Top ten lean and agile presentations on YouTube

As the year draws to an end, it’s time to reflect on what we’ve learned during the past 20 years of the things we today call lean and agile. I’ve compiled a top list of lean and agile presentations which to me have been especially intriguing and inspiring. The presentations are not in any particular order.

Nowadays most of us have a lot more ear-time than reading time. So just plug in your wireless headphone and dig in, whether you’re commuting, doing the dishes or something else where your brainwaves could use a little simulation.

If you happen to drive a motorized vehicle while doing that, be sure also to look at the road ahead, not just the slides…

Best of 2017 to everyone from myself and the folks here at Agilefant!

Fred George @ Goto 2015: The secret assumption of agile

“In the 70’s we could code together with the customer. As the industry, the companies and the projects got bigger, we told the customers to go away, as the coding now took a little longer time”
“User stories are founded on the assumption that the code is easy to change”


User story mapping with Jeff Patton

Do you think they’re using Jira for planning at Atlassian? Jeff Patton Digs into the concept of user stories, how to use (and not to use them)


Chet Hendrickson and Ron Jeffries: The nature of software development

“SAFe certainly is scaled, and it most certainly is a framework”


Bob Martin: The future of programming

In 1938 Turing described the modern computer. Three years later, he found himself cracking singnals with an ancient machine. Think of the bug tracker you’re using to manage your work…


Allen Holub: #noestimates

How many man-hours was a story point, again?


James Coplien: How Agile and OO have lost their way together

“Scrum came from TPS, xP from Scrum (“except they got it all wrong”), Agile is the cream skimmed on top”
“The Japanese fooled Americans into looking for root causes in complex adaptive systems”


Woody Zuill: Mob programming – a whole team approach

“With mob programming, most of what destroys productivity just faded away in our case”


Joshua Kerievsky: modern agile


Bas Vodde: The Story of LESS

How to solve dependencies and why in practice it can be hard to tailor a big framework method down to your organization


Craig Larman – Practices for Scaling Lean and Agile Development by Craig Larman

The competitive contract game, component teams and the prerequisite for scaling agile

Earned Value Project Management in Agilefant

The VP of a user organization approached us with a request for help. Due to the budgeting process, they were estimating the size of high-level stories in euros, and one thousand euros equaled one story point.

The challenge was to understand how to best leverage the point burn-up graph to have visibility into projects’ actual progress.

Read more… “Earned Value Project Management in Agilefant”

Trello… with a Little Bit of Help from Agilefant

Trello is a great tool for organizing almost any kind of work thanks to its unparalleled ease of use.

However, there is often a need to provide reports of progress, link tasks and stories to business goals, coordinate many teams, do estimates and track spent time.

Here’s a taster of how this all can be done: specifically how to do logging spent effort, using sprint burndowns and linking customer needs or product and business goals with Agilefant’s Trello Integration.

Read more… “Trello… with a Little Bit of Help from Agilefant”

Scaling Agile Safe and Sound


We as researchers pushed Agilefant forward with a versatile-model-first approach. This is why it had the capability to support large scale agile already in 2007.

Still, I am rather agnostic with respect to whether agile should be scaled using frameworks such as SAFe, LESS or DAD – or in fact, if it should (or even could) be scaled at all.

Read more… “Scaling Agile Safe and Sound”

Agilefant – The Last Trello-plugin You Will Need


Trello is awesome!

For those unfamiliar with Trello, it has Boards, Lists and Cards. A Board is a collection of Lists, laid out horizontally on a web page, and you can have as many Boards as you want.

You can have as many lists as you want on a Board, and you can reorder them horizontally.


Read more… “Agilefant – The Last Trello-plugin You Will Need”

Visibility: Alignment or an Orwellian Dystopy?


Visibility on the work being done throughout the organization is one of our core values and the key value proposition of Agilefant. By default everyone should have visibility to the work that is planned, in progress and being done everywhere in the organization.

Occasionally, we find people who question the premise of whether this type of visibility is preferable in the first place.


Read more… “Visibility: Alignment or an Orwellian Dystopy?”

Agile and Gantt Charts (part 1)

Every now and then we’re being asked whether Agilefant has Gantt charts. A variation of this is whether the data in Agilefant could be exported as a Gantt chart.

So far, the most commonly expressed need for such functionality is that the management and/or the clients are used to seeing project plans and progress portrayed using a Gantt chart.

This post discusses the challenges in the propositions set forth by our current and potential users, and possible solutions to overcoming them – or at least somehow satisfying their needs.

Read more… “Agile and Gantt Charts (part 1)”