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Fantastic beasts and where to improve them - Lean Agile Scotland 2018

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At Redgate we've identified six key principles for great product development teams and unleashed our Fantastic Beasts to help our teams explore them!

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Fantastic beasts and where to improve them - Lean Agile Scotland 2018

  1. 1. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO IMPROVE THEM Chris Smith @cj_smithy Lean Agile Scotland, 3rd October 2018
  2. 2. In this workshop… Some context about Redgate and our quest for more autonomous teams. Find out about our Fantastic Beasts; why they exist, what they represent and how we use them. Explore what the Beasts mean to you and take away the means to unleash them in your habitat.
  3. 3. Introductions
  4. 4. We believe the best way to make software is by engaging teams empowered with freedom to act, clear purpose and a drive to learn
  5. 5. We do our best work in empowered teams
  6. 6. Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose
  7. 7. We had the right conditions
  8. 8. A story about a horse…
  9. 9. SRS Story
  10. 10. Turn the Ship Around!
  11. 11. What we wanted Push authority to the information, not information to the authority More engaged and motivated people Increased personal growth Alignment with our vision for great product development teams
  12. 12. Building Our Dev Team Vision
  13. 13. Sticky principles We needed something: • Memorable and fun • We could use as an internal brand • Encouraged us to think differently Introducing the Fantastic Beasts…
  14. 14. Here comes an interactive bit…
  15. 15. The Forced Analogy Game 1. Get into groups of 5 to 8 2. Grab an index card and a pen. 3. Draw an inanimate object. You have 1 minute. 4. Each group put their cards together and shuffle them 5. Each person take a card. 6. Think about how your team are like that object. Yes, really. You have 1 minute. 7. Go around the table and share. You have 5 minutes.
  16. 16. The Forced Analogy Game
  17. 17. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO IMPROVE THEM
  18. 18. Porpoise We deliberately focus on our purpose Every team member knows why their team exists; their mission and why it’s important. Teams have a plan for their upcoming work. Teams know the benefit they hope their work will deliver and how it contributes to their mission.
  19. 19. Jellyfish We are honest and transparent Everyone is able to see a team’s aims, plans and progress without having to ask. Teams are honest and open about failures and successes; asking for help when they need it, and celebrating achievements.
  20. 20. Chameleon We inspect & adapt Teams ship frequently, deliver value in thin slices and use feedback to guide their solutions. Teams take time and space to think deeply about the important challenges they face. Teams continuously improve, shaping their processes and practices so they work better for them.
  21. 21. Owl We learn about the users of our products Team members engage with our users and strive to learn about them and their world. Team members understand the domain in which their products exists. Teams use this knowledge to make critical decisions and build software that our customers love.
  22. 22. Meerkat We collaborate and listen Team members work together more often than they work apart. Team members engage in open, honest debate and really listen to each other. Teams think about how their work affects others and often go out their way to help.
  23. 23. Koala We deliver sustainable quality Teams balance technical excellence with the drive to deliver valuable work to users. Neither one overwhelms the other. Teams care about the products they create, the code they engineer and the service they provide to their customers.
  24. 24. How we use the Beasts
  25. 25. Here comes an interactive bit…
  26. 26. How does your team score against the Beasts? Groups of 5 to 8 Each person needs a scorecard, two pens (different colours) and a few post-its You are going to score your team against each beast…
  27. 27. Porpoise We deliberately focus on our purpose
  28. 28. Jellyfish We are honest and transparent
  29. 29. Development teams at Redgate enjoy delivering valuable, ingeniously simple solutions with the help of six Fantastic Beasts FANTASTIC BEASTS With the power of the Porpoise we stay focused on our purpose The agile Chameleon reminds us to adapt as we frequently inspect feedback and learn from our situation The transparency of the Jellyfish keeps us open and honest The wise Owl focusses us on learning about our users and their world The collaborative Meerkat encourages us to listen and be mindful of others The proud Koala maintains a healthy balance between delivery and quality
  30. 30. How does your team score against the Beasts? Show your group your card Discuss; what is interesting, what patterns are there, what questions do you have? Choose two animals for the group to spend more time on.
  31. 31. How does your team score against the Beasts? Share why is your score X and not zero? Stay positive. You have 5 minutes. Think about what you could do to make your score one better. Write it on a post-it. Share your “one better” ideas in your group. You have 5 minutes. Push your group mates for concrete actions.
  32. 32. Development teams at Redgate enjoy delivering valuable, ingeniously simple solutions with the help of six Fantastic Beasts FANTASTIC BEASTS With the power of the Porpoise we stay focused on our purpose The agile Chameleon reminds us to adapt as we frequently inspect feedback and learn from our situation The transparency of the Jellyfish keeps us open and honest The wise Owl focusses us on learning about our users and their world The collaborative Meerkat encourages us to listen and be mindful of others The proud Koala maintains a healthy balance between delivery and quality
  33. 33. How does your team score against the Beasts? Share why is your score X and not zero? Stay positive. You have 5 minutes. Think about what you could do to make your score one better. Write it on a post-it. Share your “one better” ideas in your group. You have 5 minutes. Push your group mates for concrete actions.
  34. 34. How we use the Beasts Retrospective session Use scaling technique to assess each beast Discuss recent improvements Brainstorm how team could +1 on score Highlight patterns and themes Decide what to do
  35. 35. Are the Beasts working?
  36. 36. The Lost Beasts
  37. 37. [insert “collaborative” 80’s movie villain here] @cj_smithy
  38. 38. It’s OK, it’s nearly lunch…
  39. 39. In this workshop… Some context about Redgate and our quest for more autonomous teams. Find out about our Fantastic Beasts; why they exist, what they represent and how we use them. Explore what the Beasts mean to you and take away the means to unleash them in your habitat.
  40. 40. Development teams at Redgate enjoy delivering valuable, ingeniously simple solutions with the help of six Fantastic Beasts FANTASTIC BEASTS With the power of the Porpoise we stay focused on our purpose The agile Chameleon reminds us to adapt as we frequently inspect feedback and learn from our situation The transparency of the Jellyfish keeps us open and honest The wise Owl focusses us on learning about our users and their world The collaborative Meerkat encourages us to listen and be mindful of others The proud Koala maintains a healthy balance between delivery and quality
  41. 41. References Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Dan Pink Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers Dave Gray, Sunni Brown, James Macanufo Turn the Ship Around! L. David Marquet www.ingeniouslysimple.com
  42. 42. THANK YOU! Chris Smith chris.smith@red-gate.com @cj_smithy

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