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Creating Strong and
Passionate Communities
of Practice
Allison & Ty
?
What is a Community of
Practice?
A group of people with
a common interest
A group of people
with a common goal of
improv...
The First Agile Community of
Practice…
What did the agile manifesto signatories
want to do by gathering?
How to do work be...
The Evolution of
Communities of Practice
Center of Excellence
User Groups
A long time ago…
at a company
far far away
Open ...
CoP Events
Solve a problem
Workshop
Sage on stage
Collaboration
Presenters from
outside our
wheelhouse
Community
presenter...
The Community Extends
Outside of the Meeting
A lunch room conversation
Crowdsourcing your problem
Small Groups
Study Buddi...
?
Why Have a Community of
Practice?
What does the
individual
receive?
What does the
organization
receive?
What does the
co...
?Who is Your Community For?
Who is the target?
Who presents?
ScrumMasters Teams Managers Organizations
ACTIVITY
?What is Your Vision?
What makes this different from
other groups?
What is your purpose? What do
you do?
What state, conte...
?How are We Doing It?
I say that it's incredibly simple. Pick a
date, a time, a location, and invite people.
- Allison Pol...
?
What Type of Space is Needed
for the Community of Practice?
Modular, open space
Big open wall space
Great lighting
?
How Much Does a
Community of Practice Cost?
$$
D I S C
?
What Type of People are Needed to
Run a Community of Practice?
ENTJ Extraverted
iNtuitive
Thinking
Judging
Sangu...
?
What will the Community of
Practice Need from Me?
It depends! What type of
community of practice…
You may start with sha...
?
What Other Things Can a
Community of Practice Do?
C o P
Reveal organizational
impediments
Guide the organization
Raise t...
Now What?
?Possible futures
Stuff that needs
doing
People to serve
What types of
people are
needed
?
How Do We Create a
Backlog?
Backlog Doing Done
Value Stream
Don’t make long term plans
Reprioritize or recreate the
back...
Did It Work?
?They stayed
after the
meeting
They stayed
until the end
They showed
up
Lifecycle of a Community of
Practice
Freshman
Sophomore
Senior
Addressing the needs of the individual
who actively seeks o...
Community Growth Pattern
Agile Practice
Technical ExcellenceProduct Management Scrum Master, Coaches
PO, BA, PM, UX QA, Au...
Resources
Dallas Agile
Leadership
Network
Dallas Agile
Community of
Practice
DFW Scrum
Allison Pollard
!
allison.pollard@improvingenterprises.com!
@allison_pollard
Servant Husband
Father Ally
Artist
Agilist
Ga...
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Creating strong & passionate agile communities of practice

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Everyone hits a challenge at some point in adopting agile and belonging to a larger community can help you overcome those challenges. Whether you call it a tribe, a user group, or a community of practice, having a group of people to share ideas with and learn from is a valuable tool to further your personal development and maintain your sanity. Learn about what communities of practice are, how to start them, and why they’re an important part of growing agile.

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Creating strong & passionate agile communities of practice

  1. 1. Creating Strong and Passionate Communities of Practice Allison & Ty
  2. 2. ? What is a Community of Practice? A group of people with a common interest A group of people with a common goal of improving A group of people who share experiences Domain Community Practice
  3. 3. The First Agile Community of Practice… What did the agile manifesto signatories want to do by gathering? How to do work better… Find out the things we have in common. Discover our strengths. Leverage our skills. What can we take away from them?
  4. 4. The Evolution of Communities of Practice Center of Excellence User Groups A long time ago… at a company far far away Open Space CoPs
  5. 5. CoP Events Solve a problem Workshop Sage on stage Collaboration Presenters from outside our wheelhouse Community presenters Social Events
  6. 6. The Community Extends Outside of the Meeting A lunch room conversation Crowdsourcing your problem Small Groups Study Buddies
  7. 7. ? Why Have a Community of Practice? What does the individual receive? What does the organization receive? What does the community receive?
  8. 8. ?Who is Your Community For? Who is the target? Who presents? ScrumMasters Teams Managers Organizations ACTIVITY
  9. 9. ?What is Your Vision? What makes this different from other groups? What is your purpose? What do you do? What state, context or situation is your target in? ACTIVITY
  10. 10. ?How are We Doing It? I say that it's incredibly simple. Pick a date, a time, a location, and invite people. - Allison Pollard http://www.allisonpollard.com Don't give up too easily Be happy with whoever shows up Pick a good location The invitation matters
  11. 11. ? What Type of Space is Needed for the Community of Practice? Modular, open space Big open wall space Great lighting
  12. 12. ? How Much Does a Community of Practice Cost? $$
  13. 13. D I S C ? What Type of People are Needed to Run a Community of Practice? ENTJ Extraverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging Sanguine Choleric Melancholic Phlegmatic The Four Temperaments Myers-Briggs Keirsey Temperament Sorter Artisan Guardian Idealist Rationalist
  14. 14. ? What will the Community of Practice Need from Me? It depends! What type of community of practice… You may start with shadowing for ceremonies. Move on to walk-a-miles. You may start with TDD workshops. Move on to code katas. Presentations Community Connections Workshops You may start with sharing product walls. Move on to prioritization styles.
  15. 15. ? What Other Things Can a Community of Practice Do? C o P Reveal organizational impediments Guide the organization Raise the overall ability of the organization
  16. 16. Now What? ?Possible futures Stuff that needs doing People to serve What types of people are needed
  17. 17. ? How Do We Create a Backlog? Backlog Doing Done Value Stream Don’t make long term plans Reprioritize or recreate the backlog ever 6 months Maybe 3 months Try a Lean Coffee! http://leancoffee.org
  18. 18. Did It Work? ?They stayed after the meeting They stayed until the end They showed up
  19. 19. Lifecycle of a Community of Practice Freshman Sophomore Senior Addressing the needs of the individual who actively seeks out the community Addressing the issues of the organization(s) that it exists within Addressing the issues of the greater community that its domain caters to
  20. 20. Community Growth Pattern Agile Practice Technical ExcellenceProduct Management Scrum Master, Coaches PO, BA, PM, UX QA, Automation, UX, Architecture, XP, Specific Languages: .NET, Java, Cobol, Fortran, Pascal Frameworks: Scrum, Lean, Kanban; Coaching/Mentoring, Facilitation, Training, Tools Locations
  21. 21. Resources Dallas Agile Leadership Network Dallas Agile Community of Practice DFW Scrum
  22. 22. Allison Pollard ! allison.pollard@improvingenterprises.com! @allison_pollard Servant Husband Father Ally Artist Agilist Gamer Scrum Master Ty Crockett tycrockett@tycrockett.com! ty.crockett@improvingenterprises.com! @TTcrockeTT Agile Coach Scrum Master Project Manager Glasses Wearer Theta Tau Fraternity Member

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