Once again, the Agile Ottawa community did not disappoint… The evening started with an engaging session on Core Protocols, facilitated by our own Ellen Grove. Ellen covered the basics of Core Protocols and lead a very effective exercise where the group had the chance to try out the protocols on each other.
In the spirit of this, we moved on to exercising one of these protocols in more detail… the “Brag Protocol”. Participants shared stories of Agile success, we promptly applauded and cheered on… and we attempted to capture the source of these successful stories.
Without further ado… here are a few secrets for achieving Agile success captured from our meetup:
1. Allow the team to express their opinions in anonymity to help reveal the truth.
2. Bring a ball to standup. Rather than “follow order” throw the ball around to choose who speaks next… this can lead to interesting conversations and new interactions.
3. Need people to take the lead? As the team for volunteers, you’ll discover that (given the opportunity) people WILL step forward.
4. The antidote to despair on a project is empowerment. Start fixing problems.
5. If you keep sharing Agile stories and lessons with the team; over time, you will find that you are transforming people in great ways that you didn’t anticipate.
6. Formulating the project “requirements” as “problems”, allows creative ideas to come forth and empowers the team.
7. Mob programming is a great way to “gel” a new team together and build Agile skills. It’s also an effective way to solve problems.
8. Creating a safe place to work allows the team to make mistakes and grow.
9. Looking at a laundry list of a backlog? Turn that list sideways and narrow it down to the most important stories. Creating a reasonable scope of work means more work gets done… and less time is spent talking about it.
10. Transforming a team’s physical space (e.g. take down those walls) creates opportunities for the team to share and work in new and more effective ways.
11. Create opportunities for teams to share their different experiences with each other… being able to visualize work is key to making this happen on a regular basis.
12. Confront those monsters! Often problems that appear impossible or extremely hard to fix can be resolved quickly by working openly and collaboratively.
Thank you to all who participated and shared their experiences with the group.