The concept of continuous improvement is to stop, pause, reflect, and make small adjustments for the team to improve. But are retrospectives really enough for your teams to improve sprint to sprint? What if your best retrospective still doesn’t yield the results desired and doesn’t move your team out of first gear? What often happens is a narrow view from a team’s perspective on the last sprint or retrospectives don’t provide enough coverage on the broader topics beyond the last iteration.
Simply put, retrospectives are no longer enough!
Join Craig and Michael as they both share their experience and taking your teams to the next level!
Craig, Renee and Tony catch up with old friend and “irregular” guest Adam Weisbart about Agile Virtual Summit, Recess retrospectives, Build Your Own Scrum and making your own pizza.
- Renee realised Washington state is nowhere near Washington, DC
- Agile Virtual Summit 1-5 June 2020 – a collection of great speakers and registration is free!
- Distributed retrospectives – important that people give a voice-over to the items that they add
- Tips for Remote Agile ceremonies – recreate being in the same room with technology as much as possible, avoid the asynchronous Slack bots, actually standup,
- At Slack, you are not allowed to hold a meeting via Slack!
- Recess – retrospectives in a box!
- Making virtual retrospectives fun – change them up, craft retrospectives into a story (Recess does this), remember the future (where would you be if you had the most awesome sprint ever)
- The next thing in Agile just…
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Craig and Tony are at YOW! conference in Brisbane and chat with Jutta Eckstein, author of “Agile Software Development in the Large“, “Agile Software Development with Distributed Teams“, “Retrospectives for Organisational Change” “Diving for Hidden Treasures: Uncovering the Cost of Delay in Your Project Portfolio” with Johanna Rothman and “Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy: Survive & Thrive on Disruption” with John Buck
- Smalltalk and pattern languages was where a lot of the early work and a lot of the early players converged
- Scrum had great marketing and certification over Extreme Programming
- Agile Software Development in the Large came out in 2004 and was probably way before its time
- Craig Larman and Bas Vodde book “Scaling Lean & Agile Development“
- IBM book “A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum“
- A framework is not…
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Craig and Tony are at Agile Australia in Sydney and catch up with Esther Derby, co-author of numerous agile books including Agile Retrospectives and Behind Closed Doors. We also ask the question whether Tony is cool or not….
- Agile Australia keynote “Leaders At All Levels“
- Leadership is the ability to adapt the environment so that everyone is empowered to contribute creatively to solving the problem
- Need to develop the people we are leading as well as the environment
- Need a bigger overlap of the knowledge in organisations so that we can make better decisions
- Systemic failure that we assume because you are good at something (like software development) you will be good at management / leadership – they are very different skills
- Three C’s – clarity (people know what to work on and how it fits into the big picture), conditions (the means to do the…
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- PMI and Agile are completely different mindsets, PMI Project Managers are “the CIOs of their projects”
- AgileWelly – strength through the struggle of doing Agile in government
- Wellington Agile community led by TradeMe, Snapper, BNZ
- Gojko Adzic – Specification by Example and Impact Mapping
- Agile NZ conference
- Retrospective design – creativity in facilitation is a gap
- Esther Derby’s model for restrospectives
- Paper Airplane game – using an abstract process to apply learnings to the real process
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- Design patterns
- Trojan retrospectives
- Enterprise retrospective patterns
- Retrospective facilitators – part of the team?
- Distributed retrospectives (and a plug for Linoit)
- The importance of acknowledging success and learning
- Women in IT
Thankyou to the YOW! 2012 conference for inviting The Agile Revolution to record podcast interviews at the conference!
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- Top ten reasons Darth Vadar was an amazing Project Manager
- Agile and Lean Software Development Linked In group renamed
- The IIBA BABOK Agile Extention
- One day on the USS Enterprise
- Daily Retrospectives
Bad Smell Bingo for stand-ups:
- Starts late
- Not everyone turns up
- Not enough of a quorum
- Not standing up
- Running over 10 minutes (too long)
- No focus on roadblocks
- Not touching cards
- No understanding/association to a story
- Talks too long (particular individual)
- Not focussing on the three questions (What I did yesterday, What I plan on doing today and roadblocks)
- No consistency in the way it is run
- Too big
- Directed to PM
- Directed to IM/Scrum Master
- Conversations are not off-lined
- Conversations are off-lined too quickly
- Risks to delivery not understood
- No one volunteers to help
- Too short/not meaniful enough
- Too boring/monotonous
- Run like…
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- Henrik Kniberg’s Scrum from the Trenches
- Lyssa Adkin’s Coaching Agile Teams
- Retrospective Cookies (found by Lisa Crispin)
- Knowledge acquisition curve by Alistair Cockburn
- Agile after the chasm by Alistair Cockburn
- Rebooting the racoon by Craig Smith
- What I learned from Steve Jobs by Guy Kawasaki
- What everyone is too polite to say about Steve Jobs by Ryan Tate
- Why not velocity as an Agile metric by Esther Derby
- Working hard or hardly working by Esther Derby
- One Manifesto to Rule them all
- Leadership Skills: Tap into team member’s existing motivation by Christopher Avery
- What would an organisation that is using Agile to the max look like?
“Don’t mix dev ops with dev oops!”
“99% of we bapp bugs are caused by 1% of browser types #occupyinternetexplorer”
“Gartner’s analysts are predicting that by 2012 that Agile development methods will be used in…
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Back to our usual revolutionists Craig, Tony and Renee take a look over Craig’s recent escapades at Agile 2011 and STANZ.
And so much time was spent on referring to this book or that book that we just had to link what books we unwittingly covered in what we like to call Tony’s Oprah Winfrey Bookclub!
- Tribes by Seth Godin – Craig’s review of it and Renee’s review of it.
- Drive by Daniel Pink
- Chasing the Rabbit or now known as The High Velocity Edge by Steven Spears; recommended by Tony as a great Lean book.
- Agile Retrospectives – Making Good Teams Great by Esther Derby and Diana Larson; there might be a reason why this wasn’t discussed, but Renee did read it recently; it was okay but potentially an overrated book.
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