Q&A with Linda Rising

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Linda Rising is an internationally known presenter on topics related to patterns, retrospectives, influence strategies, Agile development, and the change process. She has a PhD from Arizona State University in the field of object-based design metrics and a background that includes university teaching and industry work in telecommunications, avionics, and strategic weapons systems. Linda is an expert in helping people make changes in their organisations, with proven change management strategies to enable people to become successful change agents in their organisations.

We chatted with her about change management, patterns and aussie wildlife!

You have authored four books and numerous articles on topics related to patterns, retrospectives, influence strategies, Agile development, and the change process. What excites you about software development in 2015? Why are patterns so important?

I think the latest topics in software development are leading and will continue to lead how the world operates. What we are learning — about
the power of agile, how to really apply lean and continuous approaches, is now being applied in the business world at large. We are showing the way! By capturing our best ideas in patterns, we can do a better job of sharing what we know. Pattern names allow a conversation about any domain by covering the problem space with a pattern language, a vocabulary to move toward a common understanding and better communication and improved sharing of ideas.

You are all about change management. If you were only able to impart three pieces of advice to someone who is striving to be a successful change agent in their company, what would they be?

Change takes time. Proceed in baby steps. Always, always experiment, learn, be willing to fail. Is that more than three pieces of advice? :-)!

As ‘Simplicity’ is the key-word for this year’s Agile Australia conference. What does it mean to you and how do you apply it to your work?

It ties into the agile principle of that name. Instead of trying to solve complicated problems by spending enormous amounts of time developing complicated solutions, choose a “good enough” experiment, take a small step, learn, be willing to fail. This is the best way forward. See how consistent I am (my answer to the previous question) :-)!

What do you look forward to the most when visiting Australia?

I love to travel. I look forward, even to places where I’ve been before, to just being there. Every location has its own sense of place. You can feel it when you arrive. I once heard an pipe and drum concert outside the opera house. I once had a chance to hold a koala. I love seeing kangaroos all over the place. It makes me smile to think about it :-)!

Linda and Koala

Linda is a keynote speaker at Agile Australia 2015 and will be leading two not to be missed workshops.

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