I’ve been thinking more and more about the 3X Model by Kent Beck while starting my own business. It really makes a lot of sense. The best part, is that it’s so simple.
We, in South Africa, have been fortunate to be visited by Kent Beck on a few occasions. Last year I attended an event, sponsored by Liberty and IQ Business, where Kent Beck came and discussed the 3X Model with us. With him being one of the original signatories of the Agile Manifesto and a all-round software development legend, I must admit that I was a bit of a groupie. It was fascinating – here are some visual notes from the session:
Kent Beck – 3X Discussion
Kent Beck: Twitter
Josef Langerman: Twitter
Aslam Khan: Twitter
I’ve been working on a summary of Kent Beck’s 3X Model from his post on the Product Development Triathlon. Here it is:
Agile Africa 2017 Conference – another great opportunity to touch-base with other Agile Professionals across South Africa, Africa and to have some amazing international speakers come visit our country. Thank you to the Agile Africa Committee and Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) for organising again this year.
Here are my sketches from Agile Africa…
You can download the full booklet of my sketchnotes here: Sketchnoter’s Guide to Agile Africa 2017.
Africa DevOps Day is a great example of collaboration and knowledge-sharing across companies, and in true DevOps style aims to break down silos. It has been organised every year as a collaborative effort across some of the largest financials institutions in South Africa as a platform to share experiences and learning. The theme this year was “Scaling DevOps through infrastructure” and did not disappoint. There were amazing speakers, and interesting topics were covered. Hearing about the DevOps journeys that many companies in Africa have embarked on was fascinating.
I created sketchnotes of the presentations I attended, you can download the PDF version of the Sketchnoter’s Guide to Africa DevOps Day 2017 here. A full list of speakers and their presentations can be found on the Africa DevOps Day website.
Here are my sketches and some highlights of the talks I attended…
Brett St Clair – The Culture of DevOps
“when you are trying to make change, it always starts with culture”
Industry Update – Absa, Standard Bank & RMB
Kevin Rolfe – Putting the Ops in DevOps
“we need to free up people to handle exceptions and do valuable work”
Dan Acton – DevOps in the Cloud
“we’re moving towards no Ops”
Biase De Gregorio – Extreme Ownership
“start with good leadership principles as a point of departure”
Andrew Holt & Benjamin Hinson – Chef: Tools, Processes and Culture
“there’s no silver bullet solution”
A friend of mine @ALfriendo also did some awesome sketchnotes, and there are plenty of other great posts on #AfricaDevOpsDay Twitter.
All in all, a great day! I hope I’ll be there again next year…
Last week was the Regional Scrum Gathering in South Africa, which was organised by SUGSA. So some of my colleagues and I from IQ Business took a trip down to Cape Town, what an awesome experience!
I was fortunate to be selected as a speaker. My colleague, Angie Doyle, and I facilitated a workshop on Visual Thinking for Agile Teams which was extremely well received – it’s exciting to see the interest and enthusiasm that people have for thinking visually! You can follow this link to view our “slides” from the workshop – all were created using flip charts.
I also used this opportunity to sketchnote the presentations and workshops I attended, there were lots of interesting topics. It’s always uplifting to get together with other Agile Practitioners and talk about what’s going on in the industry.
There was a lot of conversation and other sketchnoters (some new ones after the Visual Thinking workshop) who also posted sketches during the conference, to have a look at these you can check out the #SGZA and #SGZA2016 tags on Twitter.
Here are mine:
Goldilocks at work – Danie Roux
Taming the Beast – Continuous Evolution keeps products and teams alive – Nigel Basel
DevOps… Avoid Stupid… Unleash Awesome – Renesh Moodley
Standup Poker: How We Hacked Our Daily Stand-Up & Our Teams Mindset! – Kalpesh Shah
It’s time to speak, it’s time to act – Biase De Gregorio
Facing challenging conversations with ease – Alison Gitelson
This conference was organised by our company, IQ Business, and was one of the most inspirational conferences I have been to – it truly makes me proud to be South African.
Although it’s a contentious issue, there is a lot we can do to stimulate growth in our economy and create opportunity for ourselves and others in South Africa.
It was quite a line-up with the top political, radio, research, technology and business personalities. Here are my notes…
Bruce Whitfield – The Upside of Down
Ann Bernstein – The Growth Agenda
Adam Craker – Smart Growth.co.za
Brett St Clair – Digital Transformation Story
Lindiwe Mazibuko – South Africa from the Outside – In
Justice Malala – Green Shoots, Anyone?
You can download all the sketchnotes from the conference here: sketchnoters-guide-to-smart-growth