Getting into the Flow: Continous Delivery in a Professional Services Context

One week sprints delivering working software every week. This is our holy grail but so many agile teams aren't able to achieve this milestone. Even harder, how can we do this when you are providing project teams to clients? When the Product Owner may not know much about story writing at the start? When projects might be 6 weeks or 6 months or longer?

This session will be an highly interactive discussion and overview of a way to structure and organize highly agile teams, delivering value immediately and continuously delivering working code in one week sprints. There will be no or minimal slides, facilitator will lead conversation with group in a coaching manner.

Covers process, quality and technology.

Audience:
Beginner to intermediate SM's or Product Owner's

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  1. Introduction
  2. Discussion on fundamentals of an agile team
  3. Discussions on what is needed to make a one week sprint work
  4. Discussion on cross-functional teams
  5. (optional) Discussion on adding in lean UX into 1 week sprints
  6. Hints/tricks/traps on making your teams high performing
  7. Review/overview of findings and learnings from discussion

Learning Outcome

Learning outcomes:
1. Understanding on what is required to make one week sprints work
2. Understanding of key fundamentals to focus on with new teams and new clients
3. Ability to describe how concepts like CI/CD, Automated testing, etc are critical for maintaining one week sprints
4. Understanding of how to coach Product Owners (especially if they from a client) to accept one week sprints

Target Audience

Scrum Master's and other practitioner's looking for advice to have successful one week sprints

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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