Episode 66

67: Backlog Lumberjacks with Kalpesh Shah


May 22nd, 2017

23 mins 10 secs

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About this Episode

Kalpesh Shah (@AgileBrightSpot) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss his work with Scrum Team at the AgileIndy Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

[featured-image single_newwindow=”false”]Kalpesh Shah front and center with a few people in the back you may recognize[/featured-image]

Kalpesh is the Director of Agile Transformation at IntraEdge Inc., as well as a public speaker, trainer, and coach. He helps organizations transition to the Agile way of working, employs Lean Product Development approaches, and instills a Lean Startup mindset. His latest passion is Culture Hacking via continuous experimentation, which promotes innovative thinking, extends openness, and brings design thinking into teams.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The dangers and risks of turning teams in to backlog lumberjacks
  • Experimenting with the boundaries of Scrum for fun and profit
  • Why engineers needs to see the value of the work they are doing

Links from the show:

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