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 »
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 »
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.
Holocracy has been in the news for great and not-so-great reasons recently. Some negative press has not really impacted the conversation on the intent and core principles driving the Holocracy movement. My Pecha Kucha presentation will focus on how agile teams can embed the core thinking and principles of Holocarcy benefit from it. I will use examples to demonstrate the alignment between Holocracy and agile and why... more »
We rank order our backlog, we rank order retrospective findings. Why don't we rank order the agile principles? Are they really all priority 0? The Agile Principles 20/20 exercise is a simple team collaboration activity that will allow a team to agree on what is important in the use of agile. When conducted across an organization the results can then be used to foster conversation that can bring the organizations to better... 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 »
Agile adoption is not easy. Changing the Mindsets is almost a mission impossible activity, yet it is "I'm possible".
Steps to consider during Adoption to help people embrace Agile
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.
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?
Elinor Ostrom was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Economics for her eight design principles for sustainably managing shared resources. These principles have since been successfully applied to self-organized governance systems to create effective communication, internal trust and reciprocity, This talk will show how these principles can be applied self-managing Agile teams to engage with enterprise stakeholders .... more »
I was listening to an interview with a well known DJ years ago. The interviewer has asked the DJ what kind of music would he enjoy listening to. The DJ responded that he wouldn't enjoy listening to music anymore. He used to enjoy music before becoming a DJ. Now that he became a DJ, he had to listen to all kind of music and in many genres. He needed to do that to be able to energize the crowd that he was playing music... more »
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 »
When we talk about Servant Leadership, we cite Greenleaf’s First Test of Servant Leadership – addressing the high priority need of others before anything else. We ignore the other 10 aspects of Leadership that are an integral part of Servant Leadership. Over focusing on the “servant” part scares off good managers before they can understand how to be true leaders. In this Pecha Kucha style presentation, we will explore... more »
Hansei is a japanese word that can be translated as reflection, introspection or even meditation. The first time I heard that word I was 5 or 6 years old. I used to spend a lot of time in my grandfather’s house at that time and every time I made some mischief, he used to tell me “hansei-shinasai” (do hansei). Several years later while I was reading about Toyota, I found the word again explained as a fundamental step for... more »