Efficiency & Effectiveness Through Face-to-Face Conversation

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In Episode 8 of Troubleshooting Agile it's Agile Principle 6: "The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation." A few of the things we discuss: -The pros and cons of different communication channels. -Looking at Alistair Cockburn's book "Agile Software Development", why micro-gestures and physical interaction make face-to-face communication so much richer. -Why we need to remember that "a Story Card is a promise for a conversation". -The origins of CRC Cards back in the 90, and their real value as a conversational tool and in building a shared understanding. -How effective communication also increases the effectiveness of isolated reflective thought. -How to apply this principle effectively to distributed and remote teams. -"Don't measure your software productivity by linear feet of documentation on the shelf." *** LINKS: -Chapter 3 of Alistair Cockburn's Agile Software Development: http://alistair.cockburn.us/ASD+book+extract%3A+%22Communicating,+cooperating+teams%22/v/slim -Alistair's Richness of Communication graph: http://alistair.cockburn.us/get/2287 -Alistair on coining "A story card is a promise for a conversation": http://alistair.cockburn.us/Origin+of+user+story+is+a+promise+for+a+conversation -CRC Cards: http://www.extremeprogramming.org/rules/crccards.html -Jeff Bezos's Management Tool for Self-Discipline: http://blog.idonethis.com/jeff-bezos-self-discipline-writing/ *** We'd love to hear any thoughts, ideas or feedback you have regarding the episode. You can email us, here: agile@troubleshootingagile.com Tweet us, here: twitter.com/TShootingAgile Or find our website, here: troubleshootingagile.com/ Also, here is a link to our iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/troub…d1327456890?mt=2 If you have a moment, please like, subscribe and share with your friends. We really appreciate it.

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