Rock, Paper Stories - This stuff is so easy you probably won't believe it works

Nope, this session has nothing to do with user-stories. Rather, it's about everyday, "did I tell you about ...", stories - the kind you find in jokes, cartoons, novels and conversation - and how to use them to implement Agile in a non-threatening, yet surprisingly sticky way. You'll learn a little theory, you'll have a laugh, and you'll learn (at least) one story which will, one day, save your butt.


Outline/Structure of the Keynote

This is an entertaining session about how I use simple stories - and even jokes - to teach Agile.  I just gave it at LeanAgileScotland it was very well received.  I even had 300 people singing - willingly! - at the end of it.  It features stories, 2 or 3 short videos, and a tiny bit of theory.


It's best suited for a large group.



Learning Outcome

How to introduce agile in a non-threatening way.

Target Audience

Anyone, everyone

schedule Submitted 5 years ago

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    Sure, we have all thought that continuous delivery is important in software delivery... now we have data to back it up. Dr. Nicole Forsgren will present new research that shows the central role that CD plays in Agile and DevOps, the key processes that contribute to it, and how it can not only impact your IT teams and company success, but how it can also make your work feel better. This extends her prior research showing why investments in IT are now impacting teams and organizations, how we got here, and what’s next. The presentation includes the data to help you prove your case (to management or even yourself) about why CD and DevOps are essential to winning, as well as great stories and examples to really bring these concepts to life. Nicole invites all DevOps practitioners to build their teams up so they can lead high performing organizations, and think about what they can do to affect change beyond their teams and their organizations.

  • Nicole Forsgren

    Nicole Forsgren - Building a DevOps Culture

    480 Mins

    Although the DevOps movement is largely associated with technology and software development and delivery processes, all organizations can benefit from the cultural foundations that foster trust and cooperation to enable the delivery of quality goods and services at velocity. This workshop explores the cultural and foundational aspects of what makes DevOps movements successful, regardless of where they are implemented, and why these are important. Hint: they are predictive of individual, team, and organizational performance.

    Nicole will cover these essential components of DevOps culture, and lead the group in exercises to identify which components are strongest in their own teams. She will then present strategies to support and grow areas that can be improved upon.

    This workshop is highly participatory, with activities that include:

    • exploration and assessment of organizational culture using validated tools,
    • practice developing and communicating the importance of culture in DevOps transformations
    • stories and case studies about the importance of culture and its impact on tooling and practice
    • a discussion of how metrics plays a central role in culture, including real-world examples
    • team exercises in developing metrics to support DevOps
    • common challenges surrounding metrics and culture

    As a trained facilitator, Nicole comes prepared to also take the group in another direction if the discussion leads them there -- it really is Choose Your Own Adventure.

  • Clarke Ching

    Clarke Ching - How to Roll Rocks Downhill

    Clarke Ching
    Clarke Ching
    Rolling Rocks Downhill
    schedule 5 years ago
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    480 Mins

    A practical, hands-on, guide to accelerating Agile projects with Goldratt's Theory of Constraints (TOC)

    In 1984 Eli Goldratt's business novel, "The Goal", introduced a counter-intuitive, yet simple and outstandingly profitable, manufacturing technique to the world.  That technique is now used by the majority of the world's largest manufacturers and "The Goal" is 1 of only 3 mandatory readings for all managers at   

    This session, run by Clarke Ching, an expert in apply Goldratt's techniques to software development projects, and author of Rolling Rocks Downhill, also a business novel, shows how to apply the lessons from "The Goal" to accelerate Agile projects, large and small.

    It covers:

    • finding your project's constraint
    • managing your project's constraint
    • finding your business's constraint
    • strategic prioritization wrt your constraint(s)
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    • how to deliver project's on time (making "slam dunk" promises using Critical Chain techniques).

    This is a commercially focused, rather than technical, workshop, where the goal is to make your business more profitable.