No Nonsense Podcast
#054 - Sandy Mamoli - building great teams

#054 - Sandy Mamoli - building great teams

September 24, 2022

Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a conversation with Sandy Mamoli about building great teams. Why do some teams perform well and others perform poorly. The importance of skill, trust, respect, collaboration common purpose, constructive feedback and  continuous improvement. How to deal with toxic experts and charming slackers in the team. The benefits of allowing people to choose their own teams. How to run a self selection event. Coaching managers to improve the system the team is working in. Allowing teams to select their own managers. The poor state of Agile and the problem with SAFE.

 

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#053 - Simon Wardley - Wardley Maps

#053 - Simon Wardley - Wardley Maps

September 17, 2022

Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a conversation with Simon Wardley about Wardley maps. Wardely maps are a discussion tool that surfaces assumptions about competitive landscapes. Starting with the customer, we draw the value chain of components that we need to meet their goal and then identify what stage each component is in the evolutionary lifecycle. Is a component a custom build, a product or service or a commodity or utility. When there is a competitive market everything moves to become a high volume, low cost standardised commodity over time. Understanding this allows you to get ahead of the wave of market change and it allows you to identify enormous cost savings by using utility services like AWS instead of building your own data centre.

 

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#052 - assessing agile capability

#052 - assessing agile capability

September 9, 2022

Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a conversation about assessing the agile capability of individuals, teams and partners. A lot of people and companies in the agile and software development space exaggerate their capability. Certifications and big brand names don't tell you much. What really matters is experience and a commitment to ongoing learning. Asking people to explain what they would do in real scenarios. You can tell whose an expert by asking them about the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches. Don't rely on big name professional services firms and consulting firms. Invest in improving your own teams capabilities. Use an apprenticeship and mentoring system. Encourage people and teams to learn and try new things.

 

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#051 - Tony Ulwick - outcome-driven innovation

#051 - Tony Ulwick - outcome-driven innovation

August 24, 2022

Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a conversation about Outcome-Driven Innovation with Tony Ulwick. Most products fail in the market because they don't meet customers' needs better than the alternatives. To succeed, we need to study the problem that customers are trying to solve, the process they use to solve it and the metrics they use to measure success. When we understand the job to be done and the outcomes to achieve, we can design a product that meets those outcomes significantly better than our competitors and be sure to win in the marketplace. Product Design, Innovation, Jobs to be done, Customer Research.

 

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#050 - Debbie Levitt - ux design

#050 - Debbie Levitt - ux design

August 12, 2022

Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a conversation about UX design with Debbie Levitt. UX Design is research based information architecture and interaction design that requires deep expertise. Most agile teams are feature factories that build things that don't satisfy customers. Product Managers and Engineers don't have the skills and experience required to do good UX Design. The democratisation, decentralisation and prototype first approach advocated by Lean Startup, Lean UX and Marty Cagan is garbage. Design Thinking is light weight rubbish that doesn't work. Agile doesn't work for Design. UX Design should be done by UX experts in a functional team of at least five that works alongside product and engineering in a tri track agile approach.

This interview is much longer than usual because Debbie asked us to do minimal editing to allow her to fully express her views.

 

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#049 - Tom Gilb - software metrics

#049 - Tom Gilb - software metrics

July 29, 2022

Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a conversation about Software Metrics with Tom Gilb. Tom Gilb inspired the authors of the Agile manifesto with his innovative incremental and scientific approach to Software Engineering. In this podcast we talk about Evo and Value Agile. Defining your scope with objectives and success metrics. How to measure anything. Why feature backlogs are a waste of time. Being laser focused on outcomes. How to deliver as much value as possible in the time and budget available.

 

Tom has kindly offered free access to podcast listeners to a raft of his books.  Find a list of download links here:

https://agiledata.io/podcast/no-nonsense-agile-podcast/software-metrics/

 

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#048 - Todd Lankford - agile anti patterns

#048 - Todd Lankford - agile anti patterns

July 22, 2022

Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a conversation about agile anti patterns with Todd Lankford. Patterns are common solutions to common problems. They may be good, bad or neutral. Agile anti patterns are solutions that make it harder for agile teams to achieve the goal. The top anti patterns are: unrealistic arbitrary deadlines, functional silos and managers who dont listen to or support their teams. Other anti patterns. Pattern languages and pattern libraries.

 

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https://ktlankford.medium.com/, Murray via email or Shane in the Twitter-sphere  @shagility.

 

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#047 - Erik de Bos - agile as a paradigm shift

#047 - Erik de Bos - agile as a paradigm shift

July 15, 2022

Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a conversation about Agile as a paradigm shift with Erik de Bos. Most organisations are slow moving bureaucracies defined by authoritarian hierarchies, rules and contracts. Agile is a completely new way of thinking and a new vocabulary which makes new concepts and information available. Agile is part of a broader social movement that's about workplace democracy, experimentation, change, empowerment, decentralisation and local ownership that is changing how our society works for the better. Its an evolution that produces organisations that are fast, flexible and lean. And in an uncertain and rapidly changing international world nimble organizations are far more likely to survive and grow than traditional bureaucracies.

 

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#046 - Team skills vs roles

#046 - Team skills vs roles

July 8, 2022

Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a conversation about effective agile product teams. Business people and technical people work together daily in one long-lasting customer-focused team. Roles vs Skills. The power of words. Do titles create hierarchy and functional silos within the team? T-shaped people. Should everyone be a developer? Are specialised roles useful? Specialists need to be on the team all the way through. Should people be paid the same and treated the same? Long-lasting product teams vs project teams. The best requirements, architecture and design come from self-managed teams. Servant leadership vs hierarchy. Teams have multiple leaders. One united product team across vendors and organisations.

 

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#045 - Staffan Noetberg - agile and flow

#045 - Staffan Noetberg - agile and flow

July 1, 2022

Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a conversation with Staffan Noteberg about Agile and Flow. Agile is about adapting to unexpected change. Coaches should be practitioners. Speed up your feedback loop. Set the goal and let the team get on with it. Monotasking. Set up the environment to reduce interruptions. Start small, get things working and scale out. The problem with SAFE. We need to focus more on the interactions between people. Informal networks resolve dependencies faster. Use tools to build your network while working remotely.

 

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