Tag Archives: agile development

17135: The Agile Board


Agility begins at home. Or more to the point, it begins with the board. Too often, companies are organized conventionally and then the CEO tries to make the Agile by applying various tricks and procedures. As Vinny argues in today’s episode, you really need to start at the top, think of the company as a whole, and start by understanding the claims and obligations of all parties.

It is a little crazy, we do admit, to build a company for an 8-year-old Entrepreneur. But it is not crazy to ask how your CEO will grow into the leadership demands of the organization.



Evelyn-the-Business-Manager: Margaux Amie

Sully-from-Poliy & PR: Josh LaForce

Vinny-the-CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Penelope-the-Principal: Debbon Ayer

Maddie-the-8-year-old-Entrepreneur: Zoe Anastassiou

Delores Payne-Perkins: Margaux Amie


17125: How do we learn to code?


We’re actually asking the bigger question. How do we learn anything? Do we learn form experts? From Teachers? From each other? There is a lot of evidence that we learn technical skills from each other, from peers who know little more than we do. Sure, there are classes and textbooks and formal lessons. However, the computer field has given us many examples that we learn the most from people who are learning just like us.

The week we introduce Katerena Kuksenok, our in house expert on learning to code. Dr. Kuksenok is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle and is now employed by SAP in Berlin. Her work looks at the processes we use to teach ourselves to code.




Episode 16130: Know Your Context



Is there an Agile Governance? We think of Agile development as occurring on the project or operations level. Yet projects take place in a bigger context, one that is shaped by boards and financing and strategies. In this episode, the How We Manage Stuff talks about how the “ravings of filthy rich ego-maniacs” shape his work and ultimately the work of a company as well.

This episode introduces Tom Woteki as Gerald the Board Chair.


Background: Context Maps
Context Map
A Context Map lets you begin converging on the top eight themes or dimensions of a particular topic or opportunity space.  By knowing these dimensions, you can ask the right questions that prompt a more informed search for promising innovation opportunities.
You can find more  about this tool in Tamara Carleton’s Playbook for Strategic Foresight and Innovation .
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Gerald-the-Board-Chair’s application of the Context Map

Episode 15316: Binge on a new Idea



Anna-the-Intern one more substitutes for the missing hosts and introduces this binge episode that incorporates the three episodes that started the discussion on Agile methods & Management:


210: What’s in a name?

220: What is new about Agile?

230: The Agile Manifesto



Episode 260: What you see is what you get


It’s an old truism, old, that is, for the high tech world. Our development teams look like our software architectures. What does this mean for us and our work? What is the Agile response to this idea? The general approach by Agile promotes self-organization but this may not always be the best idea.



Episode 250: Eye on the Goal


Agile is not only supposed to be fast, it is supposed to follow the ideas of the users and yet, those users can change their ideas. This episodes deals with how we can design a good product when the goals for that product may not be fixed.



Episode 240: How Fast is Fast Enough?


It’s supposed to be fast. At least, we are supposed to think of Agile methods as fast. A new build every week, every day, every hour (if possible). But speed is more a tool than than an end. Furthermore, how you use the speed depends on what you are trying to achieve.



Episode 220: What’s New About Agile


What is new to Agile Development. Much and little. We return to Silicon Valley’s Lillian M. Gilbreth Preschool for the Young Innovative Entrepreneur to learn a little more about the nature of how we manage software and handle projects. tamara also gives us a little strength training to get to the root of the issue.