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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
    • 4.7 • 22 Ratings

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.

    Minimum Viable Airlines

    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



    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


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


    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
    The Developer Experience Manifesto

    The Developer Experience Manifesto

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



    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


    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
    Chaotic and Confusing

    Chaotic and Confusing

    Scaled Agile and the similarities between hair styling and agilist.

    The Picks


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



    Pros and Cons of Scaled Agile



    Rocketbook Beacons



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

    • 50 min
    Inconsistent at Best

    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.


    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


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


    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


    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
    Skinny Agile

    Skinny Agile


    Marriage Workshop
    Skinny Agile


    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



    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/


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

    • 1 hr
    Alone in the Ring

    Alone in the Ring

    Jason and Amos in a steel cage match of death.



    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


    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

4.7 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Perldork ,

Unclog your thinking and infuse your brain with fresh ideas!

For anyone who's actively involved in collaborate software development or operations / devops, this podcast is really enlightening. I get a regular infusion of new ways of thinking about team-based development from it. They also have a Slack channel that has a growing user base and some very interesting discussions.

Nsticco ,

Needs better examples, less truisms

I am basing this review on the two featured episodes as of Nov 2018 and a couple of other partial episodes.

The podcast frequently descends into buzzwords. 12 Days of Agile is structured around highlighting single generic words like “team” from a manifesto. Few actionable steps are provided.

The hosts frequently disagree with each other like they have something to prove. “Well, I did it this way once and it worked.” It doesn’t feel like there’s something useful for the audience to take away in these moments. Examples frequently lack implementation details.

A lot of points just felt like truisms: “Agile means facing reality”. As opposed to what? Bad management still tries to create value for real customers, it just sometimes fails somewhere along the way. To act like those managers aren’t even trying to be efficient, face reality, work as a team, etc, is silly.

arni_gudj ,

Best agile show out there

Highly recommend for anybody trying to more agile and looking for ways to get your team to the next level. Awesome, nuff said!

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