During this conference, within the books we read, in our day-to-day lives -- we use words as a means to negotiate, interact, express, and do. Words, whether written or spoken can play differently based on the people that exchange them. In the world we are living today, words are bantered so freely that they cause a war or unite a community or save a marriage or demoralize a team.

As we see today, the concepts of agile are permeating the enterprise and scaling out from the team to the program management office to the executing chambers. Words are often mis-used, mis-understood, and lead to bad behaviors.

In this session, we'll discuss the general challenges of communications and the overwhelming vocalbulary that we have embedded in our craniums.  We'll explore words -- in particular, the words we use everyday around software development. We look at how some of the basic words we use like Velocity, Sprint, and Team have clear meanings and plenty of baggage. 

To help solidify the learning of this workshop, we'll use a couple brainstorming games -- so come prepared to get engaged. We'll wrap-up by using our collective experiences to either find better ways to explain our words or establish brand new ones. Our ultimate goal is to establish a way an organization can establish an ubiquitous language around the work they do and ultimately improve communication which will lead to better agile transformations and hopefully better solutions.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Introduction (~3 min)

  • Brief Intro
  • Highlights/objectives of the session

Exercise #1 - Graphic Jam (10 min)

  • Session attendees will work in groups to graphically explore and brainstorm the meaning of certain words we use on a regular basis within agile and software development.

The Etymology of Words we use in Agile and Lean (and Waterfall) (7 min)

Why do words really matter? (5 min)

Impact of a Shared Language on Process Scaling (10 min)

Simple Guidelines to Establishing a Shared Language (5 min)

Exercise #2 - Creating our Shared Glossary (15 min)

  • Session attendees will work in groups again to use the Visual Glossary approach to define a shared understanding of words and share with the group.

Wrap-up/Q&A (~5 min)

 

Learning Outcome

  • Attendees will walk away with an appreciation of the depth that words play in our everyday lives
  • Attendees will learn better ways to discuss difficult and often mis-interpreted concepts as it pertains to agile and software development
  • Attendees will learn how to create a ubiquitous language for a team with the team's participation

Target Audience

Product Owners, Product Managers, Agile Coaches, Team Leads, Scrum Masters, Facilitators

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  3 years ago
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    Good afternoon Matt,

     

    As AgileDC has grown in popularity, so have the number of submissions we received from the Call for Proposals (CFP).  In this, our fifth year, we received 158 submissions for 45 time slots. That means that there were many more compelling sessions proposed than we could possibly fit into a one day event.

     

    The good news is that it looks like we are going to have an amazing line up this year, and we'd like you to join us to present your session "Yes, Words Really Do Mean Things - Establishing a Shared Language".

     

    As we mentioned in the CFP, in order to keep costs low we are unable to offer an honorarium or travel expenses.  However, you'll receive free entry to the conference and the adulation of your audience.  Also, we enjoy a good get-together and would like to welcome you with an icebreaker the night before the event (details to follow).

     

    If you are still interested in presenting at AgileDC, please RSVP “I AM IN” to SPEAKERS@AGILEDC.ORG  by 11:59PM Sunday, September  7th, 2014.   Also, please verify that the session’s Bio, Description and Headshot are up-to-date and accurate as that is what will be published in the schedule.

     

    On behalf of the organizers of AgileDC, congratulations and we hope to see you in October!

     

    Best,

     

    George Dinwiddie and Phillip Manketo

    for the AgileDC organizing committee


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