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The Hard life of Agile
Coach
–
Project in a ruin
Goals
Agenda
• Who is an Agile Coach?
• Problems
• SOLUTION
Who is an Agile Coach?
• Problem solver
• Levels up
• Accomplishes high level quests
• Is useful
Quest
Great success!
• April 15th - season starts
• Mobile & Web
• Delighted customer
Disaster
• Web part - Complete rubbish
• No business value
• Customer in a depression
Political map
• Stakeholders
• My employer – mobile part
• Subcontractor – web part:
• Management
• Team
• Serbia – new we...
Analysis
• What is the problem ?
• Root causes
• What is success ?
• All points of view
1. Team
• Subjectivization
• Micro management
• Motivation == „Work harder!”
• Work beyond strength – 2 months
2. Customer
Loses:
•Money
•Chances
•Reputation
Risk:
•Project cancelation
3. Product (Ownership)
• Zero business value
• Poor quality
• No priorities
• Very High WIP
• Contract negotiation over cu...
Transparency
4. Where are we ?
• No Product Backlog
• JIRA – Complete mess
Waterfall:
• "The project is 85% completed "
• No working so...
4. Where will we be ?
• No forecasts
• Unknown regression
• Commitment based on what?
5. Inspect & Adapt
• „We have no time for this”
• Problems sweeped under the carpet
• Blamestorming
• No feedback from cus...
SOLUTION
• PM - out
• Team stays
• GOAL: BETA for friendly users
Risks
• Customer cancens cooperation
• The team hates us
• Gigantic regression
Strategy
• Customer engaged
• Customer feels secure
• Quickly delivered value
• Ispect & Adapt
Absolute honesty
• "I say how it is"
• "I don’t know how it is"
• The pressure of the board
Process
• No iterations
• Daily, Retro
• Full transparency
• Demo each two days
Process
• Measure of success ?
Working Software
Team
• "Are you tired?"
Product Backlog
• All knowledge we have
Low hanging fruits:
• Business values / Effort
Empower the team
• Clear goal
• Let's create a process 
• What is missing ?
• Self-organization
• Estymation != Commitment
Calm the board
• Sense of security !
• Plan
• What are your doubts ?
• Quick win
DEMO
• „First time in a year we see results!"
Together
• Let's join the teams
• One goal for everybody
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin
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The Hard life of Agile Coach Project in a ruin

  1. 1. The Hard life of Agile Coach – Project in a ruin
  2. 2. Goals
  3. 3. Agenda • Who is an Agile Coach? • Problems • SOLUTION
  4. 4. Who is an Agile Coach? • Problem solver • Levels up • Accomplishes high level quests • Is useful
  5. 5. Quest
  6. 6. Great success! • April 15th - season starts • Mobile & Web • Delighted customer
  7. 7. Disaster • Web part - Complete rubbish • No business value • Customer in a depression
  8. 8. Political map • Stakeholders • My employer – mobile part • Subcontractor – web part: • Management • Team • Serbia – new web team
  9. 9. Analysis • What is the problem ? • Root causes • What is success ? • All points of view
  10. 10. 1. Team • Subjectivization • Micro management • Motivation == „Work harder!” • Work beyond strength – 2 months
  11. 11. 2. Customer Loses: •Money •Chances •Reputation Risk: •Project cancelation
  12. 12. 3. Product (Ownership) • Zero business value • Poor quality • No priorities • Very High WIP • Contract negotiation over customer collaboration
  13. 13. Transparency
  14. 14. 4. Where are we ? • No Product Backlog • JIRA – Complete mess Waterfall: • "The project is 85% completed " • No working software
  15. 15. 4. Where will we be ? • No forecasts • Unknown regression • Commitment based on what?
  16. 16. 5. Inspect & Adapt • „We have no time for this” • Problems sweeped under the carpet • Blamestorming • No feedback from customers
  17. 17. SOLUTION • PM - out • Team stays • GOAL: BETA for friendly users
  18. 18. Risks • Customer cancens cooperation • The team hates us • Gigantic regression
  19. 19. Strategy • Customer engaged • Customer feels secure • Quickly delivered value • Ispect & Adapt
  20. 20. Absolute honesty • "I say how it is" • "I don’t know how it is" • The pressure of the board
  21. 21. Process • No iterations • Daily, Retro • Full transparency • Demo each two days
  22. 22. Process • Measure of success ? Working Software
  23. 23. Team • "Are you tired?"
  24. 24. Product Backlog • All knowledge we have Low hanging fruits: • Business values / Effort
  25. 25. Empower the team • Clear goal • Let's create a process  • What is missing ? • Self-organization • Estymation != Commitment
  26. 26. Calm the board • Sense of security ! • Plan • What are your doubts ? • Quick win
  27. 27. DEMO • „First time in a year we see results!"
  28. 28. Together • Let's join the teams • One goal for everybody

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