This Agile Life

This Agile Life

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A podcast about what it’s like to be Agile in the real world.


144: Inconsistent at Best
Jul 18 • 60 min
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…
143: Skinny Agile
May 30 • 60 min
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…
142: Alone in the Ring
May 9 • 49 min
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…
141: Letting People Be Vulnerable
May 2 • 45 min
What to do when team members don’t want to follow the established team rules? How to deal with your emotions getting the better of you? How Craig prefers to work Introverted, but likes to work with people Thinking out loud OK with taking criticism in…
140: Squad, Squad, Squad, Squad
Mar 21 • 42 min
How to tell how well your team is doing Happiness Productivity Informed (communication) Needed a break? Learned/improved? How many times did you feel pain? Trust Feeling important/useful Self-organizing Have you tried “all” the Agile practices? Amos: team…
138: Dirty Diapers
Feb 21 • 40 min
137: Geological Separation
Jan 31 • 48 min
Picks John test && commit || revert with Kent Beck on https://hanselminutes.com/663/test-commit-revert-with-kent-beck GTD, for $1.99 https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Things-Done-Stress-Free-Productivity-ebook/dp/B00KWG9M2E Amos GullyTown Double Barrel Aged…
136: Natural Flow
Jan 24 • 47 min
Picks Craig A critique of “the 5 whys” (not the one I saw recently, but similar) Office Space scenes with the real Michael Bolton Alchian-Allen effect Amos People Paper Getting Things Done - David Allen
135: Shower Standup
Jan 28, 2018 • 48 min
Links Agile Connection Subway Map to Agile Practices Picks Craig Doug DeMuro car videos Auto Trader column called Oversteer Music without lyrics, but that I like 2Cellos Harp Twins Lee Agile Connection Bonus pick not mentioned in the show John 2017 Top 66…
134: Ideas to Increase Agility in 2018
Jan 15, 2018 • 51 min
Special Guests Don Peters Marc Chouinard Topics Real-Time Team Improvements Setting Clear Objectives, Goals, and Working Agreements Try Pair Testing in 2018 Find Your Personal Impact / Motivation Picks Liftoff (Book) by Diana Larsen & Ainsley Nies –…
133: Agile Tribal Council
Oct 22, 2017 • 53 min
Topics Leadership by example Picks Craig Clean Architecture by Robert “Uncle Bob” Martin Building Evolutionary Architectures by Neal Ford and Rebecca Parsons John The Mother of All Demos, presented by Douglas Engelbart 1968 The Five Dysfunctions of a Team…
132: Stockholm Syndrome
Oct 8, 2017 • 51 min
Discussion The standardization of agile process across an organization. Picks Lee 22 Scrum Master Anti-Patterns from Job Ads, blog post by Stefan Wolpers Nate Mellowcreme pumpkins The Greatest Generation Amos (channeling Tice) ACM Code of Ethics and…
131: Great Bathtubs
Oct 1, 2017 • 48 min
The Discussion We discuss ways that you can create a virtual "Save Point" in your project, both technically and with your relationships. Picks Nate Audible Content Exchange Lee Welcome Inn Manor - B&B in Chicago Jason Jason’s Recommended Bed & Breakfast…
130: Intelligent Monkeys
Sep 24, 2017 • 51 min
Picks Amos Moon Monkey - Ginger Beer from Saint Louis’ Urban Chestnut Quixir - Property-based testing in Elixir Lee Artillery - performance testing tool Testing Pyramid - from Martin Fowler Craig Ansible Server builds/configs My server configs Linux or…
129: What Happened
Sep 17, 2017 • 64 min
Links Maslow’s Hierarchy Needs Picks Jason The DevOps Lego Chocolate Game - a great way to learn about DevOps practices and how to apply them on your team Team First Development - 3-minute Improv games to improve team dynamics, collaboration and…
128: Pickle Buckets
Aug 20, 2017 • 68 min
Recorded at the Rolla Brewpub Amos and Craig head out to a Brewery…Yes, a Brewery, and talk Josh Stacy, one of the co-owners of Public House Brewing Company. They talk about learning from our mistakes, continuous improvement, scaling, producing quality,…
127: Someone Stank
Aug 13, 2017 • 44 min
Working from Home / Pairing Suggests on how to pair Mob Programming Picks Amos Maltopia, Hermitage Brewing Strange Loop ElixirConf Elixir Rocks Craig Ruby Conf
126: Cat Killed the WiFi
Apr 24, 2017 • 38 min
Job Interviews Hiring without Whiteboards The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews from the New York Times John Krewson - Casting Casting Casting Craig's standard interview questions Picks Craig 99 Bottles of OOP by Sandi Metz and Katrina Owen I’ll be…
125: DevOps Extravaganza of Tangents
Jan 29, 2017 • 49 min
Picks Craig Supporting Open Source projects Ruby Together 5 Web Trends for 2017 Progressive Web Apps - mobile first, responsive, offline, cross-platform, Amos Elixir Daze - because I’m speaking The Commodore - Ballast Point brewer Stout All the Indiana…
124: The 12 Days of Agile
Jan 8, 2017 • 80 min
Below are the most impactful words that Craig and Jason selected from each of the 12 principles Principle #1: Delivery & Customer Principle #2: Welcome & Change Principle #3: Frequently & Shorter Principle #4: Business-People & Together Principle #5:…
123: Return of the Amos King
Dec 11, 2016 • 58 min
Amos interview David Bernstein
122: The Amos Files, Part 2
Dec 4, 2016 • 52 min
Amos King interviews Fadik Houry, Francie Van Wirkus and Ryan Ripley following their presentations at Agile Dev East
121: The Amos Files, Part 1
Nov 27, 2016 • 37 min
Amos King interviews John Krewson and David Hussman following their presentations at Agile Dev East
120: 2 Person Retro
Nov 20, 2016 • 34 min
Craig shows how to open yourself up for feedback as he and Amos discuss his recent presentation at Ruby Conf. Craig and Amos demonstrate how to do a retrospective with 2 people, and how to give and receive feedback.
119: Trust, Transparency and Truth
Oct 2, 2016 • 55 min
This presentation was recorded at Agile Gravy 2016 Trust Transparency Truth Sponsored By:Agile Dev East Promo Code: AGILELIFE
118: At the Wheelhouse (Agile Lunch)
Sep 18, 2016 • 49 min
Co-location Remote teams Measurement and measuring Sponsored By:Agile Dev East Promo Code: AGILELIFE
Quick Announcement from Amos
Aug 25, 2016 • 0 min
Look out UK. Here comes Amos!
117: Rubber Duck Effect (Scrum to Kanban)
Aug 21, 2016 • 55 min
Scrum vs. Kanban Sponsored By:Agile Dev East Promo Code: AGILELIFE
116: It’s Called a Comic Book – Pt. 2 (State of Agile)
Aug 7, 2016 • 37 min
The Version One 10th Annual State of AgileSponsored By:Agile Dev East Promo Code: AGILELIFE
115: It’s Called a Comic Book – Pt. 1 (State of Agile)
Jul 31, 2016 • 39 min
The Version One 10th Annual State of AgileSponsored By:Agile Dev East Promo Code: AGILELIFE
114: You Can’t Handle the Truth (Trust, Truth and Transparency)
Jul 24, 2016 • 54 min
Dealing with constructive criticismSponsored By:Agile Dev East Promo Code: AGILELIFE
113: Wiggly and Stabler (Return of Waterfall)
Jul 17, 2016 • 43 min
The Return of Waterfall, video from Kent Beck, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4IncnNVzMA Vision Strategy Product Design Engineering
112: Agile Dev East
Jul 10, 2016 • 19 min
Special Guest: Lee Copeland, Conference Chair at Agile Dev East Discussion Agile Dev East Program Tracks Quality Software DevOps Agile Software Training Leadership Summit Social Networking The Expo
111: Scrum (You Can’t Reason with a Methodologist)
Jul 3, 2016 • 50 min
Special Guest: Dave West, Product Owner at Scrum.org Discusses
110: Silver Search (Trouble with POs)
Jun 26, 2016 • 46 min
Problems in communication and the behavior of a PO
109: Slack Dander (Fallacies of Software Developers)
May 22, 2016 • 62 min
Todd Kaufman, Test Double Discussion Fallacies of Software Developers (Todd Kaufman’s presentation at Agile and Beyond 2016)
108: The Empathy Toy (Agile Technical Conf)
Apr 12, 2016 • 60 min
Agile Technical Conference April 2016 – Raleigh, NC From Agile Alliance
107: Ypsilanti Safe Space (Amplify Learning)
Mar 20, 2016 • 55 min
Lean Principle – Amplify Learning: what is it? How do I do it?
106: A Drove of Asses (Team Cohesion)
Mar 13, 2016 • 45 min
Team Cohesion Forming, storming, norming, performing Leading from the back of the room Shared vision Pairing on story writing
105: Elevator Retrospective
Jan 31, 2016 • 60 min
Diana Larsen, co-author of “Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great” visited St. Louis and held an opening gathering at a local agile meetup group. Some of our regular hosts from ThisAgileLife attended this event and took note of the following…
104: Chasing another Dragon (Too Reactive)
Jan 17, 2016 • 47 min
Released Sunday, January 17, 2016 Hosts: Amos King, Craig Buchek and John Sextro Discussion Too reactive to requests 7 Righteous fights Picks Amos Glenmorangie – The Quinta Ruban – 12 year single malt scotch finished in a port barrel New programming…
103: Chasing the Dragon (Giving Thanks for Agile)
Nov 29, 2015 • 56 min
Things we’re thankful for about agile
102: We’re more similar than we know (Feedback Game)
Oct 11, 2015 • 57 min
Playing the feedback game
101: Don’t Make Mud (Tech Debt)
Sep 27, 2015 • 54 min
Technical Debt Quote “Software is never finished” Phases of a project Race to market MVP MMF Growth
100: First Agile Experience
Sep 21, 2015 • 112 min
Yay! We made it to 100!!!! The hosts sit down to share their first experiences with agile.
99: (Dealing with Negativity) Puns Everywhere
Sep 13, 2015 • 47 min
How to deal with negativity on a team Good naked and bad naked, Seinfeld reference
98: (Aug. 2015 Agile LINC) Automate, Automate
Sep 6, 2015 • 42 min
Craig Buchek and Jason Tice both attended the August 2015 St. Louis Agile LINC user group meeting
97: (Agile 2015 Wrap-up) Podcasting at a non-sustainable pace
Aug 16, 2015 • 40 min
Jason Tice and Natalie Simonsen Discussion Now that the Agile2015 conference has concluded, join Natalie Simonsen and Jason Tice for a round-robin discussion of their key take-aways and themes from the week
96: (Agile 2015 – Friday) I like Big Boards
Aug 10, 2015 • 40 min
Stephen Vance shares highlights from the multi-team agile framework he has put in place at his organization with Natalie and Renee.
95: (Agile 2015 – Wednesday) That’s a Wiener
Aug 7, 2015 • 39 min
ThisAgileLife celebrated a “winning” episode recorded immediately after guest Dan Parker and Jason Tice won prizes at the Agile2015 “Night at the Museums” vendor raffle event. Jason and Dan were joined by Melanie Hopwood and Charles Elsner (also attending…
94: (Agile 2015) Booth Bitch vs. the Cucumber Guy
Aug 6, 2015 • 34 min
Natalie and Jason were joined by Agile2015 conference attendees including Renee Troughton, Rich Rose Hemlock and Joe Naumann to reflect on the second day of the conference and share a few learnings from the sessions they attended.
93: (Agile 2015) Agile Bangers & Mash
Aug 5, 2015 • 30 min
Natalie and Jason were joined by Agile2015 conference attendees Rose Hemlock and Joe Naumann to reflect on the first day of the conference and share a few learnings from the sessions they attended
92: (Agile 2015 Kickoff) Don’t Leave Your Children Unattended on the Balcony
Aug 3, 2015 • 24 min
Agile 2015 Kickoff
91: (Lean Coffee) Version 1 Spy
Jul 26, 2015 • 65 min
“Lean Coffee” discussion with several regular ThisAgileLife hosts
90: (9th Annual State of Agile Survey) “MMWAP” – Making money with agile processes
Jul 19, 2015 • 93 min
Our annual tradition of providing insights and commentary based upon the 9th annual state of agile survey
89: (Wishful Planning) Don’t be an agile hoarder
Jul 12, 2015 • 52 min
Join Natalie, Nate and Jason for a discussion about “Wishful planning”
88: (Commitment to Value) Diabetes Waiting to Happen
Jun 28, 2015 • 61 min
Wes Higbee (Full City Tech) author of Commitment To Value: How to make technical projects worthwhile.
87: (Change Leadership) A Sense of Urgency
Jun 14, 2015 • 69 min
Lee, Craig and Jason for a discussion on John Kotter’s ideas about “Change Leadership”
86: (Centralized Agile Coaching) Questatement
May 31, 2015 • 48 min
Central teams consisting of coaches as a barrier to organizational learning
85: (Agile Games 2015) The Theater of the Oppressed
May 24, 2015 • 51 min
Agile Games 2015 Recap and Review
84: (Product Ownership) That One Looks Delicious
May 17, 2015 • 51 min
Product Owners and their product vision, or lack there of
83: (Pros/Cons of Testing & TDD) The Price is Right
May 3, 2015 • 64 min
When should we do TDD?
82: (Agile Games) I’m Famous on this Podcast
Apr 26, 2015 • 59 min
Special guest Renee Troughton
81: (Scrum Master Anti-Patterns) Anarcho-syndicalist commune
Apr 19, 2015 • 63 min
2015 Agile Indy conference entitled “The Scrum Master IS The Impediment”
80: Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich (Live Coaching)
Apr 12, 2015 • 65 min
Times when you shouldn’t test your code.
79: March Metaphor Madness (Celebrate as a Team)
Apr 5, 2015 • 52 min
Celebrate as a Team
78: Squirrels (Team Practices)
Mar 29, 2015 • 61 min
Round Robin Discussion
77: Sniffleupagus (Hardware)
Mar 22, 2015 • 44 min
Hardware The intersection between software and hardware on agile teams
76: Contrivance of Humans (#NoEstimates)
Mar 15, 2015 • 68 min
No Estimates
75: Sass Factor (Managing Up)
Mar 8, 2015 • 58 min
Managing Up
74: Perfect Rundown (Working the Board)
Mar 1, 2015 • 56 min
Working the Board
73: In a World (No BAs / No SMs)
Feb 15, 2015 • 54 min
We don’t need Scrum Masters and Business Analysts In the future agile teams will optimize around 2 roles, PO and Engineer
72: Lawyer’s worst nightmare (Continuous Improvement)
Feb 1, 2015 • 57 min
How much time is considered healthy for an agile team to spend improving themselves?
71: Woo, I Smell Somethin’ (Stories & Prioritization)
Jan 18, 2015 • 63 min
Driving teams to small stories Cards “Twitter sized” stories
70: Horrible Waste of Space (Open Space Floor Plans)
Jan 11, 2015 • 56 min
Open Floor Plan Offices
69: Wookiees and Cookies (Ops. Review & Incentives)
Dec 28, 2014 • 52 min
Raising our Podcast Assurance
68: Just Dance Jason (Collaboration)
Dec 14, 2014 • 43 min
Let’s talk about collaboration in a large group, and what happens to a group’s ability to build / maintain a mental model as it becomes larger
67: Death by Charts (Code Coverage)
Nov 23, 2014 • 51 min
The holy practice of measuring code coverage
66: Standups
Nov 16, 2014 • 47 min
Effective standups Purpose all about communication and commitment not about status updates
65: Checklists (Education & Code Reviews)
Nov 3, 2014 • 66 min
College/University what they should teach? Code Reviews Do you need to do code reviews when pairing? How much time should you spend on a code review?
64: Anything that is Sacred is Not Agile (Scrum)
Oct 5, 2014 • 69 min
Why Scrum Should Basically Just Die in a Fire
63: A Team of A-Holes (Servant Leadership)
Sep 21, 2014 • 61 min
Demystifying Servant Leadership
62: Death Rattle
Sep 14, 2014 • 60 min
When agility starts to fail
61: I’m Still Being a Jerk (Bullying in the Workplace)
Sep 7, 2014 • 57 min
Bullying in the workplace
60: Wine Will Fix My Problems (Following Through on your Retros)
Aug 31, 2014 • 54 min
Capturing Retro Notes
59: Center of Amos Excellence (Writing Stories)
Aug 24, 2014 • 57 min
Writing great stories
58: Splitting, Slicing and Breaking Down Stories
Aug 3, 2014 • 44 min
The importance of slicing stories
57: I’ve Got a Story to Tell Ya (PMs in Agile)
Jul 20, 2014 • 58 min
How do Product Owners Fit on a Team
56: Talking Out of Both Ends (Product Ownership)
Jul 13, 2014 • 57 min
How do Product Owners Fit on a Team
Happy July 4th
Jul 6, 2014 • 0 min
Released Sunday, July 6th, 2014 Hosts: John Sextro Happy July 4th The show will return to its regular schedule on Sunday, July 13, 2014
55: They Can’t All Be Blockbusters
Jun 29, 2014 • 48 min
Is the “whole team approach” attainable?
54: Tice is Immune to Sarcasm (Good to Great)
Jun 22, 2014 • 52 min
Agile…Good to Great John’s Recommendation
53: Gnat Crap Chart (Agile Practices)
Jun 15, 2014 • 60 min
Agile Practices
52: This Agile Gaming Life on the Charles River (Agile Games 2014)
Jun 8, 2014 • 52 min
Agile Games 2014 Jason summarizing the games session by Chris Simms and Laura Powers
51: I Do Run From Chickens (Adopting Agile)
Jun 1, 2014 • 46 min
Adopting Agile
50: Tice Doesn’t Have a Dirty Bone in His Body (Improving ThisAgileLife)
May 25, 2014 • 50 min
A self-facilitated retrospective on what we have learned doing the last 50 episodes of ThisAgileLife.
49: Amos on Fire (Feature Prioritization)
May 18, 2014 • 51 min
Feature Prioritization
48: Let the Boom Boom Through (Building Teams)
May 11, 2014 • 58 min
Building Teams
47: Be Controversial (TDD)
May 4, 2014 • 42 min
TDD
46: Rough Sketch of Your Mom (Approval Tests)
Apr 27, 2014 • 60 min
Origins of Approval Tests Architecture of Approval Tests
45: 50 Shades of Metric Grey
Apr 20, 2014 • 52 min
Database Migrations
44: I Like Habits
Apr 13, 2014 • 41 min
Dealing with Blocks
43: It’s Just Semantics, But Semantics Mean Everything
Apr 6, 2014 • 58 min
Discussion with JB Rainsberger
42: We Can All Just Get Along (Mob Programming)
Mar 30, 2014 • 56 min
Mob Programming
41: Dave Gave Me Goosebumps
Mar 23, 2014 • 55 min
Dave Gave Me Goosebumps
40: Tice is the Reason I Drink (TDD, Pairing and Mobbing )
Mar 16, 2014 • 66 min
TDD, Pairing and Mobbing
39: Do not as I do (Sustainable Pace)
Mar 9, 2014 • 23 min
Sustainable Pace
38: Don’t be a Douchebag
Mar 2, 2014 • 66 min
10 Commandments of Egoless Programming
37: Let’s Pretty Sh!t Up
Feb 23, 2014 • 55 min
Technical Debt
36: A Larger 3%
Feb 16, 2014 • 70 min
State of Agile 2013
35: Spam Amos (Splitting Stories)
Feb 9, 2014 • 61 min
Splitting Stories
34: So I have a rational fear of spiders (Introspectives)
Feb 2, 2014 • 38 min
Introspectives, defined
33: Wanted Posters (Retrospectives)
Jan 26, 2014 • 58 min
“Getting Value Out of Agile Retrospectives“, by Ben Linders and Luis Gonçalves “With plenty of exercises for your retrospective toolbox, this book will help you to become more proficient in doing retrospectives, and to get more value out of them
32: Location, Location, Location
Jan 19, 2014 • 61 min
The 3 Faces of Environment You were saying that Agile resonated with you because it reminded you of kindergarten?
31: Physical versus Digital Work Boards
Jan 12, 2014 • 54 min
Pros and Cons of Physical and Digital Work Boards Digital Pros Easily shared and viewed by many Automatic metric capture Cycle Time Cumulative Flow Velocity Trend Analysis Etc.
30: People Work Here (2014 Predictions)
Jan 5, 2014 • 70 min
2014 Predictions regarding the Human Side of Agile
Holiday 2013
Dec 29, 2013 • 0 min
Happy Holidays from This Agile Life. The next episode will be released on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
29: Yesterday Me was an Idiot (Pair Switching)
Dec 22, 2013 • 52 min
Recorded Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Hosts: John Sextro, Amos King, and Craig Buchek Pair Switching Pairing, in general How to pair switch Using a “Pair-a-mid” to track pairings How to rotate pairs Length of pair sessions 1 week, 2 day, 1 day, half-day,…
28: The Incentive is the Freedom (Too Big)
Dec 15, 2013 • 57 min
What is Too Big for a Team
27: That’s Some Nasty Kool-Aid (Product Owners)
Dec 8, 2013 • 61 min
Product Owners
26: Isn’t That Where They Put Richard Simmons
Dec 1, 2013 • 63 min
Walking Skeleton, Minimal Marketable Feature and Thin Vertical Slice Minimal Marketable Feature, definitive article Walking Skeleton
25: 4 Estimates and a Gantt Chart Ago
Nov 24, 2013 • 63 min
Planning, How much is too much
24: I Know
Nov 17, 2013 • 59 min
NoEstimates and Metrics