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February 23, 2012

Recipe for good Distributed Agile Development

by Sampath Prahalad

At the Agile India 2012 conference, I attended a  superb talk by Rebecca Parsons (CTO of ThoughtWorks) on ‘Agile is not the easy way out, bit it works’. Many one liner wow tweets came from that talk. Check out some of them here.

After the talk, I met her at the ThoughtWorks stall near the Registration area and asked her what according to her was the Recipe to successful Distributed Agile Development.

  1. Split the power. Ensure that no one person at any one location calls all the shots. Try and ensure that there is a balance in the experience and knowledge across  both locations in the team.
  2. Forge a team identity. People who are part of the team across geographies should be treated as One team. Should not be referred to as Onsite team, Offshore team, etc. They are all part of the same Product Delivery  team. What applies to the team at one location should apply to the team members at the other location as well.
  3. Split work across functionality. Work should be split as vertical slices of a product (e.g: Distributed team working on say, User provisioning) and not horizontally(e.g. UI/UX development at one location, Back end processing at the other).

Pearls of wisdom from a person with loads of experience. Took her a minute to deliver and took me an hour to assimilate and digest.


February 21, 2012

Kickass tweets from #AgileIndia2012 #Agile #Scrum

by Sampath Prahalad

Here are some Kickass quotes (in the form of tweets) from the recently concluded 3 day Agile India 2012 conference (my experience at the conference on Day 1Day 2 and Day 3) at Le Meridean, Bangalore.

Most of them were quotes that the presenters came up with during the course of their talks and workshops. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did and get to learn from them.

Top contributors for the kickass quotes: Rebecca Parsons, Tathagat Varma and Scott Ambler.

Disclaimer 1: These are in no particular order or preference.

Disclaimer 2: When I am not sure of the conference speaker who came up with the quote, I have put the name of the person who tweeted it.

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February 19, 2012

My Experience at #AgileIndia2012 – Day 3.

by Sampath Prahalad

The third and final day of the Agile India 2012 conference being held at Le Meridean, Bangalore. The learning experience got better and reached a crescendo today.

Here are some of the talks and workshops that I attended. Some were excellent and some good.

  • Exploratory testing for Agile teams by Pradeep Soundararajan.
  • Launching a Minimum Viable Product in a month.
  • Coaching: Slowing down to speed up by Rahul Sawhney.
  • Lean: Reduce Waste Campaign by Belkis Vasquez-McCall from McInzie.
  • High Five Driven development by Peder Soholt from Norway
  • Agile Scaling model: Be as Agile as you need to be by Scott Ambler
  • Fun with Agile Gaming by Vibhu Srinivasan of SolutionsIQ.

Read on to know 3-4 key learning points from each of these talks / workshops.

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