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Agile-ish life at GitHub

Agile-ish life at GitHub

A presentation to Turku Agile Day students on the Agile culture, flow and nature of work at GitHub, even if it doesn't wear that official label at the company.

Matthew McCullough

May 13, 2014
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  1. Agile-ish life at GitHub
    matthewmccull
    matthewmccullough
    at Turku Agile Day

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  2. [email protected]
    training.github.com
    @matthewmccull
    matthewmccullough

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  3. Matthew McCullough
    @matthewmccull

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  4. agile
    organizations

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  5. agile
    development

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  6. agile
    features?

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  7. waterfall…

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  8. !
    !
    ‣ Plan
    ‣ Design
    ‣ Develop
    ‣ Deploy

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  9. is software ever
    done?

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  10. is software ever
    perfect?

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  11. is code ever
    perfect?

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  12. is code ever
    bug free?

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  13. four years of changes

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  14. 32 colleagues
    2 teams

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  15. 50 colleagues
    2 teams

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  16. 75 colleagues
    3 teams

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  17. 110 colleagues
    4 teams

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  18. 150 colleagues
    5 teams

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  19. 200 colleagues
    10 teams

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  20. 220 colleagues
    12 teams

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  21. 240 colleagues
    15 teams

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  22. 13 managers?

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  23. deploy all the time

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  24. values
    creativity

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  25. – Arthur C. Clarke
    The difference between machines and
    human beings is that human beings can
    be reproduced by unskilled labor.

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  26. !
    !
    chaos? / agile

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  27. !
    !
    flexibility / agile

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  28. !
    !
    iterations / agile

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  29. !
    !
    ‣ Sketch
    ‣ Prototype
    ‣ Review
    ‣ Refine

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  30. !
    !
    README driven development

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  31. !
    !
    Prototype…

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  32. !
    !
    HTML prototypes even for
    native apps

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  33. !
    !
    130 commits

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  34. !
    !
    91 comments

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  35. !
    !
    45 deployments

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  36. !
    !
    10 contributors

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  37. ”Probably

    the most important
    technical book

    of 2010”
    -Martin Fowler, ThoughtWorks

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  38. Distributed VCS

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  39. GITHUB
    COMMUNITIES
    2770 Most Followed Users - JANUARY 2010 Nodes size :
    Edges weight :
    Number of followers
    Number of forked projects
    lifo
    madrobby
    mislav
    simonw
    akitaonrails
    cv
    sinatra
    defunkt
    rails
    thoughtbot
    37signals
    drnic
    ryanb
    leah
    wycats
    mojombo
    topfunky
    jnunemaker technoweenie
    ezmobius
    aslakhellesoy
    richhickey
    rtomayko
    textmate
    ericflo
    binarylogic
    schacon
    dhh
    jamis
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    lenn0x Leont leshill lestrrat lethain leto leent lfittl lg lhl lholden lian libin lifechurch lifo lincolnloop lindsayeans linkingpaths littleidea liedoor liyanage liz llimllib lllnorikolll lloyd lmorchard localhost lodewijk loe
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    cellfusion centro cerego ceritium cesare cgrand cgriego cgrusden chad chadcrowell chadmyers chaoslawful
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    daniellopes danielwanja dankogai danlarkin danlucraft dan-manges dann
    dannyamey danrubin danski danw danwrong darashi darius DarkAngelBGE
    darkwing darrenf darronschall darscan darwin datamapper datawrangling
    daebryson daejohnson daeman692 daemerwin daeott daetroy daglass
    daidbgk daidjrice daidpersson daidrichards daidsmalley daiscabral
    daisp daorg dbalatero dbloete dbr dbrady dbussink dcbriccetti dce
    dcgrigsby dchelimsky dcparker dcramer dcrec1 dcrosta dctanner
    ddemaree ddfreyne ddollar deadprogrammer dealforest deanwilson
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    deelop deelopmentseed deelopwithpassion dfischer dgiunta
    dha dhellmann dhh dhoss diegok dies-el Dieterbe digdog digg
    digi604 digitarald dima dira directeur dioxx dj2 djacobs django
    django-extensions djangrrl djanowski djchall djspiewak djsun
    dkubb dmathieu dmitriid dmitryame DmitryBaranoskiy dneg
    dneighbors DocSaage documentcloud dogmatic dojo dojosp
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    drbrain drd drewolson drforr drikin DRMacIer drnic drudge
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    duelinmarkers dukedae duncanbeeers durran dustin
    duwanis ddplm dydra dwhittle dwillis DylanFM dyoder
    dysinger dziegler earl eastmedia
    E easy-designs ebi ebihara edas edais10 eddanger
    U.S. Users
    Japaneses Users
    U.K. Users
    German Users
    Other Users

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  40. !
    !
    many clones

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  41. !
    !
    many repos

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  42. !
    !
    many contributors

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  43. Alice Bob
    Cory Dana
    Central
    Repo

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  44. Alice Bob
    Cory Dana
    Local
    Repo
    Local
    Repo
    Central
    Repo

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  45. !
    !
    many forks

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  46. !
    !
    many branches

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  47. topic branches
    master branch

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  48. !
    !
    many merges

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  49. !
    !
    simplest thing that works

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  50. !
    !
    simplest thing that works

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  51. !
    !
    a long-lived release needs stability

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  52. !
    !
    embedded code needs stability

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  53. !
    !
    customized apps needs stability

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  54. !
    !
    simplest thing that works

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  55. pull request

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  56. !
    !
    branch with identity

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  57. !
    !
    branch with conversation

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  58. !
    !
    branch with state

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  59. rebasing flow

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  60. testing demands

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  61. !
    !
    quick builds

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  62. !
    !
    quick tests

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  63. !
    !
    quick deployments

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  64. feature flag

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  65. embrace smaller iterations

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  66. !
    !
    focused ideas

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  67. !
    !
    focused changes

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  68. !
    !
    focused sketches

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  69. !
    !
    focused prototypes

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  70. !
    !
    focused deploys

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  71. – Donella H. Meadows, Thinking in Systems: A Primer
    “Remember, always, that everything you
    know, and everything everyone knows, is only
    a model. Get your model out there where it
    can be viewed. Invite others to challenge
    your assumptions and add their own.”

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  72. Agile-ish life at GitHub
    matthewmccull
    matthewmccullough

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