Organizational Patterns study by Jim Coplien done throughout 90s forms the foundation of Agile. Its important to understand these patterns and go beyond  'popular practices' like stand ups, user stories and TDD. Individuals are important and there are certain characteristics of these individuals which makes a team Agile or not. This presentation covers some of the very important patterns which form the basis of Agile, without these, any Agile project is bound to fail.

Jeff Sutherland, creator of scrum, now actively uses Organizational patterns to explain acrum and also started an effort at www.scrumplop.com to collect patterns which make Scrum work.

 
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Understand what Agile really is. Going beyond popular practices and start questioning the pundits.

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software professionals

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  • Dhaval Dalal
    By Dhaval Dalal  ~  3 months ago
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    Hi Unmesh,

      Thank-you for submitting the proposal.  Its interesting and to understand how you plan to approach and structure the talk, can you elaborate on it and finally what patterns are you planning to cover and bring a bit more objectivity to learning outcome.

     

    thanks,

    Dhaval

    • Unmesh Joshi
      By Unmesh Joshi  ~  2 years ago
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      Hi Dhaval,

      The talk will cover some history of patterns and pattern languages and how they were used through out 1990s to document and communicate structures and characteristics of 'great teams'. (e.g. episodes pattern language by Ward Cunningham etc..). The patterns concept, in the spirit of Christopher Alexndar, is something that needs to applied to create 'whole structures' which can be teams or organizations.  Agile can be seen as a pattern language creating great teams. But too often, people apply and understand Agile in very very limited sense. They do iterations, standup meetings, TDD and CI. All these have their own benefits, but they do not make teams Agile. Its individuals and their characteristics which makes teams Agile or not. Unfortunately Agile literature is often silent on these characteristics of individuals. There are often observed patterns like 'Architects implementing with the team'. People with 'domain expertise collaborating' to write code, People having and guiding teams wiith 'Architectural vision' and with all these able to effectively 'engage with customers'. And with all thse in place, understanding 'Conways Law' to split software components to allow teams to work as autonomously as possible. (Microservices is a great example of this).  These patterns observed in successful teams tell a story and are fundamental to make teams Agile.  In fact probably because of observed limitation of focusing on limited set of practices like stand ups, iterations and TDD, is why creator of Scrum, Jeff Sutherland has started an initiative to collect a set of patterns observed in successful teams at www.scrumplop.org.

  • Naresh Jain
    By Naresh Jain  ~  2 years ago
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    Hi Unmesh,

    This sounds like a very interesting proposal, however it lacks contents. Can you please update your proposal with the following:

    • a time-wise break up of your topics under the Outline/Structure of the Session?
    • clear learning outcomes?
    • slides/videos of current topics or any past presentation?

    Also, at this stage, its not clear if you will be sharing your personal experience or presentating other's experience?


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      In order for these organizations to to understand the quality / health of their products at a quick glance, typically a team of people scramble to collate and collect the information manually needed to get a sense of quality about the products they support. All this is done manually.


      So in the fast moving environment, where CI (Continuous Integration) and CD (Continuous Delivery) are now a necessity and not a luxury, how can teams take decisions if the product is ready to be deployed to the next environment or not?

      Test Automation across all layers of the Test Pyramid is one of the first building blocks to ensure the team gets quick feedback into the health of the product-under-test.

      The next set of questions are:
          •    How can you collate this information in a meaningful fashion to determine - yes, my code is ready to be promoted from one environment to the next?
          •    How can you know if the product is ready to go 'live'?
          •    What is the health of you product portfolio at any point in time?
          •    Can you identify patterns and do quick analysis of the test results to help in root-cause-analysis for issues that have happened over a period of time in making better decisions to better the quality of your product(s)?

      The current set of tools are limited and fail to give the holistic picture of quality and health, across the life-cycle of the products.
      The solution - TTA - Test Trend Analyzer

      TTA is an open source product that becomes the source of information to give you real-time and visual insights into the health of the product portfolio using the Test Automation results, in form of Trends, Comparative Analysis, Failure Analysis and Functional Performance Benchmarking. This allows teams to take decisions on the product deployment to the next level using actual data points, instead of 'gut-feel' based decisions.

      There are 2 sets of audience who will benefit from TTA:
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      2. Team Members (developers / testers) - who want to do quick test failure analysis to get to the root cause analysis as quickly as possible. Some of the views - like Compare Runs, Failure Analysis, Test Execution Trend help the team on a day-to-day basis.

      NOTE: TTA does not claim to give answers to the potential problems. It gives a visual representation of test execution results in different formats which allow team members / management to have more focussed conversations based on data points.

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      This talk is based on my consulting engagement with a client who had adopted Agile and their partner had not, and the client wanted the partner to Adopt Agile.


      The talk will cover the critical challenges encountered in getting the partner to adopt Agile, especially given the wide difference in cultures of both organizations and also the organizations being located in different continents. The talk will also cover the key learnings from this journey.

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      The Agile Manifesto was formulated by 17 people in 2001. We know the principles of the Agile Manifesto … but do we really understand it?

      Depending on the organisation culture, the team culture and various other factors, they reach varying levels of Agile adoption. Martin Fowler talks about the levels of adoption and the path to get better via his post on “Your Path through Agile Fluency”.

      Not surprisingly, not all Agile project implementations are successful.

      This session is going to take you through a journey to talk about some of the Myths of Agile and also behaviors that inhibit organisations and teams to reach great(er) heights in Agile Fluency to achieve Agile’s benefits.  As a result, the Agile Manifesto has remained on paper, but teams have come up with their own ‘workarounds’ - which are not truly solutions to solve a complex problem well.

      We accept it because of our “chalta-hai (it’s ok)" attitude. At the end, what are we then left with? The Agile “Chalta-Hai (It's OK)” Manifesto.

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      How their role needs to transform

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       - Adoption of the technical and execution approach to other related programs within the portfolio 

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       - Need-basis colocation of functional SMEs with development team 

       - Direct access to Product Owners: weekly video calls, must-attend iteration show-cases, etc

       - Remove unnecessary operational overheads, in terms of people as well as organizational processes

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        - Distributed and isolated testing teams

        - Highly manual and time-consuming E2E testing processes

        - Multiple interfacing systems, both upstream and downstream 

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      3. Communication channel between teams  (Change how you communicate/coordinate)
      4. To bring the organic coherence between teams despite the cultural difference
      5. To also worry about the unknown interfaces & disastrous scenarios
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      7. To sustain the work ecosystem for all the teams
      8. Inoffensive collective Retrospective for a constructive learning
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      • More common understanding and project focus in all teams (Frustration with the team members reduced)
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        • Velocity of all teams improved
        • Development and Testing complete even before the deadline -> Delivery before the scheduled date
        • Very less time spent in meetings for conflict & dependency resolutions, planning , etc.. 

       "Project execution was the key success". 

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