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Tech Lead Journal

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Great technical leadership requires more than just great coding skills. It requires a variety of other skills that are not well-defined, and they are not something that we can fully learn in any school or book. Hear from experienced technical leaders sharing their journey and philosophy for building… read more


#3 - Agile Essence and Challenging Status Quo - Stanly Lau

“Knowing and understanding are very different things. Unless I practice it along with good guidance, I may not increase my understanding."

There are several Agile misconceptions in the industry lately. It has even come to a point where people are being skeptical and starting to doubt the actual value of Agile methodologies and practices.

In this episode, I had a conversation with Stanly Lau, one of the early leaders of the Agile Singapore community, about these Agile misconceptions and what we can do to bring back Agile to what it was originally intended for. Stanly is an Agile Coach in Odd-e and he enjoys helping others to produce better quality software sustainably. Stanly also shared Odd-e unique culture and how it is challenging the status quo by experimenting for other ways of building and operating a successful company.

Listen out for:

  • How Stanly initially bumped into Agile - [00:03:41]
  • Why Stanly decided to join Odd-e and why Odd-e has such a unique culture - [00:09:41]
  • The origin of Agile, its essence and biggest misconceptions - [00:15:55]
  • Why Stanly brought thought leaders to Singapore for Agile Conferences and workshops - [00:22:35]
  • Stanly’s experiment going back to the industry as employee to gain self-awareness, empathy, and thus becoming better coach - [00:25:27]
  • Stanly’s 3 Tech Lead Wisdoms - [00:32:56]


Stanly Lau’s Bio
Stanly Lau is an experienced software development coach and trainer at Odd-e. He helps organisations become more agile by adopting better development and people practices through experiments and congruent actions. He is also one of the early leaders of the Agile Singapore community.

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