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Clarke Ching – Agile Executive Podcast 001

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Kicking off our Agile Executive podcast series, I talk with Clarke Ching. We start out discussing two of Clarke’s books Rocks Into Gold and a longer version he’s working on. We then discuss the relation of Goldratt’s The Goal.

I ask Clarke to talk to his point that breaking things into smaller chunks end ups costing less. He says:

  • In bigger projects (vs. smaller ones), we end up building more low-priority things, thus “wasting” time
  • With a focus on delivering small chunks that work we get higher quality, rather then wiring up lower quality stuff

After this, I ask Clarke how he’s sorted out the boot-strapping problem of getting Agile started in organizations. He recommends:

  • The Weetabix Sell – selling the benefits, not the ingredients or “process”
  • Set expectations that it’s going to be hard work
  • find quick wins, preferably “without doing anything”

Finally, I ask Clarke to give us a report on the Agile scene across the pond, which he does nicely.

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Written by Coté

April 7, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Posted in Podcasts

What is Driving Your Interest in Agile?

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Participant responses to the feedback questionnaire from the recent Rally event in NYC and the companion event in LA have been posted in the Rally Agile Success blog. Interestingly enough, in both cities time-to-market and visibility/transparency were rated higher drivers of interest in Agile than cost cutting.

Click here and here for details on what drives interest in Agile as well as other intriguing questions and responses from the events.

Written by israelgat

April 7, 2009 at 9:48 am

Posted in Benefits of Agile, Events, The Agile Life

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