March 24, 2014
Keep Austin Agile, Indeed
For a while now, I've wanted to give a talk on Indeed's unique approach to software development agility and some of the tools we use. Last week, I had the opportunity to present at the Keep Austin Agile conference.
The title of my talk was "Forget methodology. Focus on what matters." and the high-level description was:
It's easy to obsess about implementing a particular Agile Methodology -- especially if it's a methodology that demands you adopt all of its practices. But do your users really care about your process? In this talk, Jack Humphrey (Engineering Director, Indeed.com) will try to convince you to 1) identify what success means for your team, and 2) put together a lightweight process that lets them deliver that success. He will draw on examples from Indeed's environment to demonstrate how a lower-case agile development process can evolve over time, stay lightweight, and result in great software.
I was very happy with the turnout and the engagement from the audience.
I've put my slides up on slideshare: