Why feature teams are not enough!


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Your developers tell you: “My job is done!”, but nothing works. Or every component works great and passes all the tests, but they don’t integrate with each together at all. Does this sound familiar to you? Have you ever heard your teams say that they are waiting on other people? Have they ever failed to deliver because of this?

We would like to talk about how we used to have feature teams that were unable to deliver features. After realizing that having feature teams alone was not enough we started forming feature squads. And this helped improve communication and productivity a lot, they actually started to deliver valuable features!

In our presentation we will show you when having feature teams is not enough anymore. We will show you how we improved the concept of feature teams by introducing feature squads, and what results we achieved by doing this. We will also explain what feature squads are, how we created them and what problems we experienced while doing this.

Join us to learn from our failures but also our successes! Learn how you may increase the throughput of your team and achieve more with the same people.

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  • Why feature teams are not enough!

    1. 1. Why feature teams are not enough Super SoftThe Story of Herman – an agile coach
    2. 2. I’m done but nothing works?http://theabcsofgod.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/puzzle.jpg
    3. 3. In the beginning…http://www.scross.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/big-bang1.jpg
    4. 4. Silos and how motion is badhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/docsearls/5500714140/lightbox/
    5. 5. Why Herman needed feature teamshttp://thepauls.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/pass_the_baton.jpg
    6. 6. Product Management Development Test and QALocalization/Documentation GUI Feature team creation and roles
    7. 7. Winds of Change “It is not necessary to change, survival is not mandatory.” - W. Edwards Deminghttp://www.cpsu.org.au/multiattachments/18769/Image/change-management1.jpg
    8. 8. So what now? Where to go to?http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/48249
    9. 9. Why feature teams were no longer enoughhttp://www.goodfuneralguide.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/green-puzzle.jpg
    10. 10. Squadshttp://www.hejorama.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/A-team.jpg
    11. 11. Silos againhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/docsearls/5500714140/lightbox/
    12. 12. Why Squadshttp://galerie.designnation.de/bild/37433
    13. 13. What is a squad? Product Management Feature SQUAD GUI Feature SQUAD Feature Test and QA FeatureSQUAD A SQUAD B Development Localization/Documentation
    14. 14. Herman’s challenges with squadshttp://worldtranslation.org/uploads/Image/News/Sport/climbing.jpg
    15. 15. Herman’s conclusion “Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival.” - W. Edwards Deminghttp://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9v34e833GAI/TwvEJBG5IZI/AAAAAAAAAIA/J8xIBUb6HQo/s1600/Zen_stones_Early_Evening_by_HollowIchigoBanki.jpg
    16. 16. Thank you for your attention!http://westlothiankarateassociation.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/bigstock_karate_boy_bowing_149219.jpg
    17. 17. Contact InformationSven Schnee Agile Project Manager Twitter: @MrSnow76 LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sven-schnee/27/932/5a5Luis-Miguel Goncalves Agile Project Manager Twitter: @lgoncalves1979 LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/luismsgDaniel Catalina Technical Project Manager Twitter: @_dancat LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/daniel-catalina/1/545/552