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Simple Agile

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Presentation for Agile Denver on September 28, 2009. …

Presentation for Agile Denver on September 28, 2009.

Abstract:

Everyone knows Agile is hard to do effectively. So how can it be simple?
It can't be simple, but keeping simple in mind can help avoid a number
of problems which tend to make agile harder! Confused? Then come to this
presentation which is designed to illuminate certain areas of agility
where teams and organizations tend to make things hard on themselves
rather than taking a simple approach.

"Simple Agile" is all about living the common agile phrase "Do the
simplest thing that works." This presentation will explore Simple Agile
planning, meetings, development, and testing along with other tangential
areas. The presentation combines some PowerPoint slides, some audience
participation and some group discussion. Come prepared to participate!

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  • "They inherited the earth and then the army came and scorched it."
  • “Mayfield College”
  • Pair programming demonstrationTester/Dev pairs for building tests
  • Planning pokerTeam estimation game
  • Deliver maximum value
  • Swarm demonstration
  • Means it is completed!
  • If you focused solely on this how would things change?
  • Build something small and then adjust!
  • You can’t improve it all, so improve one or two things at a time
  • How can this be done? Only in retrospectives!
  • Transcript

    • 1. Simple Agile
      Presented by Bob Hartman
      Agile Cooperative Founding Member
      bob.hartman@agilecooperative.comhttp://www.agilebob.com
      Presentation Copyright © 2009, Agile For All, LLC. All rights reserved.
    • 2. Bob Hartman (Agile Bob)
      • 30+ years of software industry experience
      • 3. Certified Scrum Coach (CSC)
      • 4. Bachelor and Masters degrees in Computer Science
      • 5. Roles included Tester, Developer, Dev Manager, QA Manager, Product Manager, Project Manager, VP…
      • 6. Started with agile in 1999
      bob.hartman@agileforall.com
      303-766-0917blog: www.agilebob.com
      2
    • 7. About You
      How many are currently using agile?
      How many are going to use agile within a year or know someone else who will use agile within a year?
      How many are getting all stories accepted prior to the iteration demo during at 75% of your iterations?
      How many want to get better at agile?
      3
    • 8. Which system is “simpler”?
      A
      B
      4
    • 9. Principles for “Simple Agile”
      Collaborate
      Work together
      Honor priorities
      Respect the customer, the process, the product, the team and each other
      Do the simplest thing that works – then stop!
      Improve every iteration
      5
    • 10. 6
      Collaborate
    • 11. What was actually said
      "They inherited the earth and then the army came and scorched it."
      7
    • 12. 8
      Work Together
    • 13. 9
      Planning
    • 14. Honor Priorities
      10
      Honor Priorities
    • 15. Why is this NOT a goodProduct Backlog???
      Reports, Admin functions, Single sign-on, Expert mode, External API, DB speedups
      11
    • 16. Why is this NOT a goodProduct Backlog???
      Prio:Function
      A: Reports
      A: Admin functions
      A: Single sign-on
      B: Expert mode
      B: External API
      C: DB speedups
      12
    • 17. 13
      Swarm
    • 18. 14
      Deliver Value – Every Day!
      Photo credit: woodsy on sxc.hu
    • 19. 15
      Respectthe customer, the process, the product, the teamand each other
    • 20. Do the simplest thing that works – then stop
      It should be a swing
      It should rotate easily
      Given it is solid, when it is under pressure, it should still work
      From the acceptance criteria on the flip chart, what are we building?
      16
    • 21. Do the simplest thing that works – then stop
      It should be a swing
      It should rotate easily
      Given it is solid, when it is under pressure, it should still work
      Would this work?
      Would this work?
      17
    • 22. Do the simplest thing that works – then stop
      It should be a swing
      It should rotate easily
      Given it is solid, when it is under pressure, it should still work
      What about this?
      18
    • 23. Do the simplest thing that works – then stop
      19
      How do we make sure we get the right one?
    • 24. Improve
      20
      “I do one thing. I do it very well. Then I move on.” – Charles Emerson Winchester III on M*A*S*H
    • 25. 21
      55% of agile teams answering surveys have improved at least 25% in:
      Productivity
      Time to Market
      Reduction of Defects
      Stakeholder Satisfaction
    • 26. 22
      Getting 1% better every two weeks will make a team more than 25% better at the end of a year.
    • 27. How “simple” is your agile?
      How many people make decisions?
      Do you honor product backlog priorities?
      How often are stories accepted?
      If someone has a question about how to test a particular part of a story who do they talk to?
      What does the Project Manager control?
      Are your daily standup meetings useful?
      What is your team working on this iteration to be better than last iteration?
      23
    • 28. Questions?
      Bob Hartman
      www.agilebob.com
      bob.hartman@agilecooperative.com
      303-766-0917
      24
    • 29. 25
      Agile Adoption: The Real Story
      October 20, 2009
      9am-4:30pm
      Holiday Inn Express
      7380 SOUTH CLINTON STREETENGLEWOOD, CO 80112
      (Across from Maggiano’s restaurant)
      Learn more at www.agilecooperative.com