AFH 076: Agile 2017 with Faye Thompson, Markus Silpala, and Amitai Schleier

Markus Silpala (@msipala), Faye Thompson (@agilefaye), and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss their learnings from Agile 2017.

Markus and Amitai Having Some Fun

Markus Silpala and Amitai Schleier Hanging out at Agile Coach Camp

Markus is a developer who enjoys close collaboration with both clients and teammates. He seeks work environments where his capabilities—both human and technical—will contribute to the production of high-quality, customer-pleasing software. Markus has a career that spans twenty years and excels as a developer, coach, or architect.

Faye has more than eighteen years of project delivery experience and is currently a senior agile consultant with CareWorks Tech. Focusing on agile methodologies and continuous improvement, she has had a positive impact in the financial services, healthcare, advertising, and automotive industries. Faye is passionate about using innovative solutions to drive business value and helps work groups transform into highly engaged and energized teams.

Amitai is a software development coachspeaker, legacy code wrestler, non-award-winning musician, award winning bad poet, and the creator of the Agile in 3 Minutes podcast. He blogs at schmonz.com and is a frequent guest on Agile for Humans. Amitai has published many of his agile observations and musings in his new book – Agile in 3 Minutes on Lean Pub.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How Markus Used an Agile Mindset to Confront Cancer
  • What we all learned at Agile 2017
  • Why it’s important to banish our inner critics

Links from the show:

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Want to hear another podcast about the life of an agile coach? — Listen to my conversation with Zach Bonaker, Diane Zajac-Woodie, and Amitai Schlair on episode 39. We discuss growing an agile practice and how coaches help create the environments where agile ideas can flourish.

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