Philly ETE 2022 — About Trees, Agility, and Me — Linda Rising

Abstract I don’t know about you, but I spent a lot of 2020 walking with my husband outdoors. We are fortunate to have miles of walking trails in our community and even during the most severe lockdown, we were able to log over four miles a day. I know the scientific evidence for being outside … Read More

Philly ETE 2017 #21 – Modern Agile: Taking Agile Back – Tim Ottinger

Some organizations have implemented a brand of “agile” which is full of ceremonies, conformance, compliance, and standardization; a heavyweight process that was never intended by original Agilists. Instead, we re-invigorate agility by (re)turning to values which focus teams on outcomes instead of outputs create a culture that welcomes teamwork and healthy confrontation support continuous learning … Read More

Philly ETE 2017 #20 – Perfections and the Business Cycle – David A. Black

Poet and critic Paul Valéry got to the heart of the relationship between art and business when he wrote, in 1922, “[For lovers of perfection], a work is never finished…but abandoned,” the act of abandonment being “the result of weariness or an obligation to deliver.” We software developers are, in the main, lovers of perfection–and … Read More

Philly ETE 2016 #29 – Doc Norton – Agile Metrics: Velocity is NOT the Goal

Doc walks us through the Hawthorne Effect and Goodhart’s Law to explain why setting goals for velocity can actually hurt a project’s chances. Take a look at what can negatively impact velocity, ways to stabilize fluctuating velocity, and methods to improve velocity without the risks. Leave with a toolkit of additional metrics that, coupled with velocity, give a better view of the project’s overall health.

Philly ETE 2016 #26 – Martin Snyder – Delivering Agile Methodologies and Emerging Technologies in Hostile Environments

Innovating in such environments can be a challenge, but it is both personally and professionally rewarding to do so. In examining the motivations behind these hostile cultures, we can see patterns and opportunities where individuals or teams of developers can serve two masters and deploy cutting-edge technologies and techniques while still honoring both the spirit and the letter of a myriad of restrictions.

Philly ETE 2016 #25 – Leigh Ann Shaffner – Agile HR

Agile HR represents a new, emerging way for HR to partner with their leaders and people. The paradigm is shifting from one of controls and standards to a new level of engagement – one that focuses on the facilitation and improvement of organizational agility. This means helping to build and drive programs that create adaptability, foster innovation, provide transparency, and inspire collaboration. Building on these principles, Comcast’s Technology + Product team is reimagining Performance Management. We are an innovative and agile organization and we are transforming our Performance Management approach to reflect our culture, provide real-time feedback, and develop our most important resources – our talent.

Philly ETE 2016 #17 – Scott Ambler – Agility At Scale: Practical and Tactical Approaches

This talk describes, step-by-step, how to evolve from today’s vision of agile software development to a truly disciplined agile enterprise. It briefly examines the state of mainstream agile software development and argues for the need for a more disciplined approach to agile delivery that provides a solid foundation from which to scale. It then explores what it means to scale disciplined agile strategies tactically at the project/product level and strategically across your IT organization as a whole. Your disciplined agile IT strategy, along with a lean business strategy, are key enablers of a full-fledged disciplined agile enterprise. The talk ends with advice for how to make this challenging organizational transition.

Philly ETE 2016 #13 – Johanna Rothman – Agile Hiring: It’s a Team Sport

You can apply agile approaches to your hiring, iterating on everything. You can get feedback as you go, and involve the entire team, including the sourcing. You can teach your recruiters to use a kanban board to track candidates and where they are in the pipeline. You can iterate on the job description (and job ad) based on what you see in candidates. When you involve the entire team, you can create questions and auditions that work for you. You can identify candidates who fit your culture and those who don’t. This session is a timeboxed interactive workshop. Be prepared to experiment and learn. Let’s make your hiring more agile.