A good magician can take a simple principle and wow the crowd A great magician can seemingly achieve the impossible
  36. 36. WHAT IS impossible? A good Scrum team can take a simple principle and wow management A great Scrum team can seemingly achieve the impossible
  37. 37. WHAT IS IMPOSSIBLE? Magicians think of something completely impossible, then figure out a way to APPARENTLY accomplish it You need to figure out ways of actually accomplishing things that are SEEMINGLY impossible
  38. 38. limiting beliefs
  39. 39. LOcus of control “Most of what happens in life is controlled by forces that we don’t understand and are outside of our control” Strongly Agree 1 Strongly Disagree 2 3 4
  40. 40. LOcus of control “Success hinges on being in the right place at the right time” Strongly Agree 1 Strongly Disagree 2 3 4
  41. 41. LOcus of control “Whether I work hard or not, it won’t affect how people assess my performance” Strongly Agree 1 Strongly Disagree 2 3 4
  42. 42. LOcus of control “Leaders are born and not made” Strongly Agree 1 Strongly Disagree 2 3 4
  43. 43. LOcus of control 4-7 High External Locus of Control 8 - 12 Variable Locus of Control 13 - 16 High Internal Locus of Control
  44. 44. limiting beliefs Cliff Jones 61 year old toothless sheep farmer 1981 Sydney to Melbourne Ultramarathon (544 miles) 150 world class, trained athletes Conventional wisdom = 18/6 The “Cliff Shuffle” Broke the record by 9 hours
  45. 45. Who are you? I am the kind of person who takes the stairs instead of the elevator I am the kind of person who asks the team a question instead of giving an answer I am the kind of person who sets off ten minutes early so I get places on time I am the kind of person who finds practical and useful nuggets from every session I go to
  46. 46. J.K.Rowling “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.”
  47. 47. terry pratchett “Scientists have calculated that the chances of something so patently absurd actually existing are millions to one. But magicians have calculated that million-toone chances crop up nine times out of ten.”
  48. 48. Johann von goethe “Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can make anything happen.”
  49. 49. ONE LAST TRICK
  50. 50. THANK YOU! geoff@inspectandadapt.com @geoffcwatts +44 7717 11 11 99

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