Chicken Soup for the Agile Soul
Going by the adage - "Without struggle, there can be no progress", we intend to share some extraordinary stories that have and can change the way we work and interact in the Agile space. Every team, whether Agile or not, goes through the forming, storming, norming and performing stage. The storming phase is when an Agile team can look inwards using some Agile best practices to tide over the storm. The pressing challenges that a team can face during the storming phase can be categorized into:
Through our talk, we would like to share some specific challenges that we faced in each of the above categories and how we overcame them -
Example for people:
Anti-Pattern / Challenge : In a distributed environment, code got overwritten in spite of an existing version control tool
Conclusion : Better self organization within the team
Resolution : Cross pollination, face to face communication, automated notifications
Example for process :
Anti Pattern / Challenge : Team got together to solve a problem and very little got accomplished due to external dependencies
Conclusion : The need for more collaboration and the right problem solving protocol
Resolution : Adopted design thinking, created cross functional teams, applied 'Pareto' principle
Example for technology :
Anti Pattern / Challenge : Different deployment scenarios and technology choices
Conclusion : The need for continuous and collaborative integration
Resolution : Created an inhouse one click seamless deployment tool named 'Deployer'
Today as a team we have expanded beyond the bookshelf, matured as agile practitioners. And now we’re working hard on a creating a visionary path. Improving the Agile world around us is part of our mission of learning, sharing and growing. The talk will re-emphasize our journey through agility and constant evolution.