047: Communicating Across Boundaries with Declan Whelan

September 20th, 2017 · 1 hr 6 mins

About this Episode

00:16 – Welcome to “I Rolled a Natural 20 For My Agility Check” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!”

01:31 – Background and Superpower; Empathy

09:08 – Cross-Cultural Communication Dynamics

Women in Agile

15:48 – Biases, Understanding Dynamics, and Facilitating as an Ally

"To have biases is to be human. It's not a bad thing."

@dwhelan @greaterthancode

21:02 – Being Authentic

25:31 – Is Agile something that you are or something that you do?

35:37 – Adopting Practices Across Teams

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

People love consistency. Ask, what are the benefits? then strive for common outcomes, not common practices.


41:57 – Technical Debt and Technical Health: How do we amplify what we want?

Code Climate


Jessica: Strive for common outcomes; not common practices.

Coraline: Some situations should be taken as a promise for a conversation.

Janelle: Ask for permission.

Sam: Identifying and clarifying outcomes that we want.

Declan: Figure out how you can have effective conversations with your teams.

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