What does Agile mean after all?

As you might already know, I work for JustEat, we are a start-up, a very big one, but still a start-up, I work on the Technology Department, I’m a team leader (I try to do my best at being one) and we have many many open positions.

Recently we had a few good developers coming in for an interview, and they all seem quite surprised that we do not adhere to any specific agile methodology.

We do not do SCRUM, we do not do KANBAN, we do not do regular stand-up.
We believe we are better than that. We are Agile to the extreme.

We use a mix of those methodologies, we use HipChat  and public rooms for all our conversations so that everyone can just jump into another team room, ask question or just keep an eye on what people are doing, we use JIRA to keep our workflow public within our company, everyone can go and have a look at each team board, and see what they are working on and what it’s coming up next in their list. imageimage

We also have a weekly report  that goes out every week to everyone and explain what the Tech department has been working on.

We love technology, we live with technology and use a lot of different technologies, we use a Microsoft stack (MVC/.NET/C#/SQL Server) on Amazon AWS, we use Java and DynamoDB for our Search Engine and Hadoop processing, we use Ruby for test and automation, we use Powershell for some throw away scripting, we use Coffeescript/CouchDB for our EPOS system, we use a ton of open source frameworks.

But, (there is always a but) we are also very business oriented, we do not use all those different technologies just because we like them, we do so because we believe that it’s always better to use the right tool for the job.

If you want to know more about our iper agile way of working, do not hesitate to reply to this post.

 

Continuous Learner #13

MVC
Editing a variable-length list, Knockout-style – Knockout with MVC
http://bit.ly/jLUOHC

Knockout JS: Helping you build dynamic JavaScript UIs with MVVM and ASP.NET
http://bit.ly/hhLejR

Web dev that’s as smooth as Silk… Project Silk
http://bit.ly/m08S3Q

Visual Studio
Glimpse – "What Firebug is for the client, Glimpse does for the server… in other words, a client side Glimpse into whats going on in your server."
http://bit.ly/lAtIVW

Visual Studio PerfWatson Free
http://bit.ly/iZWkxO

Visual Studio 2010 Image Optimizer Extension
http://bit.ly/jRFNjK

High Scalability

Hadoop in Azure
http://bit.ly/kOMkIp

Open source
"Today we start Xamarin, our new company focused on Mono-based products." – Miguel de Icaza
http://bit.ly/m0bQJg