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Web Interview Retrospective

Today, I was the guest for a live web interview with @AgileScout.  I’ll admit, I’d never done a live (video) web interview before.  I did recently do an audio interview with @tykiisel & @RaeLogan.  I enjoy interacting with people but I usually do it one-on-one.  I rely a lot on audio and visual feedback to steer a conversation.  So, that made both interviews a bit challenging for me.  Since I had no visual feedback for the audio interview, I literally closed me eyes to stay focused.  To help me stay focused during the video interview, I closed all screens with the exception of the one of me on camera.  No, I’m not vain.  I just wanted to make sure I was centered on the camera.  

So, let me say, I really enjoyed the interview.  Peter made it seem effortless.  There is a lot going on behind the scenes.  We talked before the interview to resolve technical issues and roughly go over the scope of the interview.  When you watch the interview, know two things.  [1] I was pretty excited and anxious.  I had already drank a pot of coffee.  [2] I was staring at a live feed of myself, not Peter.

ASL002 – LIVE with Derek Huether 2011.01.22 from Agile Scout on Vimeo.

The Retrospection

While we were doing the interview, my wife was in the other room watching the live feed.  After the interview, she said she thought I drank way too much coffee (during the interview) AND I moved around too much.  You know what?  That’s not bad feedback!  If she had walked into the room and told me what I was doing (during the interview), I would have probably stopped (drinking my coffee).  Though it would have been a momentary interruption of the interview, it would have been a perfect testament to the need for short feedback loops.  THIS is a perfect example of why you want co-located teams.  THIS is a perfect example of why you have daily stand-ups.

Shorten the feedback loop and you will have less waste and deliver more value.

Thank you, again, to Peter Saddington for being an independent voice democratizing Agile.

About Derek Huether

I'm a Transformation Consultant at LeadingAgile. I have a goal to take the hand waving out of Agile, Kanban, & Scrum. I’m a strange combination of a little OCD, a little ADHD, a lot of grit, and a lot of drive. I come from a traditional PM background but I don't give points for stuff done behind the scenes. The only thing that counts is what you get done and delivered. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon)

5 Responses to “Web Interview Retrospective”

  1. January 23, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Awesome-sauce. Was my pleasure and a ton of fun! Look forward to doing it again soon!

    • Anonymous
      January 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      I just watched the whole interview, end-to-end. Being a good host includes making your guests look good. There was a time or two during the interview that I started to drift. You kept things moving right along. Excellent job. I look forward to watching future interviews!

  2. January 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I drank quite a bit of coffee that morning as well, so not sure if I was just as amped up, but it seemed like a natural and enthusiastic conversation from both you and Peter.

    • Anonymous
      January 23, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      It was certainly a natural and enthusiastic conversation. I get genuinely excited when I have an opportunity to talk about stuff like this. It’s one thing to talk about things you’re trying to sell. It’s completely different to talk about things you believe and live.

      Thanks for asking the question during the interview and more importantly for taking the time to watch it live! I greatly appreciate it.

  3. Anonymous
    January 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed the interview! Props again go out to Peter. He really knew what he was doing and made it as easy on me as possible.

    Even if you’re not working with a team, you’re working with a client. Find a way to possibly communicate with them, by sharing a Google Doc or something. You can list what you’re done with, what you’re working on, and what is waiting on feedback from them. Yes, it sounds like I’m describing a Kanban board. But sharing a list may be a great first step. The customer doesn’t have to wait to be told you’re half done, if they can passively see a list reflecting the same.

    Thank you so much for watching the interview! I’m looking forward to see who Peter is going to interview next.

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