As the adage goes, "many a true word is spoken in jest". In this session we will take a humourous look at common distortions and misunderstandings of Agile principles, processes, behaviours and roles. You will learn precise, clear (re)definitions for Exactimation, ScrumLord, Rundown chart, Fauxgile Methods and many more! Using levity as the entry point, for each definition we will examine how the original idea or concept is commonly misunderstood or misapplied and discuss corrective measures.

 
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Related blogpost which has a number of 'definitions': http://sporadictable.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/agilecontradictionary/

Will introduce around 10-12 term definitions. For each term:

  1. Introduce definition (e.g. Exactimation)
  2. Wait for laugher to die down (fine, wait momentarily for polite chuckling to subside)
  3. Talk about a few common examples (e.g. how estimates forced by management can appear to be misleadingly precise, but have little to no accuracy leading to poor planning decisions)
  4. Briefly discuss how this can be done better (e.g. for initial estimation for a project, instead of breaking down the scope into epics and doing ground-up estimation, use t-shirt sizes using a relative sizing board, with t-shirt sizes converted to time & cost based on historical data ranges, making the low-fidelity nature of the estimate evident).

Learning Outcome

  • Expand your vocubulary of classic misinterpreted and misapplied concepts that many of us encounter on our agile journeys
  • Learn how to spot such instances
  • Get introduced to some ideas for better ways to think about and apply these concepts

Target Audience

Agile newbies and experienced agile practitioners may both be able to appreciate this lexicon

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