Specific organizational patterns are the villains of agile adoption, setting unreasonable expectations and sabotaging progress. We’ll explore these villains, and give real examples how federal organizations overcame them.

Participants will see the power of metaphor first embraced by Extreme Programming: a system metaphor or (for transformations) a cultural metaphor to name and avoid common anti-patterns in Agile adoptions.

Leaders in government programs or large organizations will recognize common challenges patterns: setting schedules by fiat, limiting the availability of product owners, balancing responding to emergencies with focusing on consistent prioritizes, just to name a few. Coaches and champions supporting Agile adoptions will be equipped with counter-examples to avoid these challenges.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Case Study

    1. Introduction
      1. I’m Dave - an Agile Coach, Geek, Dad
      2. I’m also Dave - an Agile Coach, Geek, Dad
      3. POLL EVERYWHERE: where is your transformation? [five icons/images]
    2. Emperor - Death Star behind schedule
      1. Product owner unavailable
      2. Working software
      3. REAL: Large govt organization introduced then grew beyond hardening sprints
      4. POLL EVERYWHERE: What happens when your organization hits schedule pressure?
    3. Luke - incomplete training
      1. Interrupt work for “higher value” work
      2. Take an objective Agile Coach to work with team
      3. REAL: instead of training, Fed attended Agile2011 conference with sherpa
      4. REAL EXAMPLE of abbreviated training [pending public relations review].
      5. REAL EXAMPLE of needing to apply concepts outside the classroom in order to fully understand
      6. POLL EVERYWHERE: how often do you interrupt your team's work for a higher priority?
    4. Luke’s vision is misunderstood
      1. Misinterpretations of FAR, organizational policies, Agile basics
      2. Assumption of Myth as Fact
      1. REAL: I heard the FAR (federal acquisitions regulations) says “x”
      2. POLL EVERYWHERE: How does your organization validate program vision?
    5. Sauron - can’t get ring
      1. Keep em in the Dark - (aye dark overlord)
      2. moving target - diverse problems w/ changing circumstances
      3. Complete one whole checklist and then find goal not achieved
      4. POLL EVERYWHERE: which is more important: cutting losses or following through on investment?
    6. Bond Villain - underestimate people and interactions
      1. Complexity overwhelms, not recognizing personal bias
      2. Bond - as one person - is underestimated
      3. POLL EVERYWHERE: to be decided
    7. Legion of Doom
      1. One on one contracts - not collaboration
      2. REAL: the [large gov’t program] instituted an enterprise daily standup. Leadership sets the standard.
      3. POLL EVERYWHERE: what is the value of not collaborating?

Learning Outcome

  • Common impediments to Agile Adoption
  • Coaching on how to overcome transformation issues
  • Real world examples of teams getting unstuck

Target Audience

All Agile enthusiasts - but particularly those interested in not being stuck

Prerequisites for Attendees

No prerequisite! Show up as a novice -or- Discuss as an expert! Please bring a cell phone for interactive questions.

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  1 year ago
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    That's a very short abstract. Who do you expect to be drawn in by it? What value will they be seeking from this session?

  • Mo Minaie
    By Mo Minaie  ~  1 year ago
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    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • Sci-Fi movie theme.

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • Study the characters a little more to better relate the speaking topic to the movie comparison. 
    • Amelia Colvig
      By Amelia Colvig  ~  1 year ago
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      I agree with Mo's evaluation - I would add that maybe having characters all from the same movie would be good perhaps rather than mixing references - but as long as they are well developed mixed references should be ok.

      Maybe pick one Bond villain in particular to single out, and pick a character to represent "Legion of Doom" - Orcs from LOTR?


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    • When we swarm to work, we all individual look better than we ever could on our own
    • How working as an Agile team in earnest is addictive & once you go there, you'll never go back

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    Scott Showalter / Rachel Whitt - F.A.I.L.— Fearless Adventures In Learning: 4 Games to Explore the Value Behind Failure

    45 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    This session looks at four team-based improv & collaboration games that help teams embrace "failing successfully." Rather than glorify failure, we should understand that its power is not in failing alone, but rather the learning that emerges from it and the power that such learning has to unlock otherwise unforeseen opportunities. Our goal is to relinquish our fears of failure, break us out of our comfort zone and accept the prospect of failure with the ultimate goal of using it to better understand what success looks like, and how the struggle and pain of failure, and the learning that accompanies it, opens our mind to new possibilities we wouldn't have otherwise seen. These games create comfort with failure and build up our actionable learning muscle (insight synthesis, etc) that should accompany every unsuccessful attempt at success. Failure and learning for the win!