126 episodes

Agile software development is a mix of best practices and philosophical tenants. But there is a big difference between the ideal situations and what developers face in the real world. This Agile Life talks with some of the best in the business about the challenges of software engineering and how real world solutions can bring the promise of Agile methodologies to your software projects.

This Agile Life John Sextro

    • Technology

Agile software development is a mix of best practices and philosophical tenants. But there is a big difference between the ideal situations and what developers face in the real world. This Agile Life talks with some of the best in the business about the challenges of software engineering and how real world solutions can bring the promise of Agile methodologies to your software projects.

    Episode 147: Minimum Viable Airlines

    Episode 147: Minimum Viable Airlines

    Items necessary for "Minimum Viable Airlines" and your "Minimum Viable Project". These are the items that we agreed we would need before embarking on a project together. Do you have all of these before you begin a project?



    Destination - Project Vision
    Altitude - Depth of backlog
    Location - Progress (working software)
    Airspeed - Speed of delivery and speed constraints
    Fuel - Stories
    Captain or pilot - A leader
    Black box - Project data or metrics
    Landing gear - A clear and well worn path to prod
    Good flight procedures - Working agreements
    FAA flight time restrictions for pilots - Sustainable pace
    Logbook - Source control
    Emergency slide - Good enough or a safe way to end a project on short notice


    Picks

    Jason


    Podcasting Innovation - it’s amazing how much has changed in the last 7+ years, thanks to all the people & companies that have created
    Goats to Go - www.goatsonthego.com - you can poop out the back of the airplane
    The Red Rubber Ball at Work - by Kevin Carroll - a fun book on practical strategies and why you should inject more fun into the workplace - http://kevincarrollkatalyst.com/books
    TV shows you can watch that Jason likes:
    Why Planes Crash
    Airline Repo


    John


    Uncle Bob, professionalism in software development and the future of programming, https://youtu.be/LmRl0D-RkPU


    Craig


    Waverunners
    Vacation from your vacation
    China Airlines Flight 006, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Airlines_Flight_006
    Nuclear and radiation accidents and incidents, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_and_radiation_accidents_and_incidents

    • 58 min
    Episode 146: The Developer Experience Manifesto

    Episode 146: The Developer Experience Manifesto

    Join the guys as they, on the fly, create the Developer Experience Manifesto


    Picks

    Jason


    Book - “Exactly What to Say: The Magic Words of Influence & Impact” by Phil Jones - great insights and straights on how many of the simple things we say (including on this podcast) impact how people perceive and respond to what we say as agilists - https://www.philmjones.com/exactly/
    Product (for virtual teams) Sococo - Provides a virtual office with different spaces for team collaboration, pairing, or solo work - creates the experience where people working virtually can drop in - www.sococo.com
    Live Event - Agile Midwest 2019 - Come hang out in the “Agile Lounge” to discuss advanced agile topics or attend any of the other 40+ sessions on the program - www.agilemidwest.org


    John


    Three Amigos, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092086/
    WWT Software Development podcast episode on the Virtual Office, https://wwtapps.podbean.com/e/virtual-office-1563125261/
    John's relatively new podcast, Dalio's Principles: A Philosophical Examination, https://daliosprinciples.fireside.fm/

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 145: Chaotic and Confusing

    Episode 145: Chaotic and Confusing

    Scaled Agile and the similarities between hair styling and agilist.


    The Picks

    Craig


    New version of git, introducing git switch and git restore:


    https://github.blog/2019-08-16-highlights-from-git-2-23/



    Lee


    Pros and Cons of Scaled Agile


    https://www.qasymphony.com/blog/pros-cons-scaled-agile-framework-safe/



    Amos


    Rocketbook Beacons


    https://getrocketbook.com/pages/beacons-how-it-works



    John


    https://daliosprinciples.fireside.fm/ My new podcast Dalio’s Principles: A Philosophical Examination

    • 50 min
    Episode 144: Inconsistent at Best

    Episode 144: Inconsistent at Best

    In this thrilling episode of This Agile Life, Jason asks for advice from Craig, Amos and Lee on what kind of metrics development teams can provide so there is some level of predictability as to new when features will be available to users or potential customers.


    Craig


    I Estimate this Talk will be 20 Minutes Long, Give or Take 10 Minutes by Noel Rappin, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBMwT53oGsM
    Concolic testing, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concolic_testing
    * Concolic = concrete + symbolic


    Lee


    #NoEstimates Project Planning Using Monte Carlo Simulation, https://www.infoq.com/articles/noestimates-monte-carlo/
    ActionableAgile, https://actionableagile.com/


    Amos


    Agile and Beyond - Tom Churchwell, http://agileandbeyond.com
    Code Craftsman Saturdays - Bob Allen, http://codecraftsmansaturdays.blogspot.com
    Ford Agile Coaches - They are hiring agile craftsman who want to pair and do TDD email Fadi at fkhoury@ford.com
    Give and Take - Adam Grant, https://www.adamgrant.net/give-and-take


    Jason


    Book - Lynn Cazaly - Visual Mojo – Learn how drawing can be easy and fun & Agile 2019 keynote speaker - https://www.amazon.com/Visual-Mojo-Express-Lynne-Cazaly/dp/0987462911
    Video - Brene Brown – Netflix Special: Call to Courage – Learn how shame and vulnerability impact you and your team and what you can do about it – https://www.netflix.com/title/81010166
    Event - Agile Midwest Call For Papers Round Two (Sept 25/26 in St. Louis, MO) – Congrats to our first round selections but it’s not too late to submit your idea to share OR improve your submission if you weren’t selected – www.agilemidwest.org

    • 1 hr
    Episode 143: Skinny Agile

    Episode 143: Skinny Agile

    Topics


    Marriage Workshop
    Skinny Agile


    Commandments:


    Working software, delivered in short intervals (weekly or more often)
    Every story has to be deployed when it’s finished
    Every story has to be valuable (to the stakeholders) and observable




    Picks

    Craig



    Jessica Kerr’s talk about Opera at Agile: Deliver, https://www.agilealliance.org/resources/sessions/the-origins-of-opera-and-the-future-of-programming-jessica-kerr/


    John



    This is 40, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1758830/

    • 1 hr
    Episode 142: Alone in the Ring

    Episode 142: Alone in the Ring

    Jason and Amos in a steel cage match of death.


    Picks

    Tice



    Live Event - Play For Agile NA - September 26 - 29, 2019 - Corwall, ON - Multi-Day Open Space conference focused on collaboration for high performing teams - theme this year is: Growing Empathy through Play - https://play4agilenorthamerica.com/
    Elevation of Privilege - Card Game for Threat Modeling - Open Source thanks to Microsoft - Model Your Threats - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20303


    Amos



    GigCity Elixir - October 17-19, Chattanooga, TN, https://www.gigcityelixir.com/
    Property-Based Testing with PropEr, Erlang, and Elixir: Find Bugs Before Your Users Do by Fred Hebert, https://pragprog.com/book/fhproper/property-based-testing-with-proper-erlang-and-elixir
    Behind Human Error by a bunch of people, https://www.amazon.com/Behind-Human-Error-David-Woods/dp/0754678342

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

HarrisLRachel ,

Entertaining and educational

I listen to the podcast as soon as it's available and I feel more and more in touch with the current agile styles and how different teams overcome the day to day challenges of working with software and having customers.

b$boy ,

Good podcast if you want to learn agile

I only started to learn about agile from about the beginning of this year (2015) as we were looking to implement scum for a couple of development teams at my work. Was really trying to find a scrum podcast but this turned out to be much better since it covers all the topics of agile more broadly (which are all applicable to scrum anyway). Hosts are very informative and entertaining to listen to. I have gone through first 50 episodes already

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