I guess you can call this blog post off topic, since it will not cover lean, agile or management directly. However a Scrum board is present in one of the episodes! I just wanted to deeply recommend the tv-series ”Silicon Valley” from HBO. One of the creators behind this comedy is Mike Judge (known for ”Beavis and Butt-Head”). I think it’s funny, some moments even hilarious!!!
(Screen dump from “Silicon Valley” intro, taken from HBO Nordic)
As you can probably image the story is about a start-up company that tries to make it big time in Silicon Valley. Richard is a computer programmer that has invented a super compressing algorithm and started a company around it called Pied Piper. He and his friends lives in Erlich Bachman’s incubator, but it is more of a man cave to be honest. Soon a battle begins between small Pied Piper and a worldwide billon dollar corporation called Hooli (guess what company that name is a travesty of).
The episodes has names like ”Minimum Viable Product” and ”Proof of Concept”, all geeky-familiar to us in the software industry. Season one is available on HBO, and season two opens next Sunday, April 12, 2015. My favorite moment from season one is ”Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency”, I can’t really tell you what it means, you have to watch for yourself! 🙂
Here is a trailer for season two.
If you want to take a break in your lean and agile endeavors, you should definitely check out ”Silicon Valley”! You can also follow the show on Twitter @SiliconHBO.
All the best,
Tomas from TheAgileist