Category: Agile

Order Up! Agile & Lean Lessons From The Restaurant Industry

| By Resalin Rago in Agile, Lean | 0 Comments

Three weeks ago. It’s Friday night. We’re in a lazy mood so we hop in the car and go to the new neighborhood pizza place, Aviator Pizza. It’s our second time to go and it’s even busier than the first time, which is a good sign. The burger joint that occupied this space prior to Aviator didn’t last long.

Seems like blue skies are ahead for Aviator.

We order at the bar and find an open table to wait for our food and I spot the sign next to the side door. Written on a small chalkboard, “Grand Opening – March 4th.”

Since I started working in the Agile industry, I’ve started to see Agile and Lean thinking outside software development. Apparently, work followed me to pizza night. Read More »

7 Agile Coaching Roles Besides An Agile Coach

| By Braz Brandt in Agile, Coaching | 0 Comments

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Vince Lombardi. Phil Jackson. Pat Summit. These are some of the greatest coaches in the history of sports. But what does being a coach really mean? While they are experts of the game at hand, chances are, being an SME is only 50% of what a coach does or is.

A great coach takes on many different roles throughout the relationship,from a defensive coordinator to a father figure. The same is true for an Agile Coach. By effectively and fluidly moving between these roles, a good coach can apply their knowledge and talents to help their clients achieve their best results.

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Lessons Learned from an Ice Cream Social (A Retro On A Sprint Retrospective)

| By William Baxter in Agile, Scrum, ScrumMaster | 2 Comments

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Sprint Retrospectives…the other bookend to Sprints. Retros mark the official end of the Sprint and serves to provide teams the opportunity to reflect so that the next Sprint is even more efficient.
Like all meetings, Sprint Retrospectives can be very useful or attendants can leave feeling confused and even angry if they feel like their time was wasted. They require planning from the ScrumMaster for teams to reap its full benefits. There are a lot of Retrospective activities out there; it helps to know what kind the team needs.

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Sustainable Pace For Everyone (Including Agilists)

| By Reese Schmit in Agile | 0 Comments

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Nod your head if you have said the following:

  • “I need a day off so I can get some work done.”
  • “I’ve been in meetings for the last 6 hours solid.”
  • “It feels like I haven’t been at my desk in two days.”
  • “I’ll get to that this weekend.”

You’ve likely heard phrases like this around the office or said them yourself too many times. According to a Families and Work Institute study one in three American employees are chronically overworked. Multitasking, interruptions, too many meetings and an overwhelming workload are sited as some of the main contributors to their inability to maintain a reasonable work week.  As Agilists we drive home the concepts of focus, prioritization and sustainable pace for our teams but the rest of the company is left out to dry, including ourselves.

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Scrum Events Are Necessary (And Not Evil)

| By David Hawks in Agile, Scrum, ScrumMaster | 0 Comments

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Refs gather for a quick meeting

 

In Scrum, there exists a general confusion about the Scrum events, or meetings: when they happen, who attends and why they exist.

The last question comes up…a lot. There will be resistance to “all the overhead” of Scrum, meetings included. In order to convince others to participate in Scrum events you can’t just say, “those are the rules of Scrum.” Developers and managers need to be convinced, which means we Agilists need to make sure they understand the value. Here are the Scrum Events and a quick explanation of why they exist.

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Do this, Not that: 8 Bad Habits Sabotaging Your Agile Transformation

| By agilevelocity in Agile, Agile Transformation | 0 Comments

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There are a lot of bad work habits: being late, checking Facebook too* many times, not putting your dirty coffee mug in the dishwasher, and interrupting your coworkers during meetings. Bad habits are “bad” because results are negative. They become even more destructive when they directly oppose a goal, e.g., late-night eating when you’re trying to lose weight.

It’s the same with Agile.

During an Agile transformation or adoption, behaviors that were innocent, even positive, can pause momentum or even BLOCK progress. That’s because Agile is not just a process change. Truly becoming Agile involves updating practices and taking a long, hard look at company culture. Below are nine bad behaviors to curb and good replacements if you want to make sure Agile sticks.

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Adventures in Agile Marketing: Estimating Story Points

| By Resalin Rago in Agile, Agile Marketing | 0 Comments

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A lot has happened since my last Agile marketing post about revamping the editorial calendar. For one thing, I still use my editorial calendar, but it’s become a brainstorm repository instead of an organizational tool. Also, I now have another person on my marketing team which has been a tremendous help and immense relief as we’ve been really busy with conferences, white papers, blog posts, and started the arduous process of updating the website in addition to creating physical marketing collateral.

It is a lot to manage for a two-person team so I started to look for ways to become more effective with time and bandwidth. I have a backlog and a Kanban board to visualize the work, a good first step. Now, how do I discuss what’s involved with my team and stakeholders. Specifically…

  1. How do I have meaningful conversations about scope with my team?
  2. How do I show productivity in a way that’s meaningful to stakeholders*?
  3. How do I use data to discuss and prioritize with stakeholders?

I know story points are used in development to estimate work. Can it work for marketing?

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Portfolio Kanban: Applying Lean & Agile Principles At The Portfolio Level [Keep Austin Agile 2016]

| By William Baxter in Agile, Kanban/ Lean, Keep Austin Agile | 0 Comments

Presented at Keep Austin Agile 2016, William Baxter explains how a true Agile transformation goes beyond the team level and team practices through his experience coaching a media company in New York City. The case study presentation explores the good and the bad, the successes and failures. A favorite tip you can implement right away? Adding team faces to your board to humanize the process and conversation. This is especially important for distributed team members.

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