Great discussions and some new faces joined us today. Topics we discussed:
- Scaled Agile Framework – What is it? When to use it? How does it help with multiple teams? Information is available at http://scaledagileframework.com
- Creative ways to get a Scrum team to take more ownership of their work – We discussed how the Product Owner and ScrumMaster interact with the team. We also talked about using retrospectives and specifically the ORID approach (Mark Kilby highly recommends the book on this technique “The Art of Focused Conversation“). We also discussed using powerful questions (see Lyssa Adkin’s book). Mark Kilby also recommends the new book Scrummastery: From Good to Great Servant Leadership by Geoff Watts.
- Culture shock (team merger restart) – What happens when you are asked to “merge” two teams? What happens when you have “factions” that don’t want to merge? We discussed retrospectives to explore this. We also talked about using an “ambassador model” where one team member shares ideas and conversations between the groups.
Thanks to Esteban Garcia for hosting this session of Lean Coffee Orlando.
- Waterfall vs Scrum
- Planning for Bugs
- What is scrum
Some topics and summaries from this week:
- What is the “best” of the Agile Lifecycle Management (ALM) Tools – short answer “it depends on your team and your product”. Forrester just came out with their report on ALM tools and includes tools like Rally, IBM, Atlassian (Greenhopper, now called Jira Agile) and others. Those are all great tools, but may not always be best for you. Some great tools for small teams that we discussed (and some of us are using) where LeanKit and Scrumy. Keep in mind, that if you are going to scale, Rally and VersionOne have free 10-user versions. For Jira Agile, you can get a 30-day free trial (first for Jira and then adding the Jira Agile plug-in). Best to figure out your agile process first before you jump into a tool unless you have immediate needs to keep distributed team members or stakeholders in sync.
- When Does GUI Design Get Accomplished? short answer – all the time. We talked about rolling wave planning, progressive elaboration, visioning, epics and user stories. Much of this is covered in Mike Cohn’s books and website
- How to estimate requirements design effort? Again, see Mike Cohn’s work.
- What was your agile “aha” moment? This was a great way to get to know more about the folks who gathered with us this morning. It was funny that it was voted a low priority, but folks wanted to finish with this rather than take on another topic that tied with it.
Topics we didn’t get to or talked about briefly:
- Starter Studio – awesome new startup incubator in Orlando started by Gregg Pollack of Envy Labs. Mark is an agile mentor there.
- Agile outside of software development – folks might be interested in the Agile for non-software LinkedIn group
- What is hot in Agile? See Mark’s post on Agile2013
- What is Agile Orlando doing next? See AgileOrlando.com Events and Discussions
- How does an independent get started in Agile (job placement?)?
Big thanks to Jeremy Lightsmith for getting us on the site. If you come to Orlando, please visit http://agileorlando.com to see when we meet next (typically on every other Friday).
Great discussions on how to use Scrum and kanban to start up operations on a new company, when is waterfall valid, a little about scrumban and more.
Some great discussions on moving from 4-week to 2-week iterations, ways to improve backlog management, how to grow a scrummaster (so you can move on), and a bit about Hackathons (https://www.diigo.com/user/mkilb…) and Lego Serious Play (http://www.seriousplay.com/)
For those first 2 discussions, some other great ideas are in this blog post on how to use Kanban for Scrum improvements http://yuvalyeret.com/2012/04/2…
I’m thinking I might even do a Scrumban lightning talk now.
Smaller group today, but a wide range of topics including why people struggle with agile, entrepreneurship, and how to inspect and adapt your marketing efforts.
Smaller crew today, but good conversation always. We discussed tools such as Rally, Greenhopper/Jira and Scrumy. We talked about middle management as the key enabler for agile teams, we reviewed the pain of agile hangovers (might be a blog post there) and some updates on August relaunch of Agile Orlando.
Again, great conversations on scrum vs kanban vs scrumban, motivating your teams, who is your real client and bad product ownership. Wish we had gotten to talk about agile in game dev. I wanted to find out if some folks knew about Clinton Keith and his book Agile Game Development with Scrum http://clintonkeith.com/agd.htm…
Other topics we mentioned Dan Pink’s Drive which you can see links to the book and two great 10min videos here:
I’ll do some more research on Scrumban to see what is the latest info.