It was a good day spent at Discuss Aagile Day workshop held on 27th Nov at Pune.
Many thank to Scrum Alliance and iZenBridge team for arranging this effective and interactive workshop.
Thanks to all the speakers for spending their valuable time with us and sharing hands on experiences on interesting agile topics. You can see Workshop Agenda here.
Let’s go on --- There were multiple tracks running in parallel and you could choose topic of your interest.
I attend below sessions and just trying to write down my take away as high level bullet points.
Also, feedback to organisers is at the end of this write up!
Power of Appreciation enquiry by Sridharan Vembu from ThoughtWorks
1. Spend more time on “What went well” while doing retrospective activity! Most of the time during retrospective process, we always spend few mins on what went well and put lot of time in “what did NOT go well” and take out action items.
2. Appreciate team on where they are doing well.
3. Spread positivity in team even if sprint fails. This helps team to perform even better in next sprint.
Agile Coaching Journey Experience – lessons learnt (Experience Report) by Rahul Shah from The Digital Group Inc
1. Implement continuous learning in the team.
2. While Implementing agile in new project , start with below tasks
a. How does current system/process work
b. What are team dynamics
c. How is current information flows between teams ( business, developer, testers, managers, QA, product owner etc )
d. Access existing system with all corners and then fill the gaps with agile practices
3. Award team or individuals for good work
4. Have small games (max 5 mins ) in the team
Contracting for Agile Development Projects by Poonam Jain from Tieto
1. Master SOW contract and create/review virtual SOW contracts for 2 or 3 week based on sprint delivery.
2. SOW contact should be flexible and should be delivery/business/customer focused instead legal/laws oriented.
Agile Clinic – Strengthen Your Organization Agility by Sriharsha B from Wipro Technologies
1. Assess org internally, if org already have agile coach or trainer
2. Train internal team on agile practice
3. Hire agile expert from outside and train internal team members
Note- both have its own pros and cons so choose wisely!!
FOUR ‘S’ principle for Agile Clinic
a. Scout – pickup team members who you see are highly interested in agile implementation or leaning.
b. Sharpen – Sharpen their skills
c. Share - share knowledge/learning with other teams
d. Sustain – sustain the same learning for longer team and do continuous leaning
Just my thoughts, you are the best to know how practically is this possible, but my view is, this can be achieved!
To make such workshop more interactive, productive, Please think on below process !
- Before 2 or 3 weeks, ask registered participants to submit their current problem statement ( in short – just 3 lines ) in context of published agenda.
- Filter out received entries relevant to the discussion.
- Map problem statement with relevant topics.
- Publish problem statement mapped to appropriate agenda. – this will allow participants also to think!
- Discuss that problem statement at the end of session ( 10-15 mins ). Make it Time bound!
- Give a token of appreciation to the top 3 problem statement entry!
This process will make participates to think a lot in advance on the agenda and eventually sessions will become more productive.