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 !!!
Leveraging Collaboration "Tools"...It's More Than Software!Bryan Miles
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What collaboration tools do you currently use with your teams?
Chances are you probably answered this question with the brand name of an agile project management software program. Is this really what drives collaboration in our teams? Is it as simple as a piece of software?
The research is clear: high performing team require great collaboration. While project management software is helpful, real collaboration can only occur when it is actively built within teams. We need tools and skills beyond software in order to increase collaboration in our teams.
Attend this session to explore how collaboration impacts performance, understand what ingredients promote collaboration, and gain hands on practice using new tools to supercharge collaboration and team performance.
Are “You” part of a Self-Organizing team?Manish Agrawal
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“People who contribute out of love for the work, shared vision and team camaraderie will surely
out-innovate people who think otherwise.”
With increasing popularity of Agile, Scrum, and Kanban, a lot of awareness is already out there, and much has been written about self-organizing teams.
Still, I always felt there was some disconnect. It somehow didn't match my own first-hand experience of becoming self-organized team (since, nobody made us self-organized, but collectively as a team we became one.)
Thinking deeper on it, I realized that the disconnect exists in the point of view (PoV), since topic of "Self-Organizing team" is presented as a characteristic of Scrum from Scrum Master’s PoV, whereas “Self-Organization” should come within the team from their own awareness, will, effort, understanding, learning, and evolution.
Self-Organizing is about the team determining how they will respond to their environment.
So I felt there is a need to present this topic in a way that, members of the team can see it from their own PoV and realize the need, benefits, importance, essentials, attributes of a “Self-Organizing”.
During this talk, we will see this topic mainly from Agile / Scrum teams perspective. Also we will touch base on role of other entities (like Scrum Master, Senior Management and Organization) in making of "Self-Organizing team".