CL223: Getting Into Creative Flow – Interview with Mik Kersten

Mik Kersten
Dr. Mik Kersten started his career as a Research Scientist at Xerox PARC where he created the first aspect-oriented development environment. He then pioneered the integration of development tools with Agile and DevOps as part of his Computer Science PhD at the University of British Columbia. Founding Tasktop out of that research, Mik has written over one million lines of open-source code that is still in use today, and he has brought seven successful open-source and commercial products to market. He is the author of Project to Product: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption with the Flow Framework.
In this episode, we cover:
  • 2:54 – Getting into the flow of writing code
  • 3:16 – Introversion to Extroversion
  • 5:16 – Setting up flow blocks
  • 6:37 – Getting things done
  • 7:49 – Scheduling recurring events
  • 8:44 – Understanding your energy levels
  • 11:51 – Digital disruption
  • 14:33 – Value streams
  • 16:28 – Project Management vs Agile
  • 18:46 – Software as a creative discipline
  • 18:58 – Flow and feedback
  • 21:40 – DevOps
  • 21:50 – Lean Startup
  • 22:48 – Mik’s ‘lightbulb moment’
  • 24:30 – Steve Blank

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