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  • Adam Siemiginowski

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    I spoke with Adam about agile design and development at Procter & Gamble.

    Watch the interview.

    Adam on Twitter: @atsiem

    Links to things we discussed in the interview:

    Vertical slice:

    Maker’s schedule, manager’s schedule by Paul Graham:

    The management team by Joel Spolsky:

    Rocket Surgery Made Easy by Steve Krug:

    Despina Popadopoulos

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    I spoke with Despina about agile approaches to designing wearable technology, design interventions in Afghanistan, the ethics of design and much more.

    Watch the interview.

    Despina’s website.

    Links to topics mentioned in the interview:

    Games for Actors and Non-Actors by Augusto Boal:

    Theatre of the Oppressed:

    Desirée Sy

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    I spoke with Desirée Sy about lessons she has learned as a designer working on agile teams at Autodesk. We talked about trust, shared goals, how to make happy teams and much much more. Sorry about the end – my internet started acting up on me!

    Watch the interview.

    Desirée on Twitter: @desireesy

    Adapting usability investigations for agile user-centered design:

    Desirée will be teaching a workshop “Agile UX toolkit” in March in Toronto:

    Interview with Jessie Shternshus

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    I spoke with Jessie Shternshus about social skills in the workplace, sincerity, trust, creating safe spaces, how to have fun, practice, and mix things up at work.

    Watch the interview.

    Jessie’s website.

    Links to people and topics discussed in the interview:

    Improv Wisdom by Patricia Ryan Madson

    Gamestorming by yours truly, James Macanufo and Sunni Brown:

    Mike Bonifer and Game Changers:

    Bob Gower

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    I spoke with Bob about agility in large enterprises, secrets of successful transformation, how to catalyze insight and change, and much more.

    Watch the interview.

    Bob’s website.

    Links to people and topics discussed in the interview:

    The Lean Startup by Eric Ries:

    Lean UX by Jeff Gothelf:

    Dean Leffingwell:

    The Scaled Agile Framework:


    Agile release Chain:


    Love Marks by Kevin Roberts:

    Theory of constraints:

    Confirmation bias:

    Cognitive dissonance:

    The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferris :

    Srini Pillay on the science of possibility:

    Information radiators:

    The planning onion:

    The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford:

    Technical debt:


    Interview with Woody Zuill

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    I spoke with Woody Zuill about agile approaches to work design and an innovative approach he calls mob programming.

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    Mob programming website.

    Links to people and topics covered in the interview:

    Time-lapse video of mob programming:

    Practice Perfect by Doug Lemov:

    Talent is Overrated by Geoffrey Colvin:

    Llewellyn Falco:

    Kent Beck:

    The Art Spirit by Robert Henri:

    Michael Margolis

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    I spoke with Michael Margolis about the power of story to transform organizations.

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    Michael’s website.

    Links to people and topics covered in the interview:

    Grant McCracken:

    Steve Denning:

    The Golden Fleece group:

    Annette Simmons:

    The six types of story:

    Story collecting tool by Anecdote:

    Dave Snowden:

    Dave Snowden describes the Cynefin framework:

    Adam Yuret

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    I spoke with Adam Yuret about building trust, empathy, creating slack, reducing dependencies, managing flow, failure demand, feature fakes, and much more.

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    Adam’s website.

    Links to people and topics covered in the interview:

    Agile acid test (by Elisabeth Hendrickson)

    Lean coffee:

    Monte Carlo simulation in product development by Troy Magennis:

    Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD):

    Jabe Bloom:

    Value stream mapping:

    Principles of Product Development Flow by Donald Reinertsen:

    Why Plans Fail by Jim Benson:

    Command intent:

    The Lean Startup by Eric Ries:

    Feature fake:

    Esther Derby

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    I spoke with Esther Derby about organizational systems and how to help them become more flexible and adaptive.

    Watch it here.

    Notes and further reading:

    Esther’s website:

    Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy:

    Satir Change Model:

    Scaling up Excellence by Bob Sutton and Huggy Rao:

    Beyond Budgeting by Jeremy Hope and Robin Fraser:

    Implementing Beyond Budgeting by Bjarte Bogsnes:

    Hard Facts by Bob Sutton and Jeffrey Pfeffer:

    Slow Ideas by Atul Gawande:

    Donnella Meadows on intervening in a system:

    Narrative Patterns by Dave Snowden:

    Interview with Jeff Gothelf, Jim Benson and Jeff Patton

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    I had a great time talking with these three Jedi Masters of design, lean, kanban and agility. We spoke about how to overcome rigidity and bureaucracy, how to run an adaptive design team, the limits of process, guinea pigs, science fairs, recipes and much more!

    Watch the video.

    Jeff Patton:

    Jim Benson:

    Jeff Gothelf: