Martin Fowler Keynote at Agile Tour Toronto

Martin Fowler is among other things the Chief Scientist for ThoughtWorks. He gave an interesting keynote that consisted of 3 mini-talks. I thought it was very effective since it was accessible to those new to Agile as well as interesting for folks like me.

Here are my notes containing the juicy bits:

One problem Agile suffers from is Semantic Diffusion where the meaning of Agile is getting diluted. As we grow, there is increased miscommunication and less understanding. I see this struggle on mailing lists where well-intentioned people sometimes mis-explain things.

Martin then made the case that Agile requires Evolutionary Design. It goes like this: requirements change, so you need adaptive planning and hence evolutionary design. Play the Marshmallow Challenge to experience how this can work.

The next topic (middle of diagram) was about people. He touched on Taylor’s anti-pattern of process-centric view where people are replaceable parts and contrasted this with the research of Alistair Cockburn who classified people as non-linear and variable. Martin suggests that each team must own it’s process and evolution. Not sure how he reconciles this with the enterprise view.

The final topic was on code branching strategies and how continuous integration is the best of all strategies. Heed his call or suffer the despair of code decay in your feature branches.

If you want to get a more in-depth report, check out John Tobin’s blog post or Piergiuliano Bossi’s very detailed post.

Slides? Not sure. If we do get them, the will be linked from the conference website.

Michael K Sahota guides and teaches leaders how to create high-performance organizations. He is the creator of a proven system for leading change through a practical playbook. His model for Consciously Approaching Agile guides the creation of a cultural and leadership context where Agile creates lasting organizational results. Michael has taught over 1000 leaders worldwide through his highly acclaimed “Agile” Culture & Leadership Training. His company, Agilitrix, delivers “Agile Transformation- Redefined” with an elite team of consultants who specialize in unlocking Culture.

Tagged with:
, , ,

Find Content

Adoption Agile Agile2009 Agile Failure Agile in the Large Agile Tour Toronto Change Artist Christine Day Coaching Communication Container Craftsmanship Creativity Empathy Facilitation Fear Games and Simulations Hierarchy Kanban Kotter Leadership Lean Management Observing Organizational Change Organizational Culture People Personal Growth Production Product Strategy Project Management Red Pill Safety Scrum Strategic Play Teamwork Technical Practices Training Training from the Back of the Room Transformation Transition Trust VAST Vulnerability XP

Leave a Reply