Mark Kilby, Stephanie Davis and Rick Regueira on Effective User Groups & Remote Agile

InfoQMark Kilby, Stephanie Davis and Rick Regueira share their tips around reinvigorating their respective user groups and together building a statewide learning network as well working remotely Agile.

mark-steph-rickSource: Mark Kilby, Stephanie Davis and Rick Regueira on Effective User Groups & Remote Agile

Episode 98: The Heckle Revolution YOW! 2015 Edition

The Agile Revolution

YOW_2015_Conference_-stacked-PNGCraig joins Darren Rogan, Ben Morgan and Leigh Appel in another special cross over episode with the Hack && Heckle Podcast to talk software development, Agile and preview the upcoming YOW! conference that will be covered by both podcasts.

This episode has been released simulatenously as H&&H 131 – Hack and Heckle / Agile Revolution Discuss the YOW! Conference.

Discussion points included:

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YOW! 2015 – 40 Agile Methods in 40 Minutes

YOW_2015_Conference_-stacked-PNGMy presentation from YOW! 2015 called “40 Agile Methods in 40 Minutes” is available on Slideshare. The video is also available on YouTube.

With 73% of the world using Scrum as their predominant Agile method, this session will open up your eyes to the many other Agile and edgy Agile methods and movements in the world today For many, Agile is a toolbox of potential methods, practices and techniques, and like any good toolbox it is often more about using the right tool for the problem that will result in meaningful results.Take a rapid journey into the world of methods like Mikado, Nonban, Vanguard and movements like Holocracy,Drive and Stoos where we will uncover 40 methods and movements in 40 minutes to help strengthen your toolbox.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Software developers, Agile coaches / Scrum Masters, technical leaders, business analysts, testers and anyone with an interest in the variety of approaches available to Agile teams and organisations.

It was a privilege to be invited to speak at YOW! 2015 which is considered to be the leading software development in Australasia. The talk was delivered in 3 cities: Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. It was also an honour to have some of the most influentional people in the Agile community attending including Dave Thomas, Dan North and Don Reinertsen.

Here are some of the live tweets from each of the 3 conference talks:

David Mole on Self Selecting Teams and Drive

InfoQDavid Mole talks about implementing Spotify inspired squads and tribes at Trade Me, as well as the results of experiments in self-selection of teams and inspiration from the work of Daniel Pink.

DavidMoleSource: David Mole on Self Selecting Teams and Drive

Mik Kersten on Current and Future ALM Trends

InfoQMik Kersten talks about current and future trends in ALM and the support for approaches like large scale Agile, DevOps, Docker, Big Data, functional languages and the Internet of Things.

mik-largeSource: Mik Kersten on Current and Future ALM Trends

Bas Vodde and Craig Larman on Large Scale Scrum

InfoQBas Vodde and Craig Larman talk about Large Scale Scrum (LeSS), its origins, and the focus on simplicity, as well as the corresponding website and their new book “Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS”.

Bas-CraigSource: Bas Vodde and Craig Larman on Large Scale Scrum

Adam Weisbart on Improv, Magic and Fun on Agile Teams

InfoQAdam Weisbart talks about using improv and magic to make Agile more fun and shares a bunch of practical tools and resources that should be of interest to anybody leading or coaching an Agile team.

Adam-WeisbartSource: Adam Weisbart on Improv, Magic and Fun on Agile Teams

Episode 97: 3 Things, 3 Letters (Git, CTO, MBA) with Peter Bell

The Agile Revolution

PeterBellAt YOW! Conference, Craig has a chat with Peter Bell, a contract member of the GitHub training team, co-founder of CTO School and the founder of the Startup CTO Summit series and they talk about approaches to learning Git, building better CTO’s and digital literacy for MBA’s.

  • YOW! 2014 talk “How To Undo Almost Anything with Git
  • Balance the appropriate batch size for communicating with your team the work you have completed versus the appropriate batch size for if you mess up you can easily go back – this is typically 2-10 lines of code to the local repository
  • Most teams just need a master branch that is always releasable and all work done on feature branches that are merged into master
  • training.github.com – training options and a number of great resources
  • Learning Git – not easy to learn on the job, balance of basic how to use…

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Jeff Patton on User Story Mapping and Product Management

JInfoQeff Patton talks about his book “User Story Mapping” and the background and approaches to the story mapping process as well as upcoming trends in relation to product management.

Jeff-PattonSource: Jeff Patton on User Story Mapping and Product Management

Impact Feedback and Finding the Right Word

updownWhen attending the Coaching Agile Teams class with Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd earlier in the year, one of the new concepts (at least I don’t remember it from the previous class I did back in 2013) was the idea of “impact feedback”. Simply put, impact feedback is a mechanism to give feedback to someone with a focussing on how that action impacted you. It is also a great mechanism to ensure that your are not leading the person to the solution, rather helping them see the outcome from a different perspective.

The template for impact feedback is:

When you did / said ……… the impact on me was ………

However, one of the difficulties with this technique is often knowing the right word to say. One of my colleagues from my Agile Coaching Competence Cohort program, Jessica Katz, shared this great little tool for knowing the right word to say to describe your impact emotion.

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It is called the Wheel of Words, it’s exact origin is not clear, although I found it in an article about emotional copywriting as well as an article about vocabularly expansion of English.

Obviously there are other uses for this tool in coaching conversations as well as discussions, presentations, training and general writing,