Beyond User Stories : Taking Your Team to Next Level of Awesome!!!Kalpesh Shah
schedule 9 months agoSold Out!
Great teams make great products, but what fuels this greatness? It's the common understanding and passion for the product but more importantly the singularity of purpose and the feedback loop and how the users are responding to the teams work.
The new world of product development is no longer about scope management and delivering the project on time and within budget but it's now more about hypothesis validation and learning from the users and their behaviors.
The dynamics of product development is changing. As more and more organizations are moving towards maturing their agile software development approach the traditional barriers of roles are being broken creating new opportunities and fostering a shift in the mindset. Instead of being tied down to scope management and delivering the project on time, Agile teams are focused and inspired by hypothesis validation and learning from the users and their behaviors.
In this case study we will go over how a portfolio of 12 SCRUM Teams adopted a more outcome approach and how they shifted their mindset from project delivery in Agile way to adopting the Experiment-Measure-Learn-Repeat loop which plays a crucial role in teams overall motivation, performance and moved from being SCRUM Teams to "Product Teams".
We will also see how we experimented with different team formats and how exposing the team members to different events and user research changed the way they perceived the information of the problem they were solving via features and user stories.
Standup Poker: How We Hacked Our Daily Stand-Up & Our Teams Mindset !Kalpesh Shah
schedule 9 months agoSold Out!
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 !!!
DREAM TO DELIGHT – LEADING ENTERPRISE PORTFOLIOS TO AGILITY THROUGH LEAN-AGILE TRANSITIONVikas Kapila
schedule 8 months agoSold Out!
Dream to Delight is the concept to cash value stream practiced with proven success across 4 industries: Utilities, Media, Banking and Mortgage. It is a set of 7 Highly Effective Ds: Dream, Discover, Define, Design, Develop, Deploy & Delight.
This session is about leading enterprise portfolios to agility through lean-agile transition. It talks about the journey highlighted as steps & activities taken at each “D” stage aligning to promise of agility: highest business value fastest to market with built in quality. I do highlight the importance of context and perspective and thereby the need of choices and options at respective “D” stages to increase visibility, transparency and thus improve accountability across the program.
It does seem to me “The Silver Bullet” applying the 7 Ds across four industries as a leap to Enterprise Agility, however I trust to raise awareness and agreement towards the importance of coaching and mentoring to impact and sustain agility in an organization with people and their mindsets still internalizing and going through their respective “J” curves of acceptance and adoption.