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

March 10 – Business Value Game

When

Tuesday, March 10 2015 at 18:00

Where

Microsoft Canada Co, 100 Queen Street, Suite 500, Ottawa, ON

Agenda 

18:00 Pizza

18:30 Business Value Game

20:00 End of Session / Game

Session Summary

Objectives: learn how to assign business value to projects and stories, prioritise andmake plans that bring value. Learn why and how to build and use a “Business ValueModel”. Learn how to teach the approach and techniques.

Contents:Agile teams want to deliver maximum business value. That’s easy if the OnsiteCustomer assigns business value to each story. But how does the Customer do that?How can you estimate business value?

How do you decide between stories? How do you decide between projects? How do you decide between clients?

This session gives you some simple business value estimation techniques that are”good enough” for everyday use. A Business Value Model helps you to prioritise efficiently and consistently, by making the important value drivers explicit.

The session is run as a game, where teams of salespeople have to make plans for their development team. The goal of the game is to deliver the highest possible business value, like in the XP Game. This game is a complement to the XP Game: how do these ‘business value points” on the XP Game story cards get chosen?

Each salesperson in the team represents one (or more) clients who will buy the team’s product IF their feature(s) is in the product. The team is going to have to make some tough decisions. The team is going to have to disappoint some clients, because the development team has a finite capacity.We provide the clients and their wishes. We provide a well-performing development team. We suggest the techniques to estimate business value. The rest is up to you.

February Meetup Recap

Here’s the play-by-play recap of Tuesday’s meetup, in case you missed it or want to take the fun back to your organization.

Agile 101: Scrum Meetings: Myth or Fact

“The Scrum Master should be in charge of running the Sprint Review and making sure the team demos what they need to demo.  Myth or Fact?”

After fortifying themselves with pizza, 5 teams tested their knowledge by circulating through quiz stations focused on each of the 4 Scrum events –  Sprint Planning, the Daily Scrum, Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective.  With the help of a Sprint Meetings Cheat Sheet, the team members worked out the answers to each quiz together through lively conversation and collaborative learning.    (This Myth or Fact activity is a module from Adam Weisbart’s excellent Build Your Own Scrum exercise)

Agile Film Festival

The main event of the evening was a film festival of Scrum video.

  • Shit Bad Scrum Masters Say – Adam Weisbart demonstrates how to be the world’s worst Scrum Master in 3 painful minutes.
  • Ian Sense Scrum-Master – how to be a great team facilitator who truly  focuses on clearing the path for the team
  • Disruptive Leadership – Jeff Sutherland describes the fascinating and unexpected journey of how Scrum came to be, from his early days as a cadet at West Point,  through his experiences as a cancer researcher and banking executive, culminating in how Scrum is being used in classrooms today to drive self-organized learning.  The version of Jeff’s talk was released exclusively to Scrum user groups, so we can’t repost it here, but he gave a TEDx talk on the same subject that you can share.

The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the TimeThe evening ended with a Rock-Paper-Scissors competition to determine which lucky people would get to take home a copy of Jeff’s new book “The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time”.

Thanks to Bitheads for hosting our meetup in their fabulous cinema space.

Save the Date: The next Agile Ottawa meetup will be “The Business Value Game” on March 10 2015 at Microsoft

Feb 10 2015: An Agile Ottawa Film Festival

For our February meetup, we’ve got a great lineup of films about Agile. We’ll kick off the evening with a curated selection of very short videos covering a variety of Agile topics including how to be a great Product Owner, and how not to be a great Scrum Master. The feature presentation will be an exclusive video from Scrum co-creator Jeff Sutherland exploring his new book “Twice the Work in Half the Time”. Following the films, we’ll do a festival Q&A and give away a few copies of Jeff’s new book.

Agile 101 – Scrum Myth or Fact.  We’ll do a quick overview of how Scrum works before breaking up into small teams to test your knowledge of the Scrum events in an interactive quiz!

Doors open at 6 pm for networking and pizza.

Agile 101 begins at 6:15 pm.

The feature presentation will begin at 7:00 pm.

After the meetup, we will self-organize to continue the conversation at a local pub.

RSVP via the meetup group. (You can always show up without reserving, but it helps us figure out how much food to arrange!)

October Agile Ottawa Event – Estimation

October meetup has been posted for Agile Ottawa… Mark Levison (@mlevison) of Agile Pain Relief will be our main presenter and is tackling the tricky topic of “Estimation”. Agile 101 session will come to us thanks to Bill Bourne (@abbourne) on yet another tricky topic… “What does an Agile Manager do?”

To register for this free event, please RSVP to our meetup here:

http://www.meetup.com/Ottawa-Scrum-Users-Group/events/209106542/

See you on October 14th!

Agile Ottawa – September Event – Announcement and Links

Thanks to Phil Green (twitter: @pg5150) for his engaging workshop on “User Story Mapping” this week.  Thank you also to all who came out and participated in the event… we had a packed house and a great time.

As promised, here are some useful links of upcoming events in the Agile community.  Agile Ottawa’s next session will be downtown… still looking for a location for this event.  If anyone can volunteer some space, please reach out to us… we look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Agile Pain Relief – kind sponsors of pizza – has a few upcoming courses taking place in Ottawa for Certified Product Owners and Certified ScrumMasters – for more details, please take a look here: http://agilepainrelief.com

Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour (GOAT) is still accepting proposals (deadline is September 15th) for speakers and rumours are the team is getting close to selecting keynote speakers. Mark your calendar for November 24th 2014. Tickets go on sale October 1st.  http://goagiletour.ca/

Scrum.Org is in town at the end of the Month, hosting a Professional Scrum Developer Train the Trainer Event.  For more details: https://www.scrum.org/Become-a-Trainer/PSD-Train-the-Trainer-Ottawa-2014

YouILabs – kind volunteers of space for the September AO event – have postings open for all kinds of Agile folks.  For more details: http://www.youi.tv/careers/

Agile 101 – For a complete list of the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto, go to: http://agilemanifesto.org/

 

Calling all Agilistas! Another Year of Agile Ottawa is Ready to Go!

The volunteer organizers of Agile Ottawa have been busy bees over the summer as we prepare for another year of Agile Ottawa meetup events.  In addition, our group is taking on a greater leadership role in organizing the Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour conference coming in November.  Call for speakers deadline is Sept. 15th, see details below.

If you can’t wait until November to get your dose of Agile, then we suggest coming out to our first event of the year. Graciously hosted by YouILabs and with pizza provided by Agile Pain Relief, Phil Green (twitter: @pg5150) will present a User Story Mapping Workshop on Tuesday, September 9th. For details and to register: http://www.meetup.com/Ottawa-Scrum-Users-Group/events/203163212/

We look forward to bringing you Agile meetups every second Tuesday of the month again for another year… if you have a suggestion for a topic or would like to present at AO, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.  Hope to see you soon!