Standup Poker: How We Hacked Our Daily Stand-up & Our Teams Mindset !Kalpesh Shah
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One the most significant ceremony of any Agile Team is Daily Standup where the team members get together and plan for their day. But quite often the daily standup turns into a zombie status update meeting where team members come together to blurt out their updates and walk away to their desk without ever maximizing the benefit of that meet up.
In this session I will share a case study of how we created a simple experiment that turned into Standup Poker and revolutionized our Daily Standup. This technique helped us uncover true insights of teams progress and got the team talking about strategic planning and plan to remove any impediments as a "team" on daily basis to accomplish their sprint goal and commitments.
We learnt that when team members started using this technique, hidden impediments and dependencies started to emerge and team members organically started to re-plan and prioritize their work to accomplish the Sprint Goal. Product Owner also found great value in this technique as this helped them see the teams true progress and engage with the team to re-prioritize user stories and even take a story out of the sprint if required. Scrum Masters started to observe a trend in the confidence level over the span of the sprint and brought that information to Sprint Retrospective to discuss and brainstorm ways to improve and keep the confidence levels high throughout the sprint. The discussions and observations due to Standup poker resulted in teams committing better and more confidently during Sprint Planning and got into the rhythm of always accomplishing their sprint goal, but more importantly they started improving everyday and got into "continuous improvement" mode.
The content, exercise and message of this session highlight the agile principles of individuals and interactions over process and tools and fostering the mindset of continuous improvement.
In this session we will share examples, stories and experiences from trying the Standup Poker and how this simple technique converted a bunch of individuals into a TEAM !!!
How Black Stories revive Scrum meetingsJordann Gross
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Black Stories are ‘scary’ riddles where someone died in a mysterious manner and the players have to find out what happened by asking the right questions. The most obvious reason is never the solution, so the players will have to use lateral thinking to get to the answer.
As a summer camp coach Jordann played a lot of Black Stories with kids. He soon began to see patterns in their thinking and acting. The kids which joined the Black Stories multiple times, were often the ones who got better at thinking out of the box. They started asking ‘out of context’ questions which would often get the group a step closer to the solution.
He figured since these mental mechanisms work on kids, they would surely work on grown-ups! So as a Scrum master Jordann started using Black Stories to kick off meetings where creativity was crucial to get the best output (isn’t any meeting?), within Scrum mainly the refinement and the sprint planning.
The results were noticeable, even by the people themselves. :) It also had a nice side-effect: people looked forward to the meetings and everyone would be strict on time, both things which weren’t always the case before. Let Jordann help you put the fun in functional!