Teaching Agile Principles
Through Experiential Exercises
Andy Brown, U-M Medical School
turbobrown
/in/andyjbrown
Tell a story*: Worst injury or most embarrassing moment
*NOT the funniest thing that ever happened (takes too long and you...
Key details go missing
New elements get added
Sometimes the story changes altogether
http://www.flickr.com/photos/96037254...
Meetings

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7567658@N04/3503394977/

Documentation
http://www.flickr.com/photos/34252364@N00/36...
The most efficient and effective method of
conveying information to and within a development
team is face-to-face conversa...
Form pairs. One person is
a Product Owner, the other
is a Developer.
Developers have their
backs to the screen.

The Produ...
Do NOT use these words:
tea
pot
short

spout
coffee
water
heat
Do NOT use these words:
motorcycle
bike
camper
recreational
vehicle (RV)
chopper
Harley
Business people and developers must work
together daily throughout the project.

Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amo...
Get into groups of 68
One person will
facilitate and needs
to come up front for
special instructions.
One person needs
to ...
Sequences
A, B, C, D…Z

3, 6, 9, 12…42
5, 10, 15, 20…60
““There is time enough for everything in the course of the day,
if you do but one thing at once, but there is not time eno...
Build projects around motivated individuals.
Give them the environment and support they need,
and trust them to get the jo...
Credits
Storytelling Exercise - Jessie Shternshus,
@TheImprovEffect http://www.improveffect.com/

Drawing Exercise – Don M...
Thank you!
Andy Brown
turbobrown
in/andyjbrown
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  1. 1. Teaching Agile Principles Through Experiential Exercises Andy Brown, U-M Medical School turbobrown /in/andyjbrown
  2. 2. Tell a story*: Worst injury or most embarrassing moment *NOT the funniest thing that ever happened (takes too long and you almost always had to be there)
  3. 3. Key details go missing New elements get added Sometimes the story changes altogether http://www.flickr.com/photos/96037254@N00/4770392109/
  4. 4. Meetings http://www.flickr.com/photos/7567658@N04/3503394977/ Documentation http://www.flickr.com/photos/34252364@N00/369893824/
  5. 5. The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation. Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software. At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.
  6. 6. Form pairs. One person is a Product Owner, the other is a Developer. Developers have their backs to the screen. The Product Owner describes the product on the slide WITHOUT saying the words next to it. The developer draws the product.
  7. 7. Do NOT use these words: tea pot short spout coffee water heat
  8. 8. Do NOT use these words: motorcycle bike camper recreational vehicle (RV) chopper Harley
  9. 9. Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project. Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential. The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.
  10. 10. Get into groups of 68 One person will facilitate and needs to come up front for special instructions. One person needs to keep time. http://www.flickr.com/photos/66028951@N00/6104481058/ The rest of the group gets to participate.
  11. 11. Sequences A, B, C, D…Z 3, 6, 9, 12…42 5, 10, 15, 20…60
  12. 12. ““There is time enough for everything in the course of the day, if you do but one thing at once, but there is not time enough in the year, if you will do two things at a time.” – Lord Chesterfield, 1740 “The research is almost unanimous, which is very rare in social science, and it says that people who chronically multitask show an enormous range of deficits. They're basically terrible at all sorts of cognitive tasks, including multitasking.” – Dr. Clifford Nass, 2013 http://www.flickr.com/photos/48600090482@N01/22584430/
  13. 13. Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done. Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely. Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.
  14. 14. Credits Storytelling Exercise - Jessie Shternshus, @TheImprovEffect http://www.improveffect.com/ Drawing Exercise – Don McGreal, @donmcgreal – http://tastycupcakes.org Multitasking Exercise – Peter Saddington, @agilescout – http://myai.org
  15. 15. Thank you! Andy Brown turbobrown in/andyjbrown

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