Episode 38

Diverse Agile Teams with Marlena Compton, Betsy Haibel, and Jennifer Tu

May 23rd, 2018

47 mins 1 sec

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Diverse Agile Teams with Marlena Compton, Betsy Haibel, and Jennifer Tu

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Summary

How do common Agile practices like pair programming and retrospectives work when you have diverse teams? How can you make sure that underrepresented team members have their voices heard, and how does doing so improve the way that your team delivers software? Besty Haibel, Jennifer Tu, and Marlena Compton discuss ways in which Agile practices can better serve your team in the real world. For more discussion, be sure to check out PearConf.

Notes

02:05 - Pairing and Agile Development on Diverse Teams

04:31 - Implicit Agreement, Teaching Vs Exploring, and Power Differentials in Pairing

08:52 - Understanding and Improving Team Dynamics: Building a Library of Smells

17:57 - Good Agile Pair Programming Techniques + Retrospective Roles

22:14 - Making People Comfortable When Speaking Up and Making Agile Healthier

32:30 - Agile As An Institution

38:34 - Backing Away From The Idea of Perfection

42:42 - PearConf Details

43:55 - Bonus Conversation: The Practices Not Being the Manifesto

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