About Agile wants to give back to the community

About Agile’s courses in Agile Testing and Agile Development (under development :)) work on real community projects as part of the the learning journey.  It’s a way we and attendees can give back to the community.  Your time is also directed to developing free resources that our community can use.  Over time we will integrate into other courses as well.

You can also find more at the About Agile website on this including the environment that is being used.

Create your own Manifesto

This is a reproduction and completion of a post created last year on another website.  This is my manifesto. I attach to the other manifestos still but this is my own.  Try creating your own.  It would be nice to see what you really attach to.  No doubt they will be similar in theme.  If you can make an acronym that would be even better, easier to remember.  Below is version 2.  I expect to sharpen it up over time.

Got to have GRITS

In a world full of mnemonics which seem to be just for the sake of it (e.g. S.H.I.E.L.D), I’m unabashedly introducing a new one which encapsulates a number of values and principles I hold and uphold.

No doubt there are overlaps with other values and principle systems and I gladly welcome that.  Largely it’s inspired from the Agile Manifesto, XP Values, Declaration of Interdependence and this really excellent and detailed expression of values from acQuire Technology Solutions.

This is my own personal take for which I’d take ownership in.

Here goes – it’s called GRITS

G(enuine) – Be honest and forthright rather than vague and ‘faking it’

R(espect) – To listen to and respect (not necessarily agree with) the views of others rather than jump to hasty conclusions

I(ntegrity) – Hold true to good human values rather than seek to benefit from someone else’s misfortune

T(ransparency) – Be open about why, what and how rather than deliberately obfuscate and be obscure

S(incere) –  Mean what we say rather rather than be glib and hollow

Whilst we try and be all things on the left we sometimes recognize we fall into the poor behaviours on the right and seek to correct that.

A Response to “Why Most Unit Testing is Waste”


I believe this article on unit testing deserves reblogging in that Jim Coplien has added his comments.

Originally posted on Henrik Warne's blog:

A few months ago I came across the article Why Most Unit Testing is Waste by James O Coplien. The title is an accurate description of the contents – James considers most unit tests to be useless. He expands his arguments in the follow-up article. I was quite intrigued, since I get a lot of value from unit tests. How come we have such different views of them? Had I missed something? As it turns out, I was not persuaded by his arguments, and here is my response to the articles.

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Why Founders Should Know How to Code


I’d extend this idea out even further…..

Originally posted on Steve Blank:

By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist.”
Book of Five Rings

A startup is not just about the idea, it’s about testing and thenimplementing the idea.

A founding team without these skills is likely dead on arrival.


I was driving home from the BIO conference in San Diego last month and had lots of time for a phone call with Dave, an ex student and now a founder who wanted to update me on his Customer Discovery progress. Dave was building a mobile app for matching college students who needed to move within a local area with potential local movers. He described his idea like “Uber for moving” and while he thought he was making real progress, he needed some advice.

Customer Discovery
As the farm fields flew by on the interstate I listened as Dave described how he translated his vision into

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ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching – Case Study

Originally posted on Process Improvement - News and Views:

One of the things that sets ICAgile apart from many other Agile certifications is their focus on recognising the Agile journey taken by many folk and that learning does not stop just when you’ve mastered the basics.

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“It has changed the way I work subtly but the effect has been dramatic”

The title is some feedback from a recent running of About Agile’s Agile Testing Course.

There were some photos taken.  And some more should have been taken :)


Jeff Sutherland’s TEDx Talk on Life Changing Agility – How I relate to it

Here I’m supplying a link to a recent talk Jeff Sutherland in which he describes his life in the military and the as yet unnamed Agile practices he was applying 50 years ago.

We progress through the years and end with the life affirming, humane characteristics of Agility. School kids are defining their own learning through ownership of the outcomes. Kids only use the teacher to get through problems.

This reminds me of a year 9 drama class. We were having a lot of fun and learning and the teacher was amazed at her ‘lack of involvement’. She invited a district supervisor, not sure if that was the title, to observe. Unfortunately I think we noticed that we were being observed and froze somewhat. Our teacher was embarrassed, the observer seemed to have an incredulous look. Us students knew something went wrong. I felt a little bad about it but felt powerless or unequipped to deal with it.

Looking back and knowing what I know now, that teacher was on the right track. She lacked a framework to inspect and adapt. Something like a Scrum Framework. We failed to self organize on one occasion and unfortunately we regressed to be told what to do. We should have reflected on that failure and put in measures to prevent it occurring again. 

Can you think of a time when you could have improved a situation simply by taking a meaningful look at what happened and agreeing to make changes to prevent it happening again.

I know it happens everyday. There are many instances in the past that I can recollect.


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