Lean Coffee @ Agile Ottawa

Last night I facilitated our first Lean Coffee meetup at Agile Ottawa. Thanks again to all who made it out, and to You.i TV for the venue, food & drinks!:)

We covered a lot of interesting topics:

  • How to sell executive sponsors on addressing technical debt?
  • How to transition slow adopters from waterfall to agile when others have moved on?
  • Wardley Maps – how they can be used to decide when to do Agile.
  • How to estimate user stories?
  • How to engage an overloaded Product Owner more with the team?
  • Adopting [agile] with non-agile clients.
  • Scrum & Continuous Delivery – are they compatible?

See the pictures below for key points covered.

We also had some great feedback on the session:

  • Interesting discussions (x6!)
  • Loved it, do it again (x4!)
  • Well moderated (aside: thanks!:) )
  • Got a lot of good ideas

I’m already looking forward to our next Lean Coffee:)

Here are the pictures I took of our whiteboard:

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(note: cross-posted, original: blog.spurkis.org/11606.html)

Gatineau-Ottawa Agile Tour 2015 schedule confirmed!

(voir la version française plus bas)

Hi all!

The Gatineau-Ottawa Agile Tour 2015 program has been confirmed!

We’ll have 2 great keynotes from Richard Sheridan and Gil Broza, as well as 4 tracks of 4 sessions each, with a variety of workshops, experience reports, and talks aimed at all levels from beginner to advanced. That’s a total of 16 sessions to choose from!

To see what we’ve got lined up for you, visit:

Visitez goagiletour.ca
Lundi le 23 novembre
95$ pour l’admission générale
75$ par personne pour les inscriptions en groupe
30$ pour étudiants

There’ll be many experienced agile practitioners to talk to outside of the sessions, so it’s also a great place to bring your questions!

Hope to see you there!


Agile Ottawa

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Chers amis et collègues !

L’horaire de la tournée Agile Gatineau Ottawa 2015 est maintenant finalisée !

Vous pourrez assister aux présentations de nos deux conférenciers principaux : Richard Sheridan et Gil Broza. Il y aura aussi 16 présentations incluant des, ateliers, retours d’expérience et discussions pour tous les niveaux.

Visitez goagiletour.ca
Lundi le 23 novembre
95$ pour l’admission générale
75$ par personne pour les inscriptions en groupe
30$ pour étudiants

Il y aura aussi plusieurs praticiens Agile séniors disponibles pour répondre à vos questions sur place.

En espérant vous y voir!


Agile Ottawa

Retrospectives Workshop

Are you stuggling with retrospectives? Do you find it hard to get value out of them or are you looking for tricks making them amazing all the time?

Come join us for this year’s Retrospective workshop!

The twelfth principle of the Agile manifesto says:

At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.

We cannot diminish the importance of this principle; without it one organisation is bound to a total stall: unable to adapt to the latest situation, not allowing time or effort for improvement, unable to be pro-active, always on “reaction” mode.

During this meetup, Dag will elaborate on a few facilitation concepts and invite the group to participate with a corresponding workshop. This workshop should teach you additional tips and tricks making your retrospectives GREAT!

Agile 101 – Transitioning to Agile

Simon will facilitate a discussion how to run a successful transition to Agile from total chaos or total waterfall.

Announcements:

·  November 23rd is the GOAT conference! Buy your tickets NOW! http://goagiletour.ca/

·  November 13th is the Montreal Agile Tour conference: http://agilemontreal.ca/evenements/agile-tour-2015/

·  November 9th is the Quebec city Agile Tour conference: http://agilequebec.ca/agile-tour-2015/

·  October 20th is the Toronto Agile Tour conference: http://www.torontoagilecommunity.org/display/PUBLIC/Conference+2015

 

Secrets from the Experience Report on Kanban

Once again, the community met and shared their stories, their successes and their failures. This time, it was about Kanban.

Dag Rowe facilitated an agile 101 at the beginning of the evening with a quick exploration of some Agile Metrics.  While preparing the crowd for the Kanban experience report, Dag entertained a discussion on Velocity, Cycle Time, Work In Progress and Capacity. Questions on distributed teams, points, overtime and burndown charts were answered and then we moved to our second beer and some story telling.

One by one, stories were shared courageously.

Secretly, I gathered the lessons learned. Here they are:

  • Kanban helps visualize the workflow, just like a flashlight in the dark. Kanban helps us see the gray areas where we can improve.
  • Agile / Kanban / Scrum gave us the terminology of the “new” ways of thinking we were discovering while inspecting and adapting our processes. Agile formalized our way of thinking.
  • The Agile practices helped us deliver and also clarify what we didn’t successfully deliver.
  • The support of Coaches and Trainers were a key element in our successful transition to Agile.
  • Automation is primordial to the success, without it you may find it hard to keep a fast pace.
  • Kanban helps uncover tasks that are piling up so that you can inspect why things are slow as well as better manage the workflow.
  • While using Kanban, tasks move excitedly to Done.
  • Using the combination Kanban and Feature Mapping (or story mapping), you can better see the flow. People can then be accountable for the movement of tasks on the board. Everything is easier seen and managed.
  • Continuously failing Sprints using Scrum can bring the team spirit down. Being too modest in the forecast of a Sprint seems to encourage members to settle and stay idle. With Kanban, the continuous work flow will encourage us to keep moving and there is no idling.

Thank you to all who participated and shared their experiences with the group.

Announcements

  • GOAT 2015
  • Don’t miss the Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour 2015 at La maison du Citoyen, on November 23. Speakers are welcome to submit their topics,  we are looking for sponsors and registration is open. For more information, please visit http://goagiletour.ca
  • Concept Share are looking for new Agilistas! For more information contact Kareem Sultan and see their career page
  • During the next Meetup, we will talk about Retrospectives, preceded by an Agile 101 on Transitioning to Agile, most probably at the Algonquin College. Stay Tuned!

The invite for speakers to present at the Ottawa Gatineau Agile Tour 2015 is officially out!

The 2015 Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour event’s organizing committee is working hard to prepare the upcoming conference on November 23rd. We’re inviting anyone with Agile experience to propose a session for the conference. The submission proposal deadline is Sept 30. However if you propose earlier we can give you feedback to improve your session. You can submit your session proposal for the event by using confengine. http://confengine.com/gatineau-ottawa-agile-tour-2015
Would you like to present a case study or a report on your experience implementing Lean or Agile within your business or workplace? Have you discovered a workshop so useful that you would like to share it with others? Would you like to take the opportunity to share your knowledge on Lean or Agile? If you answered yes to one of these, we would definitely love to hear what you have to offer!
Don’t forget to submit your session proposal using confengine.http://confengine.com/gatineau-ottawa-agile-tour-2015

Sessions review will be completed within the first week of October.
We look forward to seeing your proposals.
The 2015 Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour organizing committee

September 8, Experience report – Kanban

1. What’s an “Experience Report”?

A gathering where like-minded individuals share via short talks their success stories (or failure) and extract the source of that success (or failure).

2. How does this work?

Interested participants will be given the opportunity to give a short talk to share their Kanban (or Agile) tale…  tell us:

• What was the project or context of your idea?

• What were you hoping to do?

• When did you realize that your idea was working?

• What would you say was a the source of your success/failure?

3. If I go, what do I need to prepare?

We will again be counting on the Agile Ottawa crowd to create a safe space for sharing.  Bring your own story of success – big or small, we want them all! Come brag with us about how Agile helped transform your company, your project, your team and you! Who knows, maybe after a beer you’ll find the courage to share it with the group?

During the event… no live streaming, picture taking, blogging or tweeting unless the presenter gives the ok to do so. No third party success stories either… presenters must have been personally involved in the project they are showcasing.

And while we encourage you to prepare you own story, please don’t let that stop you from attending… if you want to come out and listen, that’s great!

Agile 101 – we’ll be talking about Metrics

Flash News!

Don’t miss the  Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour on November 23.

This will be the last meetup of the year as October will be focused on organizing GOAT, November 23 will be the Agile conference, December is too soon after the Nov 23. January we’ll be away. In February we’ll talk about what’s going on with Agile through the world !

Agile Scaled Framework

Scaling agile methods is controversial topic in the community. Do we even know what it means? Does it make sense in our organization’s context?

This meetup will introduce four agile frameworks designed to scale, and then compare their features.

Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)

Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)

Nexus

Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

We will ask if they address: portfolio management, architecture, funding, compliance, multiple development methods, and other criteria.

Based on research, and the presenters’ experiences the results will create a comparison matrix that will be made available to all participants.

The meetup will allow ample time for discussion to share your experiences and opinions. We expect it to generate a healthy debate.

18:00 Networking, Games and Pizza.

18:30 Start of the Session

17:45 – Recap and Announcements

20:00 Retreat to local pub