4 Agile Interviews to Watch – Neotys Testing Roundup

1. The Guessing Game – Alternatives to Agile Estimation and the #NoEstimates Debate

The inaugural Agile Singapore Conference was held in March and focused on producing software. In this video, Neil Killick goes over alternatives to Agile Estimation and exposes the risks inherent to the estimation culture, proposing practical alternatives for the project and spring level.

Killick is a passionate Agile and Lean thinker, blogger, speaker and helper. He provides coaching, training, project/product management and business analysis services to organizations who are looking to become more effective at delivering the right software while creating more humane, happy workplaces.

2. Agile UX: Is Agile from Mars and UX from Venus?

The Agile Tour London is one of many conferences that are a part of the Global Agile Tour. The conference focuses on creating a world-wide network of local agile events open to everyone interested in Agile.

In this video, Carl Myhill highlights the key elements that a UX Design process and an Agile process have in common, providing practical tips on how to make them work together. Myhill has been a UX designer for over 20 years and has worked in industries including Water, GIS, Power Generation, Education, Police, Forestry and Investment Banking. Steve Hayes led his first XP project in 1999 and has focused on delivering business value using Agile techniques ever since. This has included turnkey development, agile consulting, and founding Cogent Consulting.

3. Agility is the Tool, Not the Master

“BUILD STUFF” Conference is a Software Development Conference created for developers, team leaders, software architects and technical project managers.

In this keynote, Tom Gilb talks about agility, outlining ten principles and his own values for Agile value delivery. Gilb is the author of nine published books, including ‘Competitive Engineering’ and ‘Principles of Software Engineering Management.’ Research (Larman, Southampton University) has determined that Glib was the earliest published source campaigning for Agile methods (Evo) for IT and Software (1960).

4. Interview with Tobias Mayer about the People’s Scrum and AgileLib

The people’s Scrum by Tobias Mayer is a collection of essays based on material written between 2005 and 2012.
The essays describe agile ideas and practices and some examples of the topics covered are self-organizing, team working, craftsmanship, technical debt, estimation, retrospectives, culture and Scrum adoption.

InfoQ interviewed Tobias about the importance of people, teams and self organization with Scrum and about AgileLib.net, a new initiative for sharing agile resources.

Here is a preview of the questions asked:

  • What in your opinion is Scrum (and what isn’t Scrum)?
  • If both people and teams are important in Scrum, is one more important than the other?
  • How could an environment for self-organization look?

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