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Agile and lean impediment game - Agile Tour Brussel 2015 - Ben Linders

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If you want to become agile and lean, teams need to be able to handle impediments quickly and effectively. This game teaches you to recognize and analyse impediment and to take appropriate action by deploying agile and lean good practices.

Many organizations are going through agile transformations. They are implementing Scrum and maybe large scale agile framework like SAFe or DAD, hoping to better serve the IT needs of the business and to develop products that satisfy their customers. Unfortunately those transformation do not always live up to the agile promise to deliver faster, make better products that customers really like or reducing the IT costs. One of the reasons that transformation fail is that team get blocked while working agile due to impediments, and are unable to solve them themselves or to involve their stakeholders or managers and have them solved.

In this game you will be a team which has been working together for a couple of iterations. The game can be played by 1-4 teams simultaneously. Each team will has Scrum master and a Product Owner. The game consists of a deck of impediment cards, a list of agile and lean good practices, and an impediment board. During the game the teams will be coached in understanding impediments and selecting and deploying good practices to take action.

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Agile and lean impediment game - Agile Tour Brussel 2015 - Ben Linders

  1. 1. 1 Ben Linders Consulting Agile and Lean Impediment Game Agile Tour Brussel, November 2, 2015 Ben Linders
  2. 2. 2 Ben Linders Consulting Agile, Lean, Quality & Continuous Improvement Retrospectives Facilitator Agile Coach/Mentor/Trainer CMMI & People-CMM Assessor Freelance Editor for InfoQ.com Ben Linders Co-Author Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives English Dutch French Japanese Spanish Italian Chinese Russian Polish German Author: What Drives Quality Continuous Improvement eBook: Download from Amazon, InfoQ or Leanpub Print: Buy on Amazon or Lulu
  3. 3. 3 Ben Linders Consulting Why Agile Fails: Impediments Many organizations are going through agile transformations. They are implementing Scrum and maybe large scale agile framework like SAFe or DAD, hoping to better serve the IT needs of the business and to develop products that satisfy their customers. Unfortunately those transformation do not always live up to the agile promise to deliver faster, make better products that customers really like or reducing the IT costs. One of the reasons that transformation fail is that teams get blocked while working agile due to impediments, and are unable to solve it themselves or to involve their stakeholders or managers and have it solved.
  4. 4. 4 Ben Linders Consulting Impediment Game: Goal • Recognize impediments • Understand how they can hinder the team • Deploy agile and lean practices to deal with them • Become more effective in dealing with impediments
  5. 5. 5 Ben Linders Consulting Playing the game • Assign Scrum Master and Product Owner Introduce yourself (1 minute) • Take impediment card – Read the card out loud – Discuss the impediment – Pick practices to deal with impediment – Decide who takes which action – Card + action on impediment board • Play for +/- 60 Min / 15 cards
  6. 6. 6 Ben Linders Consulting Apply practices effectively Examples of practices: • INVEST, Backlog Grooming • Estimation, #NoEstimates • Reviews, Pair Programming • YAGNI, Refactoring • Collective Ownership • Ship-it Days • Retrospectives • Root Cause Analysis • Safe-to-fail experiments Technical Practices Team Working & Efficiency Customer & Requirements Organizational Change
  7. 7. 7 Ben Linders Consulting Evaluate Actions • Are the actions clear? Feasible? • Actions which are related? Combine? • Distribution of actions? Bottleneck? • Do actions really address root causes of impediments?
  8. 8. 8 Ben Linders Consulting Share you learnings • How did the game go? • What did you learn? • What worked for you? • What didn’t work? • Suggestions for handling impediments?
  9. 9. 9 Ben Linders Consulting Tips for dealing with Impediments Make it visible Raise issues early Feelings matter Why over How Know the root causes Safe-to-fail experiments
  10. 10. 10 Ben Linders Consulting Continuous Improvement Become aware of importance of continuous improvement, Explore how it’s engrained in agile software development Suggestions that you can use in your daily work to improve continuously Increase your organization's agility! Leanpub.com/continuousimprovement “Continuous Improvement is the act of continuously doing whatever helps to become better and thus more valuable”
  11. 11. 11 Ben Linders Consulting Getting More out of Agile & Lean Practices for teams and stakeholders to develop the right products, deliver faster, increase quality, and create happy high performing teams. Full Day Workshop: Deploying practices effectively Improve Collaboration Tips & Trick for Agile & Lean Improve Continuously Increase your organization's agility! BenLinders.com/agilelean
  12. 12. 12 Ben Linders Consulting Questions?Questions? Ben Linders Independent Consultant Agile, Lean, Quality & Continuous Improvement info@BenLinders.cominfo@BenLinders.com @BenLinders www.linkedin.com/in/benlinderswww.linkedin.com/in/benlinders www.facebook.com/BenLindersAdvieswww.facebook.com/BenLindersAdvies www.benlinders.comwww.benlinders.com
  13. 13. 13 Ben Linders Consulting Background Information
  14. 14. 14 Ben Linders Consulting Retrospectives Book Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives By Luis Gonçalves & Ben Linders Download from InfoQ or Leanpub Buy on Amazon or Lulu amazon.com/dp/B00SWJO1DI leanpub.com/gettingvalueoutofagileretrospectives Mailinglist: eepurl.com/Mem7H The suggested price is $9,99 (excl. VAT); this is what we think is the real value of this book. We leave it up to our readers to decide what they would like to pay for the book. 
  15. 15. 15 Ben Linders Consulting Agile Retrospectives amazon.com/dp/B00SWJO1DI benlinders.com/exercises/
  16. 16. 16 Ben Linders Consulting Articles on Effective Agile • Agile needs coaching • How futurespectives help teams to reach their goals • Spice up your agile retrospectives • Empower teams to increase quality • Self-assessing how Agile you are • Sustainable Improvement through Agile Retrospectives • Working in a Sustainable Pace • Becoming Agile and Lean • Succes Factors for Using Scrum and Getting Benefits • Process Improvement: The Agile Way • Golden Rules for Agile Process Improvement • How to deal with Resistance when Implementing Agile • Managing Projects with Agile Teams • Establishing and Maintaining Stable Teams • Getting Business Value out of Agile Retrospectives • Are your Professionals Empowered?

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