Only You Can Prevent Agile Pandamonium

It’s no surprise that VersionOne wants software teams to use an agile development tool. Preferably theirs. Now they have an ally… and these videos are so LoLs!

Meet Agile Panda, one mischievously destructive giant panda who has very little patience (ok who are we kidding?… NO patience) for those still using notecards, Gantt charts and whiteboards to track their projects.

Robert Holler as PandaAgile Panda’s sole mission is to find agile teams using manual tools and destroy shit around their office – just to prove a point that having a centralized agile project management tool is the only way to go. Of course if you do use old-school agile tools, you’re not likely to see this creature blowing something up in your office. Or nailing you point-blank in the crotch with a paint gun.  But you do risk creating pandemonium (or is it pandamonium?) without that centralized visibility.

I found this series entertaining. Looks like VersionOne has posted a few episodes so far; I’m looking forward to what Agile Panda jacks up next!

Check out the “Agile Pandamonium: Say Yes to the Tool” series on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEFSzPxFMkg&list=PLgtht2Pp8VhZM8iCNd0NUxy7mImbEkWGd[Oh yeah, and I did hear that some of the VersionOne employees involved in filming these things actually got called into HR for the stunts they pulled inside the building! So if you get even a tiny chuckle from these, make it worth their penalty and share the link!]

version-one-pandaAgile Panda on Twitter@StopAgilePanda

On Facebook at Agile Panda

See you in Nashville – Agile2013 at my Lightning talk!

So, did you all sign up for Peter’s session at Agile2013?

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I am excited to share that I will in Nashville too and will be representing PMI Agile CoP Council.

As a part of the conference, there are specific time slots for lightning talks on 3 themes: People, Process and Technology. Many people showed interest in the lightning talk idea I submitted – “Communities of Practice – What, Why and How?

I invite you to mark your calendars if you are attending the conference: Tuesday, August 6 • 2:00pm – 3:15pm. This will be my first talk on such a scale :), so I will appreciate your support! While I am preparing for the 5 minute talk, I am interested to know from AgileScout community:

  • What questions would you like to see addressed with respect to the above topic?
  • If you were attending the talk, what would you want to hear from the person?

I want to make sure I share something that the agile community would find valuable. Your questions can help in advance. So, please share your comments and thoughts either here on the ideascale site and help me, help you!

Regardless of you attending the conference, you can still VOTE on the above idea (or any others ideas that interest you – Note: Account creation required with idea scale).  Voting open till July 25th, so hurry!

It is a great feeling sharing this post with you – on a special day – July, 19th 2013. Today I complete a decade of my first ever plane ride in my life which brought me into US of A! :). A decade, WOW!

It’s been an amazing ride, thanks to you – Agile community!

Agile Testing Days 2013 – Let’s Talk about the Science behind Agile

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Getting ready (already) for my talk in Germany again this year at Agile Testing Days 2013. Super stoked!

I’ll be talking about:

“THE SCIENCE BEHIND HIGH PERFORMANCE TEAMS”

The scientific evidence is quite clear: To enable high-performance, you have to look at leveraging human capital and optimizing human potential. Let’s take a deeper look at the science behind creating high-performing teams by looking into behavioral science, neuroscience, and social psychology.

  • What is a High-Performance Team?
  • Self-Organization – Not what you think …
  • Behavioral Science
  • Neuro Science
  • Social Psychology

Peter Saddington

Peter Saddington

Peter Saddington owns a successful research and analytics consultancy and has been integral in multi-million dollar Agile Transformation projects with some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies, including Cisco, T-Mobile, Capital One, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Primedia, and Cbeyond. He is a sought-after speaker at many industry events and is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). He has also received three master’s degrees, one of which is in counseling, and provides life-coaching services in addition to his consultancy.

Agile 2013 Nashville – See me there! Hear me roar… About the Science of Agile for Management

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I’ll be at Agile 2013 in Nashville – Sign up now :)

My talk is in the LEADERSHIP track on the Science Behind High Performance Teams and Cultural Understanding

There has been a ton written about management techniques for creating great teams. Let’s go a bit further, and look into how managers can build great teams not by using a new method or management style, but rather understanding team dynamics and behavioral science and patterns.

JAX London & Big Data Con 2013 – Back Again and Bigger than Ever

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JAX London 2013 is coming around again, it’s always our pleasure to spread the word.

This has been a fantastic conference in years past, and I’m saddened I can’t go this year.

Some great speakers are lined up and if you’ll be free… you should head over and just do it :)

EARLY BIRD signups are ready to go… use code : “JL13AS15” for a discount!