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Improve together

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This slide deck accompanies a workshop I ran at Agile India in March 2017. The majority of the audience were scrummasters, agile coaches, team managers etc.

It leans on the Heart of Agile meme.

The workshop focused on two activities;
1. thinking about better than best practices so that we can escape the tyranny of other people's patterns.
2. Getting people to reflect on the experience of telling/being told versus collaborating on a problem.

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Improve together

  1. 1. Improve Together
  2. 2. Featured Project: Sydney Opera House, Australia Connecting people to build the world
  3. 3. Connecting people to build the world Project name: Marina Bay Sands | Hospitality & Community Singapore Project name: Panama Canal Expansion Project | Aviation & Port US$3.2 billion | Panama
  4. 4. Improve Together
  5. 5. What is the Heart of Agile?
  6. 6. How does your team improve? What are the limits to what you can do? Have you set your sights high enough? We are in this together in everything. We need to improve as a team, as well as deliver work products together. Furthermore, best practices lead to dead ends and bad practices. Don’t seek a standard pattern that will drag your team and work towards mediocre. Seek to do better than what you do today. Never stop seeking. Think mindfully about your situation and work to improve from there. A key thing about this talk is that I won't be telling you how to do your job better. I'll be helping you do that yourself more effectively.
  7. 7. Improve Together
  8. 8. Better Best
  9. 9. Improve Together
  10. 10. Improve Together
  11. 11. You don’t improve people/teams
  12. 12. people/teams Improve themselves
  13. 13. Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must. - Thucydides
  14. 14. one small step
  15. 15. Inquire Pitch
  16. 16. Inquire Pitch
  17. 17. Inquire Pitch
  18. 18. Hi, I’m Craig Brown You can follow me on Twitter as @brown_note Or at my blog BetterProjects.net
  19. 19. Thinking about thinking
  20. 20. Featured Project: Marina Bay Sands Casino Resort, Singapore Connecting people to build the world aconex.com/careers Come work with us. We are awesome  Craig Brown, Agile India 2017
  21. 21. Activity 1 1. Write 2-3 good agile practices on a card. 2. Pick one, describe why it is good. 3. Flip the card. 4. Come up with a better idea than the first. Activity 2 Pitch you idea to your neighbour. Make them understand how good it is, how and why they should adopt it. Activity 3 1. Ask your other neighbour what their idea. See if/how you could use it. 2. Explore what problem you are addressing and what else you could do to address it. 2+3+3=8 5+5=10 15 3 minutes of sharing examples Questions: • How did each interaction feel? • How well did you listen in each instance? • Which ideas do you remember best? • Why? • What can we learn from this activity? Workshopnotes

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