Task boards are very visible transparent art forms customized and developed over time to provide what all keys players need – a view of the work to be undertaken, its current state, its velocity and its ultimate goal to completion. Through 7 years of experience working with tasks boards, I’ve developed many different styles of boards for different types of work and different types of teams. Each iteration brings a ...more »
Leadership & Coaching
The best processes are those that encourage teams to naturally do the right things at the right times. Amazing processes like this don’t happen by accident; they are specifically designed to encourage desirable behavior while discouraging harmful behavior. By carefully choosing the process’s affordances — practices or artifacts that direct our thinking toward a specific goal — a team can tailor a process that makes success ...more »
The Bermuda Triangle is a mythical place in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean, where - according to the legends - a number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared, but no one has been able to come up with an explanation why these unusual disappearances have been happening. During the last couple of years I observed a metaphorical similarity between the disappearance of the aircrafts and ships in ...more »
Why should you care about systems? Well, for one reason, because you’ve been part of many of them since you were born; and second, because their rules govern much of the behaviors that you see. Agile is intrinsecally systemic, starting from its very first value ("Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools"), because, when we talk about elements that interact with each other with no direct cause-effect relationship, ...more »
Technical excellence, meaning e.g. quality code, sound architecture, good test automation and coverage, continuous integration and continuous deployment, is the pre-requisite of sustainable software development. Sustainability of software development is essential for improving the ROI and extending the life cycle of software products and services. The absence of technical excellence is a prevalent problem in software ...more »
The challenge is how to scale and adopt the ever growing ecosystem of Agile at enterprise project team, program and portfolio organizational and system hierarchy level and not letting it to be an untamed animal “Fra - Agile”. To build a system of agile value and principle is a paradigm shift and there is no direct model to adopt. Surely, on thing is clear it requires a holistic and pragmatic approach to address culture ...more »
This workshop is about how to use a design thinking process an techniques to better understand organisation's culture and minimize resistance to change in the creation of an Agile culture. The strategy is to combine empathy for the context, creativity in the generation of insights and solutions, and rationality to analyze and fit solutions to the context. This solutions are aimed to create reasons for people in the organisation ...more »
More and More companies are moving to light weight software delivery frameworks. The reason for adoption and the path vary widely.
This talks will describe the experience of the author in working with varied enterprises, and trace the journey of teams that he worked with.
One of the underlying characteristics for successful agile adoption still remains strong executive support.
In this session I'd like to tell my story in ING Direct Spain. Once upon a time …. this multinational corporation was looking for IT methodology specialist (awful name by the way). I was looking for a job, and given that I knew some stuff about RUP, UML and CMMI, and interestingly I also knew some stuff about a methodology that is called Agile (Agile might be good, it sounds like doing the same stuff faster, that might ...more »
If you are looking for ways to change the way you work and improve your products and customer service along the way this session is for you. We will present a case study where we used numerous Serious Games to change how people work so that better products and services are offered. We discuss how we used Serious Games to improve management teams, engage employees, improve collaboration across departments, improve working ...more »
Of all the organizations that have attempted to be Agile, only few have truly succeeded. The primary reasons for lack of success appears to be the lack of understanding the difference between Agile Adoption and Transformation, and in failing to understand that Agile is a mindset and not a collection of processes and that transformation has to do with significant changes to the organization ecosystem. Evidence is also ...more »
Competitive raiding is a tough business. Hundreds of competitors, a cut-throat war for talent and a very low barrier to entry. Most of the work consists of either failing over and over again or grinding mindlessly. Did I mention you can't pay your employees anything for the 20+ hours they put in every week? Welcome to the world of competitive raiding. In it I have lead acquisitions, mergers and had to disolve ventures. ...more »
Groupthink activities are becoming integral to our professional lives as knowledge workers, and especially so for the agile practitioners. However, not all are equally equipped to deal with groupthink activities. For some of us, our brains get overstimulated very quickly, and we need to refuel our energy reserves after hanging out. A third to a half of our team members are introverts (that is a conservative estimate - ...more »
This presentation will review the agile management, development and q/a methods that we have used to create successful agile change programs within the Australian public service. And will focus primarily on case studies drawn from the experience and lessons learnt from within the Department of Human Services and Department of Immigration. We will examine how we brought together existing organisational processes (such ...more »
Other talks and games will teach you how to run a successful XP project. Only this one will teach you how to ruin an Agile project*. In this game we will break every Agile rule, disregard the manifesto and ignore common sense in the singular pursuit of failure (and fun). Each of you will be part of an Agile team with a dis-engaged Customer and micro-managing boss. Being Agile, there will be daily stand-ups, planning ...more »