Agile 2013 - Updates from the Biodome

August 05, 2013 11:01 PM | COMMENTS (0) | CATEGORIES: Active Listening, Agile, Agile 2013, Agile Atlas, Agile Manifesto, business value estimation, Chet Hendrickson, Chris Sims, Communication, David Bernstein, intuition, Jim Elvridge, Kanban, LeanKit, Monte Carlo Analysis, NLP, Non-violent communication, NVC, Questions, Ron Jeffries, SAFE, Scrum

Day 1 of Agile 2013 is in the books. There are over 1,700 Agilists who have gathered in the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville to sharpen up their skills in all things related to Agile. For those who are unable to attend, Projects at Work and BigVisible Solutions are co-sponsoring interviews with speakers, attendees and vendors who are participating in the event. Our goal is to provide updates for you throughout the event so that even if you weren't able to join us in the Gaylord Biosphere you will be able to keep pace with what's going on. For the rest of the week, keep checking back here for new interviews and show news brought to you by Projects at Work and BigVisible.

Here are some of the interviews we shot today:

Interview with Ron Jeffries and Chet Hendrickson on how well the Agile Manifesto has maintained it's applicability since it was created back in 2001 and an update on the Agile Atlas.

David Bernstein offers some details on his Agile 2013 presentation on how the kinds of questions we ask ourselves and others can help us become better collaborators, coaches, and impact our very quality of life.

Jim Elvridge explains the importance of not just relying on data and paying attention to you intuition in Agile.



A product update on LeanKit's new advanced predictive simulation features from CEO and co-founder Chris Hefley.

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Chris Sims gives an update on the talks he is giving here in Nashville on Business Value Estimation in Agile and the importance of Active Listening.



We'll have lots more tomorrow, so keep checking back for more.

Non-Violent Communication and Scrum with Juan Banda

August 02, 2013 01:55 AM | COMMENTS (0) | CATEGORIES: Non-violent communication, Scrum, Scrum

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At the Scrum Gathering in Las Vegas I had the opportunity to attend a presentation given by Juan Banda on using Non-Violent Communication (NVC) with Scrum. If you are unfamiliar with NVC, it is a way of communicating that the Center for Non-Violent Communication describes like this:

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is based on the principles of nonviolence-- the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart.

NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. NVC also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that each of our actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs.

People who practice NVC have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection and conflict resolution.

The NVC community is active in over 65 countries around the globe.

Over the past several months I have begun to notice NVC cropping up more and more in conversations between Scrum Trainers and Scrum Practitioners. It has also become a frequent topic of presentations at Agile conferences.

Outside of my work with Scrum I have also become more aware of people using it in their day-to-day interactions. To describe it as a framework for communicating does not really address the depth to which it impacts the people who practice it. If practicing Agile is a way of transforming how we approach our work, NVC could be considered to be a way of transforming the way we interact with the people we are working with.

In this podcast interview, Juan explains how he became aware of NVC, how he began practicing it and how it has impacted his work with Scrum teams. This will be the first of a number of posts and podcasts on the subjects and I will also be posting about my efforts to incorporate it into my work coaching Scrum teams and providing Scrum training.

If you would like to contact Juan Banda, you can find his blog and you can follow him on twitter here: @juanbandajara