AFH 067: Backlog Lumberjacks with Kalpesh Shah [PODCAST]

Kalpesh Shah (@AgileBrightSpot) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss his work with Scrum Team at the AgileIndy Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Kalpesh Shah front and center with a few people in the back you may recognize

Kalpesh is the Director of Agile Transformation at IntraEdge Inc., as well as a public speaker, trainer, and coach. He helps organizations transition to the Agile way of working, employs Lean Product Development approaches, and instills a Lean Startup mindset. His latest passion is Culture Hacking via continuous experimentation, which promotes innovative thinking, extends openness, and brings design thinking into teams.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The dangers and risks of turning teams in to backlog lumberjacks
  • Experimenting with the boundaries of Scrum for fun and profit
  • Why engineers needs to see the value of the work they are doing

Links from the show:

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.

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