The Mob Mentality Show
Stop Suffering with Training: Use Learning Ensembles with Ted M. Young

Stop Suffering with Training: Use Learning Ensembles with Ted M. Young

September 25, 2022

Ever suffered through a traditional training session? What about it made it painful?
On the other hand, ever came out a learning session refreshed and ready to apply new skills? What was the game changer that really elevated the session?

Join Chris and Austin as they have a great time with Ted M. Young discussing traditional training vs. learning ensembles. Ted shares his journey through many different styles of training including his recent remote discoveries leading to learning with faster feedback and better results. Then they jump into the world of Hexagonal Architecture and Outside-In TDD. They discuss tips and tricks on not only how to teach these things but also to apply them in real production code in smaller steps.

Video and Show Notes: https://youtu.be/edwXPr5Nrno  

Task Force Driven Development with Steve Bishop

Task Force Driven Development with Steve Bishop

September 18, 2022

When have you seen teams be the most effective? Standing teams? Or, just-in-time teams?
Instead of forming long-lived teams around a product, a domain, or a component, what would it look like for a team to self-organize around a thin-sliced full-stack task?

Join Chris and Austin as they discuss the innovative practice of "Task Force Driven Development" (TFDD) with Steve Bishop. Come hear what happens when concepts from lean software development, domain driven design, and the mythical man month integrate in dynamic reteaming. Next, they explore the synergy of TFDD with Mob Programming and share several observations after coaching many mobs.

Video and Show Notes: https://youtu.be/7vRkiGatUNI  

Clear & Simple with Dustin Thostenson

Clear & Simple with Dustin Thostenson

September 11, 2022

Is laziness in software development good or bad?
How about a lack of focus? When is it good for a system to favor short attention spans? When is it not so good?

Join Chris and Austin as they have a lively discussion with Dustin Thostenson on the topic of "Clear & Simple." They first dive into learning by doing, katas, understanding others, and being understood. Then they not only explore the paradoxes involved in laziness and focus but also share about how those things tie into improving interpersonal skills via mob programming.

Video and Show Notes: https://youtu.be/izcEefyTZVw 

What Goes on in Dedicated Learning Time?

What Goes on in Dedicated Learning Time?

September 4, 2022

Heard of dedicated learning time but never experienced it yourself?
Curious what people actually do during this mystical time?

Join Chris and Austin as they share about what goes on in dedicated learning time. They not only give examples of some activities they have seen (e.g., solo vs. group learning), but they also share what they are doing in dedicated learning time right now. Topics also covered include learning how to learn and the interplay between production work and dedicated learning time. 

Video and Show Notes: https://youtu.be/bFwVytv-Iik 

Collective Product Ownership

Collective Product Ownership

August 28, 2022

If silos are problematic for technical knowledge, are they also problematic for product knowledge?
Should product experimentation, decisions, and prioritization be owned by the "single wringable neck"? Or can it be owned by a team?

Join Chris and Austin as they share about "Collective Product Ownership." After they discuss the distinction between a siloed feature factory and a shared feature discovery shop, Austin shares a collective product ownership mob case study on an IoT cloud innovation. Come see how group customer interaction, group visioning, group diagramming, and group product experimentation is not only possible but also can be fun and effective.

Video and Show Notes: https://youtu.be/lD-4CpPGg5Q 

The Joy of Continuous Delivery with Dave Farley

The Joy of Continuous Delivery with Dave Farley

August 21, 2022

"Production Deployments" …does this phrase strike fear into your soul? Or Joy? Stress or Peace? 
What things are conducive to dreadful delivery? What things are conducive to delightful delivery?

Join Chris and Austin as they discuss "The Joy of Continuous Delivery" with Dave Farley. Dave not only shares about the Zen of Continuous Delivery (CD) but also shares about barriers to CD, TDD/BDD & CD, small steps, and CD coaching. They also discuss Modern Software Engineering (in a hyper-agile context) and the ROI of learning organizations.

Video and Show Notes: https://youtu.be/mjoBw1utFAY 

Throughput Accounting for Knowledge Work with Daniel Doiron

Throughput Accounting for Knowledge Work with Daniel Doiron

August 14, 2022

Is Theory of Constraints and Throughput Accounting in opposition to Lean and Agile thinking? How about with Mob Programming? Or, are the relationships more synergistic?

Join Chris and Austin as worlds collide in this discussion with Daniel Doiron on "Throughput Accounting for Knowledge Work." It starts off with summaries of Theory of Constraints, Throughput Accounting, The Goal, Brown Money, and Green Money. Then they dive into Special vs. Common Causes and compare/contrast it all with Lean, Agile, Kanban, and Ensemble Programming. 

Video and Show Notes: https://youtu.be/WAtNnyGEBSg 

Creating Coding Careers via Mob Programming with Mike Roberts

Creating Coding Careers via Mob Programming with Mike Roberts

August 7, 2022

What things make a career in tech unattainable for some?
What would make a career in tech accessible to more people?
Once someone has started their code journey, what things help a career flourish?

Join Austin and Chris as they discuss with Mike Roberts making tech careers accessible and equitable at Creating Coding Careers. Mike not only shares about the mission and results of https://cccareers.org/ but he also shares many aspects of his "playbook" for enhancing and enriching the early career of developers: e.g., Mob Programming, Apprenticeship, Mentors, Job Placement, etc. 

Video and Show Notes: https://youtu.be/RPOXewO7ZeQ  

Mob Programming from a College Student’s Perspective with Jack Wei, Joel Plotnik, and Alec Arce

Mob Programming from a College Student’s Perspective with Jack Wei, Joel Plotnik, and Alec Arce

July 31, 2022

You may have heard about Mob Programming from a professional developer's perspective. But have you heard about it first hand from a college student's perspective?

Join Chris and Austin as they ask college students Jack Wei, Joel Plotnik, and Alec Arce about their ensemble experiences with other students and with professional engineers. Jack, Joel, and Alec share about what they liked and what they did not like in their weekly mobbing sessions. Lastly, as they reach the end of their college journey, they offer advice to college students who are just starting out. 

Video and Show Notes: https://youtu.be/tg84bP-s3Mg 

Mob Emails and Communication

Mob Emails and Communication

July 24, 2022

How did you learn to communicate well?
How do you teach emotional intelligence and tact to other team members?
What are ways teams can interact with others where it feels like it's coming from a team and not just an individual?

Come join Chris and Austin as they share how they write emails and learn/teach communication skills in an ensemble. Flow efficiency patterns and anti-patterns are covered. Email "refactoring" stories are shared. Come hear how collective ownership not only applies to code but also to communication, slides, and yes... GIFs!

Video and show notes: https://youtu.be/ayhbFAJm6Zs 

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