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Getting a grip on your agile maturity using the ambition chart

Main Statement:
Improvements planned in the retrospective do not stand on their own. What is the ambition of your team and how do you share these?

Agile teams access their effectiveness every sprint. The power of retrospectives is that they, when done well, focus on improving in small achievable steps. This ensures that progress is being made and is more than just a far away dream.

Despite the above, I experienced that in and around teams the proposed improvements are measured and valued against the maturity of the agile adoption. I noticed that in several situations people were judging the performance of the team and the proposed improvements against an implicit blueprint; small improvements were fine “for just now” and regarded as a “good first step”. The implication of the above struck me! We all had our own plan and expectations, but these were implicit and not transparent. In reaction I developed the ambition chart. It is a graphical one-pager that gives insight in the current state, the collective ambition and describes the next step to be taken.

The ambition chart can be used to:
-Discus and align expectations and ambition that individual team members have and create a team goal.
-Break big goals into smaller steps
-Prioritize improvement suggestions made in the retrospective
-Manage dependencies between different area’s of improvement
-Focus on the next step that needs to be taken, without being distracted by the end goal

In this presentation I will explain how to make and use an ambition chart. I will explain situations in which it can be beneficial and share some examples of focus areas.

Key Learnings
-Hands-on technique: the ambition chart
-How to plan for small improvements and manage expectations -stakeholders have about agile maturity
-To plan improvements in in one or more teams and keep track of dependencies.
-To plan improvements in in one or more teams and keep track of dependencies.

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Getting a grip on your agile maturity using the ambition chart

  1. 1. GRIP ON YOUR AGILE MATURITY Using the Ambition chart December 2016, Potsdam Germany Derk-Jan de Grood, Valori
  2. 2. Key messages
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  5. 5. Potential problems 5 • Teams get stuck on small daily issues • Teams have difficulties in prioritizing improvements • Teams go their own way (deviate from other teams)
  6. 6. Scaling Agile 6
  7. 7. Agile Maturity How do you measure it? 7
  8. 8. 8 Checklist
  9. 9. Definition of Victory 9 1. SCRUM Knowledge 2. SCRUM Process 3. Stakeholder involvement 4. Awareness Organization 5. Tooling 6. Business Goals
  10. 10. Retro of Retro’s 10
  11. 11. Retro of Retro’s 11
  12. 12. AMBITION CHART THE BIRTH OF A NEW IDEA 12
  13. 13. 13 Subway mapping and release planning
  14. 14. 14 After the Retrospective
  15. 15. Our End Goal 15
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  17. 17. 17 Ambition Chart for the SCRUM implementation Version 1.0 August 2015 - Valori Where dowe stand today? Release & Portfolio Management Stakeholder Involvement Informing the Stakeholder Requirements & Use Cases Testing Demo Team & collaboration
  18. 18. 18 Ambition Chart for the SCRUM implementation Version 1.0 August 2015 - Valori Where dowe stand today? Release & Portfolio Management Stakeholder Involvement Informing the Stakeholder Requirements & Use Cases Testing Demo Team & collaboration
  19. 19. 19 Ambition Chart for the SCRUM implementation Version 1.0 August 2015 - Valori Where dowe stand today? Release & Portfolio Management Stakeholder Involvement Informing the Stakeholder Requirements & Use Cases Testing Demo Team & collaboration Example of descriptions • X% of the test are automated and launched from the build server • Team has sufficient knowledge to independently develop the requested features • Stakeholders define business value for each feature
  20. 20. Ambition Chart Rules 20
  21. 21. But there are guidelines 21 Identify Maturity Areas Dream about the ideal situation Define small steps towards the end state Describe characteristics rather than actions Draw the "today we are here" line Forget about the end state focus on tomorrow
  22. 22. Examples 22
  23. 23. ALM RM Ambition Chart Testing Derk-Jan de Grood - Versie 0.2 November 2015 Ketentest TestAutomatisering Systeemtest Testaanpak UAT Unit Test
  24. 24. Testen Blije medewerkers Nieuw pand Commitment & aanhaken business Release Voorspelbaarh eid IT belang Ambitiekaart ScrumMasters Derk-Jan de Grood – Versie 1 - November 2016 Stabiliteit AanvoerAfvoerTeamorganisatie
  25. 25. 26 The two steps plan Improvement areas contributing to the same goal
  26. 26. 27 Anton Zotin- Scaling without scaling
  27. 27. Keeps team focus on goal rather than operational issues Expectation management toward stakeholders
  28. 28. Application 29 • Test Improvement Plan • Test Guild • Scrum team (or teams) • Department ambition • Personal development
  29. 29. WRAP-UP 30
  30. 30. Derk-Jan Valori Coltbaan 4a 3439 NG NIEUWEGEIN The Netherlands • derkjandegrood@valori.nl • +31(0)651807878 • www.valori.nl • @DerkJanDeGrood • http://djdegrood.wordpress.com 32

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