Episode 16

17: 5 Base Patterns to Guide Agile Teams


September 28th, 2015

1 hr 25 mins 10 secs

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Ryan Ripley, Zach Bonaker, Dan Greening


A rejuvenated Zach Bonaker (@zachbonaker) joined Dan Greening (@greening) and Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to talk about #NoEstimates and some of the limitations of not estimating work. We quickly moved on from that topic to an area that Dan has put a lot of work in to: What are the patterns that agile organization exhibit? In other words, how do we know that we are agile?

Dan has expressed his thoughts on what it means to be agile within 5 base patterns that he explained to Zach and Ryan:

  • Measure economic progress
  • Experiment
  • Limit work in progress
  • Embrace collective responsibility
  • Solve systemic problems

From there the discussion pivoted to top down vs. bottom up agile transformations. We discussed how they work, the pitfalls of each, and our personal experiences with trying to help organizations adopt agile. Management must be the first mover when adopting agile, followed by the rest of the company. Dan gave a few cautionary tales of what happens if management does not adapt along with the rest of the organization.

Management must be the first mover when adopting #agile, followed by the rest of the company.
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Dan gave us a preview of some exciting work he’s doing with Scrum, Inc.…and then we called it a night.

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