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!
Renee, Craig and Tony are together to chat with Serge Beaumont, Principal Agile Coach at Xebia, live from his man cave and despite showing their lack of mathematical skills in relation to dice they chat about:
- In relation to culture, if the human connections are there you can handle just about anything
- A foundational cultural aspect at Xebia is that they implemented Xebia Knowledge Exchange (XKE) – every second Tuesday the team has dinner and then has a mini-conference of about 20 streams
- Xebia were at the foundation of the ING Agile transformation
- Rode PodMic
- You need leadership that truly believes in culture as a powerful thing
- Renee does story maps like trees and Serge prefers to ensure that he finds his epic on the horizontal slice rather than using the activities on the vertical backbone, building towards an MVP
- All backlogs should be tree structures
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- Alistair Cockburn gets mentioned at around the 2:30 minute mark, and Martin was responsible for first bringing him to Australia
- Being coached is being open to an experience you aren’t controlling
- Certified Agile Leadership
- Agile is always going to hurt, need to prepare for pain and enjoy it
- Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation – need to understand the environmental factors that are forcing Agility into organisations
- Knowledge of customers is more superior than ever before – due to education and social intelligence (Target inappropriate clothing for children)
- VUCA is here to stay – accept that you need to listen
- Australia Post is a good agile example organisation – reinvented themselves through identity services, travel…
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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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With 73% of the world using Scrum as their predominant Agile method, which has a direct impact on service management, 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. You may also be surprised about how many methods have a direct relation or reliance on service management as well as the wider organisational structure and culture. So let’s 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 understanding and toolbox.
It was an honour to be invited to Darwin to present this talk to the Darwin tech community who are a small but extremely passionate community. Here are some photos:
- Dependencies are the number one thing that kills agility
- Scaling agility across a large organisation is a 5 – 10 year journey
- Scrum is often disconnected from the portfolio planning layer, the scaling methods are making the program level agile and predictable
- If you want business agility you have to hinge the technology into the business
- Sometimes it takes a few attempts for agile transformations, like tipping over a Coke machine (and unlike tipping a cow), you need to lead with results and then work on cultural change to be successful
- If the leader of an Agile transformation left the organisation, would they go back to the old way or is Agile part of their DNA – if they would go back they have not been transformed
- The scaling Agile frameworks are relatively new…
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- Water-Scrum-Fall came about because Scrum is often delivered in the context of a organisational waterfall lifecycle
- Scrum implies a magical Product Owner that is empowered and understands the market to effectively create a backlog and manage it and the Scrum Guide provides very litte guidance around this
- Nexus is a way of getting multiple teams working from the same backlog and provides an exoskeleton to Scrum
- “Scrum 21 Years and The Future” talk at Agile 2016
- People don’t get Scrum, it is always surprising how few people have read the Scrum Guide
- The Scrum Guide is in audiobook form (but not yet in Klingon)
- The Sprint Review is not a phase gate, it is the opportunity to inspect and…
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- Renee is watching “The Leftovers” while Craig has been binge watching “Mad Men” and they talk about TV show podcasts such as “The West Wing Weekly“
- ANZ (one of Australia’s big four banks) is diving into Agile (everywhere but bank branches)
- Silicon Valley Agile (Scrum) reference (NSFW!)
- UK is wasting 37 million pounds per year on failed Agile projects (but the devil is in the detail not the headline)
- IBM calling remote workers back to the office – is it about trust, staff reductions or something else?
- The Thomas Allen Curve
- 17 Essential Hacks Every Scrum Master Should Know
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- The Scrum Guide was updated in July 2016 to add some value(s)
- Renee has a copy of the Scrum Body of Knowledge (for $#!^$ and giggles)
- The need for an Agile Manifesto 2.0, will it go away?
- Ghostbusters, Splash and Top Gun
- Modern Agile – “Agile is old, we need to make it modern” or Craig’s article “Agile 2016 Keynote: Modern Agile” on InfoQ as well as the original article “Modern Agile“
- Tony and Craig already spoke about Modern Agile in “Episode 116: The Heart of Modern Agile“
- Mike Cohn blog on “The Dangers of a Definition of Ready“, is it essential to teams and the crossover with the definition of…
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