AFH 050: Agile Ideas with Neil Killick [PODCAST]

Neil Killick (@neil_killick) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss a wide variety of agile ideas including: “Shu-Ha-Ri”, Agile Management, #NoEstimates, and when software is “done”.

Neil Killick Presenting #NoEstimates

Neil is a software delivery coach and manager with experience shipping software in various capacities, domains, and industries. He is one of the key pioneers of #NoEstimates and seeks better ways to slice work, collaborate with stakeholder, and deliver value frequently. Neil blogs at here and is a must read for agile-minded thinkers and experimenters.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Agile as a mindset vs Agile as a set of tools and processes
  • What is “shu-ha-ri” and does it make sense in an agile context?
  • Why #NoEstimates is an important concept that moves agile thinking forward

Links from the show:

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Question: What are your thoughts on #NoEstimates? Please share your ideas below. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • galleman

    Thanks for the mention. Just a thought about “ideas.”
    Can ANY idea be considered credible if it is not based on some principle? There may be conflicting principles? Politics is an example. But those principles, while being in conflict are testable, verifiable, and shown to be applicable to problems at hand.
    This is the “test question” for NE. By what principle can you make a decision in the presence of uncertanty when spending other people’s money without estimating the outcome and impacts of that decision?
    I would suggest that NE has no principles on which to base the conjecture that decisions can be made without estimates.