Standup Poker: How One Hack Revolutionized Our Daily Stand Up and 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 !!!
How does teamwork work?Kathy Berkidge
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We all know the real secret to successful agile projects, right? It’s the team and team work. More and more importance is placed on the need for teams to collaborate to deliver successful business outcomes. Teams that work effectively together are the key to providing real value to project stakeholders and end customers alike. Close collaboration is required to ensure everyone understands what is (or is not) valuable, as well as recognise what is needed from each individual to contribute to achieving the desired goal.
But how does teamwork work? What do we need to be an effective team member? How do we really collaborate with our teams? Collaboration is much more than just communication. So what is the key to true collaboration? What skills do we need to collaborate successfully? It’s the agile mindset that enables teams to truly adopt the agile values and principles to reap real benefits, not simply do the agile practises and ceremonies. What do we need to do to truly embody the agile way of thinking?
Awareness, or more precisely, mindfulness. Mindfulness is the key ingredient that enables true collaboration, starting with the traits we need at an individual level that lead to more effective interactions at a team level. After all, the first key value from the agile manifesto is, “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools”. This session will discuss how mindfulness is the secret ingredient that enables people to genuinely embody the agile mindset, and collaborate well.
Mindfulness is the quality or state of being conscience or aware. In teams, and in particularly in agile teams, mindfulness is a basic necessity to enable us to be truly collaborative. It enables us to truly be alert to what is happening with our work, with our team, with our customers and stakeholders and the organisation. Just like a drop of water falling into a still pond, mindfulness begins within each of us, and radiates out to affect the team, our stakeholders, as well as the entire project community and the whole organisation.