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Swarm: Beyond Pair, Beyond Scrum


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Slides from my Agile Testing Days 2016 conference presentation.

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Swarm: Beyond Pair, Beyond Scrum

  1. 1. Swarm: Beyond Pair, beyond Scrum "Auklet flock" by D. Dibenski
  2. 2. I’m Danijel •#swarming #AgileTD •@darsenovski •
  3. 3. Quiz •According to a recent study, people are happier when they visit an exotic location on their vacation •True or false?
  4. 4. How I discovered Swarming
  5. 5. 2014
  6. 6. Catalysts •We encountered: •A crisis •An unfinished, unusable application in production •We agreed: •To work on 1 item at a time
  7. 7. What makes a swarm?
  8. 8. •WIP of 1 •Done when deployed into production and approved by PO •Items are pulled in •“Mobbing” on code, and on everything else •No Estimates
  9. 9. Fluid leadership, no decision making, no roles, no ceremonies
  10. 10. Swarm patterns Branch out Keep one in the darkSpread out
  11. 11. Problem Solving
  12. 12. Benefits • Work environment for human beings Productivity? “Let’s focus instead on impediments” (Woody Zuill) and how swarming helps overcoming them: • No interruptions • No context switching • No ”blocked” time • No branches in our code or code reviews • Better quality • Maximizes learning • Maximizes robustness • Instant on-boarding
  13. 13. 2015 – Today
  14. 14. 3rd Floor at Alaska Airlines McGee Building
  15. 15. Swarming went viral •First team stuck with it for approx. 6 months •Monitors were initial impediments •First monitor purchase open floodgates
  16. 16. ”Corporate” Swarm patterns Ambassadors Hijack
  17. 17. Swarming principles •RESPECT •Don’t say NO •All ideas are considered •Everybody should have it’s say •Consent over Consensus •Maintain the flow
  18. 18. In the beginning •Action figures •Mediators
  19. 19. What I learned about motivation •Name 3 factors that lead to better performance (Dan Pink) •Master •Autonomy •Purpose •Swarming adds: •Helping others (altruism) •Teaching •Human interaction
  20. 20. Quiz •According to a recent study, people are happier when they visit an exotic location on their vacation •True or false? •False!
  21. 21. Social animals "Man is by nature a social animal…”
  22. 22. Swarming is social and it’s fun!
  23. 23. Thank you! Danijel Arsenovski Twitter: @darsenovski Questions?