#40 Keen IO, A Different Way of Doing Business

Lisa Nielsen and Daniel Kador of Keen IO tell about their approach to business, decision making, managers and building software.

Who they are; what Keen IO does, types of analytics; type of organization, going their own way, hiring and firing, voting, holacracy; ideas that didn't work and the response from staff; developing people, coaching program, who trains the coaches, non violent communication training, sharing with the community; specific hiring criteria; no bosses, self directed employees, trusting your employees, feedback without managers, conflict mediation, the most talkative engineers I've heard of, group therapy in the weekly "anxious, excited", changing teams; the Keen.io operating system; removing a person from a team.

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#25 Jeff Glennon, Improving Software Delivery

Jeff Glennon

Jeff Glennon of Software Delivery Labs and I talk about how to improve the software delivery process.

Jeff's background and company, what is software delivery vs project management; getting all teams working together, deathmarch towards a release date; blame always lands on engineering; other problems, forcing new processes on teams, disputes, transparency is the best approach; power and politics, no silver bullet; how to improve the process, responsibility without blame; agile seems to be the only choice, what if the client doesn't want scrum; end to end example, miscommunication, delays, finger pointing, lost money, get to prototype and fire 'em all; when is your work done; outsource mentoring.

Book Recommendations
The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life

How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery

The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

#7 Rebecca O’Dette, Agile at RunKeeper

Discussion with Rebecca O’Dette about Agile development at RunKeeper. We cover Rebecca’s role, company growth over the past few years, development structure, introduction of agile processes, moving from waterfall, choice of scrum over other agile options, first steps in agile, team size, current team structure, changes over past few years, scaling and syncing teams, scrum of scrums, QA and release processes, release bottlenecks, release cycles, missing Microsoft project, agile for marketing, support, business development and user experience, kanban, story points, planning poker, complexity and time, explaining story points to upper management, culture team, vacation, book choice – The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

Book Recommendations

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t

#4 Gary Marcos, Mobile App Development

Discussion with Gary Marcos on mobile app development; why build a mobile app instead of a web site designed for mobile, usability, approaches to app development for teams with no experience in app development – near shore vs offshore, costs of app development, launching into a store, maintaining an app, crash analytics, post launch issues, redeploying your app, platform to build your first app on, supporting Android devices, Windows and Blackberry, promoting your app, app analytics, mobile retargeting, ratings and feedback,

Book recommendations
The Design of Everyday Things, The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement, Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash.