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The art to facilitating great collaborative workshops - Locomote - 15_09_2016

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We can no longer afford to work independently of eachother. In order for teams to deliver great outcomes we need to collaborate. Agile encourages collaboration via many different workshops. But, running these workshops can be hard. In order to ensure we don’t waste time, we need a strong facilitator.

Today, I want to share with you some of the tips and techniques that I have learnt over the years when it comes to running great collaborative workshops. We will go through some of the key Agile workshops: Project Inceptions, Product Backlog Refinement, Story Kickoffs, Retrospectives and more. You too can learn the art to facilitating great collaborative workshops.

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The art to facilitating great collaborative workshops - Locomote - 15_09_2016

  1. 1. The art of facilitating great collaborative workshops Ryan McKergow ryanmckergow rmckergow
  2. 2. Overview • How has the way we worked changed? • Collaborative Agile workshops • Tips to facilitate great workshops
  3. 3. How has the way we worked changed?
  4. 4. Back in 2001… something happened...
  5. 5. The Agile Manifesto We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this we have come to value: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working software over comprehensive documentation Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to change over following a plan That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.
  6. 6. The Agile Manifesto Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  7. 7. We no longer work like this…
  8. 8. We work like this…
  9. 9. Or like this…
  10. 10. Why did we have to change?
  11. 11. Reading documentation ≠ shared understanding Communicationeffectiveness Richness of communication Reading a document / stories Refer to this article featuring @TotherAlistair: http://bit.ly/agilecomms
  12. 12. Talking to people = shared understanding Communicationeffectiveness Richness of communication Refer to this article featuring @TotherAlistair: http://bit.ly/agilecomms Face to face conversation Face to face at a whiteboard
  13. 13. Collaborative Agile workshops
  14. 14. Project Inception
  15. 15. Project Inception – Our agenda • Ice breakers • Project Overview • Scoping Workshop (In, Out, Unsure Scope) • To be process mapping • Story Card Identification • Non-Functional Requirements • Release Planning • Team Processes
  16. 16. Project Inception – Our agenda
  17. 17. Product Backlog Refinement
  18. 18. Daily Scrum (aka Daily Standup)
  19. 19. Story Kickoff
  20. 20. Sprint Retrospective What worked well? What didn’t worked well? What’s puzzling me?
  21. 21. How you can facilitate great collaborative workshops
  22. 22. Preparation
  23. 23. Facilitate with intent
  24. 24. Encourage appropriate behaviours
  25. 25. Retrospective Prime Directive “Regardless of what we discover, we understand and truly believe that everyone did the best job they could, given what they knew at the time, their skills and abilities, the resources available, and the situation at hand.”
  26. 26. Encourage appropriate behaviours
  27. 27. Engagement from everyone
  28. 28. How you can facilitate great collaborative workshops 1 Preparation Encourage appropriate behaviours Facilitate with intent Engagement from everyone 3 2 4
  29. 29. Thank you

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