The Edges of Lean — Episode 43 Continuous Improvement and the Connection with Agile with Samuel Gregory


The connection between Lean and Agile is widely misunderstood. In this podcast we will answer all your questions about these two different approaches.
Join us as Samuel Gregory explains when an agile approach is needed and what’s really behind the word.
Samuel Gregory is the founder of Jupiter and the Giraffe, a website design consultancy as well as hosting the weekly That Tech Show Podcast. During his time Samuel has helped world-class tech companies like Netflix and Corning as well as Conde Nast build engaging and experiential websites, working as both an engineer, leveraging his experience coding since the early 2000s as well as a technical program manager and a project manager.
Using his experience and appreciation for creativity gathered during his time at Framestore, Samuel has also consulted with UI designers and user experience designers on many digital products. With this experience, Samuel has seen many of the ups and downs that can happen on website projects from both the technical side and the business side. He uses this knowledge, along with his ability to communicate complex, technical ideas into more accessible language teaching what he believes is expected in modern website development. This streamlined approach helps to keep both clients and teammates working effectively together 

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Key Topics in this podcast:
● Samuel’s career background
● How he came up with the name of his company
● What is Agile and its connection to Lean?
● Simplifying the term “Agile”
● Why some people dislike Agile
● The history of the connection of Agile and lean
● How Agile originated from Lean
● Interactivty of websites and Its benefits for companies
● What needs to change in education to help industry to focus on learning and not just delivering
● Samuel’s advice for the young people who just started out their career
● Agile is an iterative approach to project management and software development that helps teams deliver value to their
customers faster and with fewer headaches.
● An agile team delivers work in small, but consumable, increments. Requirements, plans, and results are evaluated
continuously so teams have a natural mechanism for responding to change quickly.
● Scrum is a framework that helps teams work together. Much like a rugby team (where it gets its name) training for the big game, scrum encourages teams to learn through experiences, self-organize while working on a problem, and reflect on their wins and losses to continuously improve.
● Kanban is a popular framework used to implement agile and DevOps software development. It requires real-time
communication of capacity and full transparency of work.
● Agile isn’t required for for building websites but may be more appropriate for software product development.

Memorable Quotes From Samuel Gregory
‘’Whenever you encounter something, whenever you see something new, don’t just observe it, and let it fly by. Go down that rabbit hole! I am encouraging you to follow your nose.”