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July 28, 2017
Impressions from Agile Australia 2017
By: Mirco Hering
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There it was again the annual gathering of Agilists in Australia. This year in Sydney. The first day gave us the opportunity to talk to people who are adopting Agile in their organizations, many new faces but also many familiar faces who we have been working with for many years. It’s always good to catch-up and get the latest update on someone’s Agile journey. A lot of work goes into organizing a conference. A thank you to SlatteryIT for getting a great conference produced each year.

Of course, there were many interesting sessions and choosing the best ones for each time slot proved as difficult as ever—and truth be told, not every session was a winner for me. I will focus on a few really good takeaways from the conference sessions. Of course, the most ‘juicy’ information is always exchanged on the ‘hallway track’—if you go make sure you spend time outside the session rooms talking to people.

Dom Price from Atlassian—He spoke about creating an organization that enables knowledge workers to do their best work. It was great hearing from someone else about the problem with using factory or manufacturing principles in IT work. During the session, I was waiting for the chance to take a photo of his team health framework and then he dropped that it is all freely available online under https://www.atlassian.com/team-playbook Go check it out!

Joshua Arnold on Cost of delay—In the deep dive, we talked about uncertainty profiles and what it does for the cost of delay calculation. I found that a very interesting concept and jumped online to learn more. This blog post stood out for me if you want to learn more: http://xprocess.blogspot.hk/2016/04/cost-of-delay-profiles.html

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Barry O’Reilly spoke about the Lean Enterprise—Overall a great and entertaining talk. The one thing that stood out to me was the “delivery gap” which just shows how bad companies are in evaluating themselves—and for that matter how bad people are evaluating themselves (remember Dunning-Kruger effect).

Sami Honkonen on Responsive Organizations—He had some great examples from his podcast in the talk on why incentives don’t work (the make you focus on the incentive not the work at hand) and why the military is not command and control anymore (something I wrote about here).

Jez Humble—I spoke to Jez after the Deep Dive because he mentioned something I absolutely agree with. Universities are teaching outdated management models.

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