Agile Dev West 2017 Concurrent Session - Football and Agile: Like Peanut Butter and ? | TechWell

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Football and Agile: Like Peanut Butter and ?

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Is there symmetry between agile and football? Software development methods and one of the more physical sports. You would think the answer is no—nope, surely no similarities there. Nor can agile folks learn much from this grimy sport. Well, just as Scrum has its naming roots in the sport of rugby, perhaps there is some symmetry to it. Join Bob Galen and Josh Anderson as they explore American football and look for similarities, lessons, metaphors, and tactics that align and amplify our agile team practices. Bob and Josh explore making game time adjustments, the importance of tempo, the role of coaches and the impact of coaching, why recruiting great people and practice matters so much, and the importance of goals. Football also provides a rich feedback landscape, so we’ll discuss the importance of practice and game films that enable continuous improvement. And finally, there’s winning and losing as the ultimate clarifier. Come join Bob and Josh, and you’ll never look at a football game quite the same way again.

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies

An agile methodologist, practitioner, and coach, Bob Galen helps guide leaders and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift toward Scrum and other agile methods. Bob is often called “a Coach of Coaches” because of his deep and broad experience in the agile arena. He is director, agile practices at Zenergy Technologies; president of RGCG, LLC; and a frequent speaker at international conferences and professional groups on topics of agile software development. Bob authored Three Pillars of Agile Quality and Testing, Scrum Product Ownership, and Agile Reflections. A prolific writer, blogger, and podcaster, Bob can be reached at [email protected] or at LinkedIn.

Josh Anderson
Dude Solutions

With four large-scale agile transformations under his belt, Josh Anderson has seen it all—good agile, bad agile, and other things sometimes referred to as agile. As the VP of software engineering at Dude Solutions, Josh is responsible for the company’s agile adoption and all aspects of software engineering. He gives back to the community by speaking regularly at industry conferences and co-hosting an agile-centric podcast. Follow Josh on Twitter at @nosrednAhsoJ.