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    Retrospectives with large projects and (or) multiple teams

    Abhilash Chandran
    Abhilash Chandran
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    Retrospectives are the one of the most integral components of any agile methodology.  In scrum a retrospective is typically done after each sprint. This process is simple if team is small or only one team is working on a product. The problem starts increasing exponentially when many teams work on a single product. All the teams have ideas to improve the process and production.  One team may have an entire opposite idea of another. How to bridge this gap?

    Last project executed across different teams (onsite & offshore) and different departments was not a great success. How to learn from the past failures and apply it to future projects?

    In this discussion, I will be talking about some the points which can be easily followed in such scenarios. 

    Why did we did this?

    Normally in a scrum environment we have a single team with Product Owner; they do the retrospectives within team. Team identifies the issues and work on them. Many team falls into this category. It is pretty simple

    Let’s complicate this further.

    • A big product with 10 scrum team
    • Each Team has different PO

    Apart from these main stake holders there are many others who are interested in the success of this application

    • Sales team
    • Documentation team
    • UI design team
    • Architecture and performance team

    In such a scenario, a retrospective at team level will be effective only at granular level. But it leaves a gap in few areas; it helps to bring all the teams together for one big retrospective

    • Apply the improvements made at each team level to the whole program
    • A team's retro action item against the process followed by another team can be discussed at a higher level to find an optimal solution
    • Sometimes two team's retrospective action items may be contradictory. This gathering may point a third solution
    • Sr Product owners and manager will get all the teams together. A common focus and improvement plan can be shared across teams.
    •  All team gets to know about the key concerns at the program level and with other teams.
    • Ultimately it gave a feeling of one big family.

    My experience

    Last large retro organized in our group was a big success. The sales team & architecture team had many ley lessons to take back from this meeting.  Many issues were bought out which could have been solved with better co-ordination across team.  Concrete action plans were made by team for the subsequent release.  Some of the key findings were shared across other program teams also.

  • Liked Abhilash Chandran
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    Retrospectives with large projects and (or) multiple teams

    Abhilash Chandran
    Abhilash Chandran
    schedule 3 years ago
    Sold Out!
    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    Retrospectives are the one of the most integral components of any agile methodology.  In scrum a retrospective is typically done after each sprint. This process is simple if team is small or only one team is working on a product. The problem starts increasing exponentially when many teams work on a single product. All the teams have ideas to improve the process and production.  One team may have an entire opposite idea of another. How to bridge this gap?

    Last project executed across different teams (onsite & offshore) and different departments was not a great success. How to learn from the past failures and apply it to future projects?

    In this discussion, I will be talking about some the points which can be easily followed in such scenarios. 

    Why did we did this?

    Normally in a scrum environment we have a single team with Product Owner; they do the retrospectives within team. Team identifies the issues and work on them. Many team falls into this category. It is pretty simple

    Let’s complicate this further.

    • A big product with 10 scrum team
    • Each Team has different PO

    Apart from these main stake holders there are many others who are interested in the success of this application

    • Sales team
    • Documentation team
    • UI design team
    • Architecture and performance team

    In such a scenario, a retrospective at team level will be effective only at granular level. But it leaves a gap in few areas; it helps to bring all the teams together for one big retrospective

    • Apply the improvements made at each team level to the whole program
    • A team's retro action item against the process followed by another team can be discussed at a higher level to find an optimal solution
    • Sometimes two team's retrospective action items may be contradictory. This gathering may point a third solution
    • Sr Product owners and manager will get all the teams together. A common focus and improvement plan can be shared across teams.
    •  All team gets to know about the key concerns at the program level and with other teams.
    • Ultimately it gave a feeling of one big family.

    My experience

    Last large retro organized in our group was a big success. The sales team & architecture team had many ley lessons to take back from this meeting.  Many issues were bought out which could have been solved with better co-ordination across team.  Concrete action plans were made by team for the subsequent release.  Some of the key findings were shared across other program teams also.

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    Agile Anti-Patterns in Distributed Teams

    Pavel Dabrytski
    Pavel Dabrytski
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Implementing Agile is hard. You know what is even harder? Implementing Agile across distributed offshore teams.
    Due to constrains we face in our daily communication and collaboration, it is always difficult to get rid of old waterfall thinking. Sometime waterfall way even feels easier. This is where we find most of Distributed Agile Anti-Patterns.
    Agile Anti-Pattern often looks like Agile, it follows the right mechanics, but it is missing essential Agile values and principles.
    Join me for an interactive session where you will learn about 10 Agile Anti-Patterns specific to outsource and offshore development, and the ways to address them.

    Some of my favourite Anti-Patterns are:
    * Retrospective via emails
    * Scrum Master across the sea
    * Stabilisation sprint (sprint for bug fixing)

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