What if I told you that heavy metal and Agile have a lot in common? What if a musician could walk into a room full of Agile coaches and nobody could tell them apart? What if there are universal principles that can be applied irrespective of what you do? What if frameworks don’t actually work? Join the metalhead CEO and learn interesting things about music, Agile and life in general.
I read a lot of interviews, watch youtube clips One day I saw an interview by a guy called Megadeth If he was on the stage instead of me, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference He has the best hair
When I go to a conference, 9times out of 10 I'll hear a talk on the spotify model or SAFe. Spotify don't know how to scale it. When they did their modle, they were a small company, now they are 1500 people. Talk about the cargo cult.
If that's not deliver frequently, deliver faster, I don't know what it is. Implement feedback loops, learn, adapt
This is a slide about local optimizations. In a band, everyone has to play with the same speed and tempo. If the drummer is playing 200 beats per minute and the guitar player is still learning to play E minor, the melody (flow) will be distorted. In a company, having a single team that's doing scrum or even Kanban will be okay, but it's a local optimization. A local optimization will not help you with the big picture, which was the melody we talked about earlier. It's the whole system we should care about and not just our team because we have the best scrum master or the best tool or whatever.
One of the greatest rock stars in the world tells us we should do Kanban as Kanban's WIP limits are one of the most important elements of the method.
I dedicate this slide to a whole industry that believes it has found the ultimate truth. Have you heard about the Scrum religion? People so violently defending it that at some point it gets a bit strange? I have no problem with scrum, by the way. I think it helps in certain contexts. However, if you can't see what's beyond, or even worse, if you can't imagine there's something beyond, then you're surrounding yourself with cotton walls and institutions. I think that's inhibiting to progress and we should all be very careful with that.
Change is neither safe, nor easy. It's going to be hard, you're going to fail and it's going to hurt. If somebody tells you anything different, they're either lying or they don't know what they're talking about.
LKCE19 - Dimitar Karaivanov - Business Agility through the Eyes of a Metalhead CEO
Through The Eyes
of a Metalhead CEO
Dimitar Karaivanov - CEO Kanbanize
One thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of guitar hero
types have a lot of people copying them. But copying
others is not necessarily the best thing.
The only way to really become as good as someone,
is understand there is no easy way.
The guys that come closest to me are the ones that
play in my band and have dissected those songs to
a professional level. It’s a non-mechanical approach.
People want warm-up exercises and shortcuts…
there aren’t any! Get out there and play in bands
to anyone you can. That’s how you find out how to
play well. In your bedroom, you won’t have the
right stimulus to play for real and avoid f*ck-ups.
Here’s a great tip: one thing you want to avoid is
playing fast unless it’s absolutely necessary. If it’s
not needed, then playing fast totally sucks.
If you get a call from Elton John about doing some
session, he’s not going to want to hear your 8-
finger tapping arpeggios… he’ll send you straight
out the door. Sir Paul McCartney won’t want your
insane diminished sh*t either—you’ll get fired.
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