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How to supercharge your
agile teams
James Cannings, Co-founder
A fairy gives you
one wish…
  Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  Working software over comprehensive documentation
  Customer col...
Scrum
The Benefits of Agile
The Benefits of Agile
The Tennis Ball versus the
Marshmallow challenge
The Tennis Ball Challenge
The Rules
Each ball must end with the team member with whom it began
Everyone must touch the ball
Each ball must have “air...
That was fun but we learnt nothing!
The Rules
Build the tallest freestanding structure (i.e. you can’t hold it up!)
You will be measured from the table top to...
What does this game tell us?
Tips for supercharging your
agile project team
Moving beyond the mechanics
Certified Team Members
Learn and Blend Agile Techniques
Have a fun kick-off day
Have a team name
Have fun! Build your team
Discipline, Discipline, Discipline
Have a strong PO
Test Driven Development
Solutions to agile leadership
and management challenges
What are your main challenges?
Groups of 2 or 3
Write your own top 3 (ish) challenges of a post-it
Try to come up with sol...
Levels of governance
required for Agile projects
Daily	
  	
  
plan	
  
Sprint	
  
goal	
  
Product	
  
roadmap	
  
Product	
  strategy	
  
Service	
  strategy	
  
Vision	...
Daily	
  	
  
plan	
  
Sprint	
  
goal	
  
Product	
  
roadmap	
  
Product	
  strategy	
  
Service	
  strategy	
  
Vision	...
A startup is a human institution
designed to create a product or service
under conditions of extreme
uncertainty.
– Eric R...
There is surely nothing quite so
useless as doing with great
efficiency what should not be
done at all.
– Peter Drucker
“
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The Lean Startup in Government
Build > Measure > Learn
PRINCE2 Agile
PRINCE2 (Themes) -> Agile
Business Case
Organisation
Quality
Plans
Risk
Change
Progress
Agile Business Case
Agile Roles & ...
Scrum / Kanban / XP
The Lean Spectrum
What are your main challenges
Groups of 2 or 3
Write your own top 3 (ish) challenges of a post-it
Try to come up with solu...
Empower and train your agile project teams
Ensure senior management understands the benefits and helps to create
the right...
The Agile Cheat Sheet
Thanks for coming
Any Questions?
http://mmtdigital.co.uk
@MMT_Digital
@JC_CTO
James.c@mmtdigital.co.uk
How to be the Dale Earnhardt Jr. of Agile By: James Cannings (UK), MMT Digital
How to be the Dale Earnhardt Jr. of Agile By: James Cannings (UK), MMT Digital
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How to be the Dale Earnhardt Jr. of Agile By: James Cannings (UK), MMT Digital

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In NASCAR, all of the cars are lightning quick, but a small number are much quicker than the rest of the pack. It is the same with Agile projects. We are all aware that when Agile is applied successfully to a project the speed of delivery can be rapid, but wouldn’t it be great if you could go even quicker!

I will tell you how you can become the Agile equivalent of the quickest NASCAR drivers who leave their peers trailing in their dust. By using simple fine tuning techniques and having excellent leadership, you can take your already successful Agile practices to an even higher standard.

Never again shall your projects skid off course or suffer from technical failures. You will leave this workshop fully confident that you are in pole position to achieve unprecedented delivery speeds.

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How to be the Dale Earnhardt Jr. of Agile By: James Cannings (UK), MMT Digital

  1. 1. How to supercharge your agile teams James Cannings, Co-founder
  2. 2. A fairy gives you one wish…
  3. 3.   Individuals and interactions over processes and tools   Working software over comprehensive documentation   Customer collaboration over contract negotiation   Responding to change over following a plan The Agile Manifesto
  4. 4. Scrum
  5. 5. The Benefits of Agile
  6. 6. The Benefits of Agile
  7. 7. The Tennis Ball versus the Marshmallow challenge
  8. 8. The Tennis Ball Challenge
  9. 9. The Rules Each ball must end with the team member with whom it began Everyone must touch the ball Each ball must have “air time” Balls cannot be passed to neighbouring team members Dropped balls can be left or must return to the start The entire process is time-boxed at two minutes and repeated 4 times There will be a 1 minute pause between rounds to discuss improvements.
  10. 10. That was fun but we learnt nothing!
  11. 11. The Rules Build the tallest freestanding structure (i.e. you can’t hold it up!) You will be measured from the table top to the top of the marshmallow The entire marshmallow must be on top Use as much or as little of the kit Break up the spaghetti, string or tape You have 18 minutes
  12. 12. What does this game tell us?
  13. 13. Tips for supercharging your agile project team
  14. 14. Moving beyond the mechanics
  15. 15. Certified Team Members
  16. 16. Learn and Blend Agile Techniques
  17. 17. Have a fun kick-off day
  18. 18. Have a team name
  19. 19. Have fun! Build your team
  20. 20. Discipline, Discipline, Discipline
  21. 21. Have a strong PO
  22. 22. Test Driven Development
  23. 23. Solutions to agile leadership and management challenges
  24. 24. What are your main challenges? Groups of 2 or 3 Write your own top 3 (ish) challenges of a post-it Try to come up with solutions to each others’ challenges. Vote on the most critical challenges Present the top 3 (ish) solutions to the groups
  25. 25. Levels of governance required for Agile projects
  26. 26. Daily     plan   Sprint   goal   Product   roadmap   Product  strategy   Service  strategy   Vision  for  ini8a8ve   Product  vision,     plan  for  1-­‐5  years   Release  plan,   plan  for  1-­‐12  months   Leadership   work   Agile leadership
  27. 27. Daily     plan   Sprint   goal   Product   roadmap   Product  strategy   Service  strategy   Vision  for  ini8a8ve   Product  vision,     plan  for  1-­‐5  years   Release  plan,   plan  for  1-­‐12  months   Managing   Agile management
  28. 28. A startup is a human institution designed to create a product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty. – Eric Ries “ ”
  29. 29. There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all. – Peter Drucker “ ”
  30. 30. The Lean Startup in Government
  31. 31. Build > Measure > Learn
  32. 32. PRINCE2 Agile
  33. 33. PRINCE2 (Themes) -> Agile Business Case Organisation Quality Plans Risk Change Progress Agile Business Case Agile Roles & Responsibilities TDD, DoR, DoD, BDD, etc Story points, release plans, etc Scrums, Demos, Burndowns, Spikes Managing change in agile Burn charts, etc
  34. 34. Scrum / Kanban / XP The Lean Spectrum
  35. 35. What are your main challenges Groups of 2 or 3 Write your own top 3 (ish) challenges of a post-it Try to come up with solutions to each others’ challenges. Vote on the most critical challenges Present the top 3 (ish) solutions to the groups
  36. 36. Empower and train your agile project teams Ensure senior management understands the benefits and helps to create the right culture. Blend agile techniques to suit your project needs. Consider Lean Startup, PRINCE2 Agile, SAFe and Scrum of Scrums in order to apply scale and governance without damaging the agile principles. Have fun and remember the skateboard. Summary
  37. 37. The Agile Cheat Sheet
  38. 38. Thanks for coming Any Questions? http://mmtdigital.co.uk @MMT_Digital @JC_CTO James.c@mmtdigital.co.uk

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