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Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
Agile project kick off from the trenches
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Sharing experiences for a successful agile project initiation from the trenches. The recipe.

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  • Tips for effective discipline
    Respect/follow the rules and the duties set by your organization and work within the limits.
    Stay calm and do not get carried away when people misbehave. Avoid screaming, name-calling (negative criticism) and disrespect. Talk to people as you would want to talk to you.
    Make sure people understand that it is the misbehavior that you are unhappy
    Allow for negotiation and flexibility
    Whenever possible, consequences should be delivered immediately and relate to the rule broken
    Remember to show acknowledgement and give credit and praise good behavior.
    Consistency and predictability are the cornerstones of discipline and praise is the most powerful reinforce of learning.
    Be a good role model
  • Martin Fowler
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    • 1. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 1 Agile project kick-off from the trenches The recipe
    • 2. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 2 About the chef George StamosGeorge Stamos Agile/Lean coach and trainer at Intracom Telecoms S.A.Agile/Lean coach and trainer at Intracom Telecoms S.A. george.m.stamos@gmail.comgeorge.m.stamos@gmail.com
    • 3. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 3 Recipe background Agile project initiation should contain all activities needed to start the project with confidence.
    • 4. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 4 Recipe background It should provide the team and the stakeholders all the needed “startup” information.
    • 5. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 5 Masters voice Before we start
    • 6. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 6 Successful agile project initiation Main Course
    • 7. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 7 Main Ingredient
    • 8. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 8 Discipline Is doing what you know needs to be DONEeven when you don’t want to do it
    • 9. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 9 Required ingredients Cooking in a Scrum kitchen ›Product Owner, Scrum Master, Development team ›Optionally selected & identified feature stakeholders ›Kick-off meeting ›Project vision, goal(s) and business value ›Stakeholder management ›Stakeholder alignment ›Collaboration tools ›Continuous integration ›Bug and improvement tracking system ›Team competence gap analysis ›Risk management
    • 10. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 10 Preparation time One to three days
    • 11. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 11 Execution time Two days
    • 12. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 12 The kitchen › Scaling & Distributing Scrum where distributed teams may work in parallel with dependency reduction and sync
    • 13. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 13 Equipment, Environment and Tools › Brief high-level feature presentation › Presentation of the preliminary feature time-plan/anatomy › Shared Working agreements › Shared US-DoD, Q-criteria, Release-DoD › Preliminary version of the feature backlog › A lot of time-boxes › Versioning system › Continuous integration platform › Bug tracking tool › Collaboration and communication tools › Stakeholder map or value network
    • 14. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 14 About the main ingredients
    • 15. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 15 Product owner (CHEF) › Why? – The key to a successful agile software development project (recipe) › How? – 0.5oz of eagerness to discover new ideas – 0.5oz of exploring Product Ownership – 0.5oz of willingness to help their teams to grow – 0.5oz of ability and willingness to try new things and experiment – 0.5oz of willingness to foster innovation › What? – 10g of being able to understanding PdOs role – 10g of being able to call the business decisions that needs to be taken – 100g of responsibility for the product backlog – 80g of being able to produce a concise and accurate release plan – 10g of being able to motivate the team – 100g of being to listens to all stakeholders
    • 16. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 16 Scrum master (SOUS-CHEF) › Why? – The coach of the Development Team, Product Owner and Organization to follow Scrum values, practices, and rules. › How? – 2 tbsp. of being able to explain Scrum to the organization – 2 tbsp. of being an expert on the Scrum process – 2 tbsp. of being able to handle the fact that a SM has no authority – 2 tbsp. of being able to help the team to improve its engineering practices – 2 tbsp. of being able to works on his/her Scrum impediment list › What? – Pinch of Facilitating (helping all roles and functions to collaborate closely) – Pinch of Coaching, (to high productivity and to expand Scrum in the organization) – Pinch of “Shielding” (for the team and educating others outside the team about how the team is working) – Steer everything to remove impediments for the team
    • 17. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 17 Development team (Le commis de cuisine) › Why? – The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self- organizing teams › How? – 1.5oz of authority over the sprint – 1.5oz of empowerment – 1.5oz of commitment to work at sprint planning – 1.5oz of responsibility – 1.5oz of continuous improvement › What? – 100g of knowledge from a-z on how to build the feature – 100g of cross functional team working as possible on one product backlog at a time – 100g of transparency (Be careful, hiding undone work will ruin your recipe) – 100g of continuous engineering practices improvement
    • 18. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 18 Kick-off meeting › Why? – The best opportunity for a Product Owner to energize his or her team. During this meeting, the Product Owner can establish a sense of common goal and start understanding each individual. › How? – A strong and clear agenda – Review project vision and goals – Establish key priorities and concerns – Establish candidate releasable – Decide what to do first › What? – Project business value – Stakeholder alignment – Continuous integration – Team competence gap analysis – Risk management
    • 19. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 19 Preparation phase
    • 20. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 20 Preparation phase Scope & Vision › Start with WHY first › What do we want to accomplish › Imagine what the product will be like when it is ‘finished.’ › Describe this finished state and publish it. › Explain the business value and opportunity exist for your product to your audience › Use an elevator pitch concept (see next slide)
    • 21. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 21 Preparation phase Elevator pitch › The elevator pitch must answer six questions: – What is the project – Who is your target customer or user profile – What problem does your product solve – How does your product solve the problem – Who is behind the project – What makes your product special › Tips – Must be short (30 to 60 seconds) – Easy to understand – Must have a hook to attract your audience – Must be convincing
    • 22. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 22 Preparation phase Stakeholder management & alignment ›The process
    • 23. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 23 Preparation phase Stakeholder management & alignment ›The Tool –Stakeholder Map –Value Networks › Meddlers (Free Exercise) –Other?
    • 24. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 24 Preparation phase Collaboration tools Focus on your needs ›Collaboration comes in all shapes and sizes. Meaningful collaboration may be what your group is seeking. Basics ›Project and team member calendar ›To-Do Lists ›Announcement and discussion boards ›Knowledge management tools ›Instant messaging ›Social networking
    • 25. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 25 Preparation phase Continuous integration Master’s voice Continuous Integration is a software development practice where members of a team integrate their work frequently, usually each person integrates at least daily - leading to multiple integrations per day. Each integration is verified by an automated build (including test) to detect integration errors as quickly as possible.
    • 26. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 26 Preparation phase Continuous integration Disciplines –Continuous Build –Continuous Testing –Continuous Documentation –Continuous Feedback –Continuous Inspection –Continuous Deployment
    • 27. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 27 Preparation phase Continuous integration › Maintain a Single Source Repository › Automate the Build › Make Your Build Self-Testing › Everyone Commits To the Mainline Every Day › Every Commit Should Build the Mainline on an Integration Machine › Keep the Build Fast › Test in a Clone of the Production Environment › Make it Easy for Anyone to Get the Latest Executable › Everyone can see what's happening › Automate Deployment
    • 28. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 28 Preparation phase Continuous integration Popular CI tools –Bamboo –TeamCity –Hudson –LuntBuild –QuickBuild –Apache Continuum –Cruise (Control) –Anthill pro
    • 29. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 29 Preparation phase Bug tracking system To provide a clear centralized overview of development requests (including both bugs and improvements) and their state. ›Popular tools – Bugzilla – Jira – Mantis – Trac – And the ones you already use
    • 30. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 30 Preparation phase Competence gap analysis › Identify the Needed Skills – What is the team mission? – What are the team’s business goals? – What processes and procedures are currently in place? – What critical skills are needed to be able to perform the mission and meet the goals? › Analysis and data collection – Develop job profiles and identify critical skills needed for the job role – Identify employees’ competencies and skill levels – Review current position for future needs – Take the time to develop a list of competencies that most clearly and accurately describe what is needed to do the work › Share information gathered
    • 31. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 31 Preparation phase Risk Management Set-up the process to anticipate risks that might affect the project schedule or the quality of the software being developed, and then take action to avoid these risks ›Risk Categories – Project risks – Product risks – Business risks ›The process 1.Risk identification › Identify possible project, product, and business risks. 1.Risk analysis › Assess the likelihood and consequences of these risks. 1.Risk planning › Make plans to address the risk, either by avoiding it or minimizing its effects on the project. 1.Risk monitoring › You should regularly assess the risk and your plans for risk mitigation and revise these when you learn more about the risk.
    • 32. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 32 Execution phase
    • 33. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 33 Execution phase Call to kick-off meeting › Organizer notes – Need for meeting – Meeting purpose – Time – Meeting length – Participants – Equipment – Agenda – Pre-meeting preparation › Participant notes – Review purpose, agenda, participants, timing – Confirm participation – Meeting preparation – Start your individual preparation – Check for open action points
    • 34. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 34 Execution phase Kick-off meeting Facilitator notes › Organizer notes – Start on time – Welcome participants; Repeat purpose – Remind of roles – Go through the agenda and the expected outcome – Keep notes and time – Facilitate the discussions – Maintain focus and pace – Keep planned brakes › Participant – Be on time – Participate actively – Support the meeting facilitator
    • 35. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 35 Execution phase Kick-off meeting Facilitator notes › Organizer notes – Finish in time – Summarize results/decisions – Agree upon actions – Collect feedback, improvements – Thank the participants – Clean-up the room › Participant – Support consensus – Make notes on own actions – Suggest improvements – Clean-up own area
    • 36. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 36 Execution phase Kick-off meeting › Present and share –Scope & Vision of the feature –Feature’s business value –Brief high-level feature presentation –Presentation of the preliminary feature time-plan –Other useful feature related information
    • 37. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 37 Execution phase Kick-off meeting › Agree on your way of working (what?, who?, when?) – Collaboration tools – Continuous integration strategy and tools – Bug & improvement tracing tools – Communication tools – Risk management handling – On working framework i.e.: › Time box length › Planning session › Review/Demo › Improvement meeting – Quality Assurance activities – User story Definition of Done – Release Definition of Done
    • 38. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 38 Execution phase Kick-off meeting › Stakeholder management – Identify Stakeholders › Consider those who have... - The ability to impact your project - The ability to enhance your project (SMEs) - The ability to slow down your projects (e.g., teams or groups you depend on) - The ability to remove impediments - The ability to lead opinions - The ability to facilitate the change
    • 39. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 39 Execution phase Kick-off meeting › Stakeholder management – Analyze Stakeholders › The stakeholder map What is it? •Provides a framework for managing stakeholders based on interest and influence •Y-axis sometimes labeled “Power” •X-axis sometimes just labeled “Interest”
    • 40. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 40 Execution phase Kick-off meeting › Stakeholder management – Prioritize Stakeholders › Stakeholders may - Find faults - Delay approvals - Provide little support - Be overly controlling - Reassign resources - Sway opinions in a negative direction - Start a competing project - Pull the plug! › Ask for their expectations › Provide yours › Agree on a clear communication strategy Set the frequency •One-on-one conversations •Standing meetings •Project events – Workshops •Reports •other?
    • 41. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 41 Execution phase Competence gap analysis Do the exercise › Identify the Needed Skills – What is the team mission? – What are the team’s business goals? – What processes and procedures are currently in place? – What critical skills are needed to be able to perform the mission and meet the goals? › Analysis and data collection – Develop job profiles and identify critical skills needed for the job role – Identify employees’ competencies and skill levels – Review current position for future needs – Take the time to develop a list of competencies that most clearly and accurately describe what is needed to do the work › Share information gathered
    • 42. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 42 Execution phase Risk Management Have your first session Set-up the process to anticipate risks that might affect the project schedule or the quality of the software being developed, and then take action to avoid these risks ›Risk Categories – Project risks – Product risks – Business risks ›The process 1.Risk identification › Identify possible project, product, and business risks. 1.Risk analysis › Assess the likelihood and consequences of these risks. 1.Risk planning › Make plans to address the risk, either by avoiding it or minimizing its effects on the project. 1.Risk monitoring › You should regularly assess the risk and your plans for risk mitigation and revise these when you learn more about the risk.
    • 43. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 43 Execution phase Project backlog Present –Preliminary presentation of the project backlog –Minimum marketable features –Product Milestones –Release plan ›Exercise –Draw project release plan ›Tools –Story Mapping –TreeMap –Enhanced Burndown Chart with Epic Bars
    • 44. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 44 Note from the chef
    • 45. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 45 Note from the chef Do not forget ›Have an engaged team ›Be informed of the team’s progress ›Receive good-faith estimates ›Be educated on technical and architectural factors that impact estimates ›Be informed of feature’s risks ›Receive Lean/Agile training and coaching
    • 46. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 46 Note from the chef but ›Remain engaged from the definition to the completion of your feature ›Provide ongoing feedback and support ›Define and clarify requirements ›Collaborate with the Product Owner ›Contribute to the growth of a trusting Agile environment
    • 47. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 47 Note from the chef Managing expectations ›Be prepared for questions from those not familiar with Agile –“What do you mean you can’t commit to what I’m getting six months from now?” –“Can you squeeze it in? It’s really small.” –“Why are you wasting time on architecture and refactoring?”
    • 48. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 48 Note from the chef What is needed ›Patience ›Setting the right expectation –on scope –and timing ›Prioritize right ›Allocate feature resources and budget right ›Be able to justify your decisions ›Continuous planning and risk assessment
    • 49. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 49 Note from the chef And . . .
    • 50. Agile project kick-off from the trenches /// Sharing Experiences | 2014-02-17 | Page 50
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