Lean-Agile organizations that have demonstrated success at scale share a common set of key characteristics. These characteristics are tied to the adoption of Lean and Agile Values and Principles. This lightning talk introduces the FACTUAL framework which I've used successfully coaching organizations in scaling Agile for the past four years. The framework provides a light weight approach for leaders and change agents ...more »
Thundering down the Yalu River Valley Mig-15s and F-86 Fighters would meet head on to battle for the sky. The valley became know as MiG Alley and is considered the birthplace of jet fighter combat. Within the chaos of this arena a maverick named John Boyd emerged to forge the tactics and training that enabled survival in this new world of Jet Age combat. The simplicity of his tactics and methods are legend. They are ...more »
Change happens to us all the time. Normally, it happens so slowly that we don't particularly notice. Sometimes the change happens so quickly that we do notice. My life changed in September 2009. With sudden hearing loss and constant vertigo, my life took a sudden turn. I learned to ask for help; to accept that I can’t control everything; to see the current state so and to envision where I want to go. I adapt how I work, ...more »
I'd like to talk about why I see so many agile teams struggling with failure.
It's not that they don't know what they need to do.
They just don't believe that they have permission to do what they need to do.
Do you know how to give, ask, and make permission?
Organizational (or “office” or “workplace”) politics are no fun. And politics are everywhere - at least everywhere you find more than 3 people interacting. Worst of all politics can be a barrier to achieving business outcomes and personal fulfillment.
In this lightning talk I will reframe “politics” so you can harness the power of your Agile team and develop an environment of growth and achievement.
It was a photo of a little girl riding a bike amongst the ruins of the Japanese Tsunami that moved me the most. Caught up in the emotion of their photos and stories, I offered to build an iPhone app for a non-profit, using their data to help tell their story. In reality, despite a career in web software, I knew little about mobile apps, cloud computing, or data for good causes. But I learned, and transformed because ...more »
Before getting a CS degree, I spent 15+ years in professional theater. I would guess that on a day-to-day basis I use my theater skills more than my engineering ones. I want to talk about how a few ideas from improvisational theater can help your team embrace new ideas.
Over the last 10 years, I've worked at 3 different organizations, at 7 different sites, in 2 different countries. I've been a Developer, a Technical Lead, a Scrum Master, and a Coach. I've done all of this working directly for each company. Through these experiences I've gathered some reflections on different subcultures between individuals, teams, sites, and organizations. In this talk I'll discuss some of the cultural ...more »
OH: Implement this issue tracking tool and we will be Agile! Do Pair Programming and we will be Agile! We Did Agile at my last company and Agile Doesn't Work! In this session I will explain the essence of the Spine Model (http://spine.wiki). Applying the Spine Model gets you very quickly out of the murky depths of arguing about tools and practices by providing a simple mental model that allows the real misalignments ...more »
Someone named Timothy Turnstone submitted this intriguing talk to the Agile2015 conference. I am eager to comment on it in some detail. The proposed session and related comments follow....please note the intriguing comments from Tobias Mayer, Ron Jeffries, Harrison Owen, and many others..... The Virtue of Coercion Presenter: Tim Turnstone Track: Enterprise Agile Source Link (for reference): https://submissions.agilealliance.org/sessions/3408 ...more »
For nearly 6 years, my family believed an oxygen deficiency at birth left me with mild to moderate brain damage. This created a environment of low expectations that took decades to overcome. Our expectations of others can have a critical impact on every aspect of life, but specifically, what does the way we manage our Agile teams say about our expectations?
Humor, when used properly, can add levity to a heated conversation and allow teams to work through tough situations in unexpected ways. This presentation will explore ways a Scrum Master (or any team member, for that matter) can add humor to those humorless times and bring out the best work in others.