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It All Starts With An idea: Kicking Off Initiatives For Success

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Talk delivered by Craig Smith at Agile Australia 2015 in Sydney on 17 June 2015.

Ideas can come from many different places, but how do we best turn these ideas into initiatives and ensure we are working on the right things at the right time? We tend to throw the idea around, discuss it with our team and management, and undertake a lot of analysis to decide if it’s worth spending time and money on. Unfortunately this approach means we have already spent a bunch of time and money, often without realising it!

A number of the early Agile approaches described a lifecycle for kicking off projects, but many of the newer and more popular approaches start with a backlog or an assumption that you are already building something. Go back to basics and look at different approaches for kicking off initiatives and the tools and techniques that make up what is often called the discovery, ideation or concept phase. If your team or organisation has too much work in progress or your pipeline is unclear, then learn (or re-learn) approaches to kicking off the right initiatives so you can ensure you are building the right thing!

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It All Starts With An idea: Kicking Off Initiatives For Success

  1. 1. It All Starts With An Idea… Kicking Off Initiatives for Success Craig Smith
  2. 2. Welcome Image: https://sec.ch9.ms/ch9/8b92/13205610-bdd5-478e-88ef-15d6b73f8b92/KeynoteDeanLeffingwell_Custom.jpg
  3. 3. The Basics Image: http://images-2.drive.com.au/2012/03/19/3144600/help_729-420x0.jpg
  4. 4. Why? Image: © Gracie Films / 20th Century Fox Television http://www.wired.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/the-homer-inline2.jpg
  5. 5. Approaches
  6. 6. Approaches
  7. 7. Approaches
  8. 8. Approaches
  9. 9. Approaches
  10. 10. Approaches
  11. 11. Approaches
  12. 12. Approaches
  13. 13. Approaches
  14. 14. Approaches
  15. 15. Approaches
  16. 16. Approaches
  17. 17. Approaches
  18. 18. Need to go FASTER Image: http://www.businessdestiny.in/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/CanadianGP-19.jpg
  19. 19. Image: http://putdowntheurinalcake.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/fast-and-slow-2.jpg Dilemma
  20. 20. Avoid the Water (Scrum Fall) Image: https://sinnema313.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/scrumfall.jpg
  21. 21. Diving In Image: http://www.yourdevotions.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bellyflop.jpg
  22. 22. It all starts with an #idea…
  23. 23. Where Do Ideas Come From? Image: http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5518/9141473102_ac5b6be10a_c.jpg
  24. 24. Continuously Gather Ideas! Image: http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130726103105/creepypasta/images/2/2a/Suggestion-box.jpg
  25. 25. Record Ideas (Simply)
  26. 26. Need a sponsor to help push your idea Image: © Scott Adams http://i.ytimg.com/vi/pnUowjCFoaU/maxresdefault.jpg
  27. 27. Visualise (Simply)
  28. 28. Problem (#opportunity) Image: https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/p/1/005/094/20c/37ebb9e.jpg
  29. 29. Let’s Start…
  30. 30. Facilitiate Image: http://haveyouheard.it/wp-content/uploads/inflatable-arm-man-orchestra-conductor.jpg
  31. 31. Discuss Image: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CDS9FhGWIAEYZ9z.jpg
  32. 32. Pitch
  33. 33. Pitch
  34. 34. Pitch
  35. 35. Pitch
  36. 36. Conversation Image: © Weiner Bros. / AMC Studios https://i0.wp.com/images.amcnetworks.com/amc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/mad-men-episode-613-don-hamm-870x490.jpg
  37. 37. As Is / To Be Map
  38. 38. Start Here Image: https://www.shoptab.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/start-2.jpg
  39. 39. Features & Scope
  40. 40. Risks & Issues
  41. 41. Image: © Warner Bros. Pictures http://image-cdn.zap2it.com/images/the-lego-movie-outtakes-video.jpg Success (#everythingisawesome)
  42. 42. Stakeholders
  43. 43. Stakeholders
  44. 44. Stakeholders
  45. 45. Success Tradeoffs
  46. 46. Understand happiness Image: https://synestheticsymphony.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/jobs-happy1.jpg
  47. 47. Quality Image: http://www.cse.dcu.ie/essiscope/sm2/9126ref1.gif
  48. 48. Impact Mapping
  49. 49. Image: https://exploratownium.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/dt-copy.jpg Design Thinking
  50. 50. Viability (#noestimates) Image: © Sony Pictures Television http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9rmxh2Bko1qzq4tqo1_1280.jpg
  51. 51. Finger In The Air (like you just enough care…) Image: © Universal Pictures http://i.stack.imgur.com/8sNfT.jpg
  52. 52. Super Simple Estimation Image: http://www.gs1-us.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/diagram_blue_shirt.png
  53. 53. Super Simple Estimation Image: http://www.gs1-us.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/diagram_blue_shirt.png SOLD OUT! SOLD OUT!
  54. 54. As for poker… Image: © Warner Bros. http://beta.l2am.com/imdb/stills/tt01104782.jpg
  55. 55. “You never count your money when you’re sitting at the table, there’ll be time enough for counting when the dealings done” -- Kenny Rogers gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/3ecac962c4ba730a75de2a0ff9bab1002d6aaccc/c=0-240-1869-1644&r=x404&c=534x401/local/-/media/USATODAY/USATODAY/2013/11/01/1383350444000-Kenny-Rogers.jpg
  56. 56. Experiment! Image: © Jim Henson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekBJgsfKnlw
  57. 57. Benefits = Value
  58. 58. Should We Do This? Image: http://www.beyondtransformations.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/cost-vs-benefits-graph.jpg
  59. 59. Visibility (#portfolio #usefuldoco) Image: © 20th Century Fox https://fogsmoviereviews.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/office_space_milton.png
  60. 60. Business Case
  61. 61. Push To Discovery
  62. 62. Pull Into Delivery
  63. 63. Showcase & Retrospective Image: https://hakanforss.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/slide4.png
  64. 64. “Know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away know when to run…” -- Kenny Rogers gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/3ecac962c4ba730a75de2a0ff9bab1002d6aaccc/c=0-240-1869-1644&r=x404&c=534x401/local/-/media/USATODAY/USATODAY/2013/11/01/1383350444000-Kenny-Rogers.jpg
  65. 65. Next Steps (#whereto fromhere) Image: http://media.mercola.com/ImageServer/Public/2014/March/walking-fb.jpg
  66. 66. Start Experimenting Image: © Warner Bros. Television http://img5q.duitang.com/uploads/item/201502/02/20150202182421_aM5iH.thumb.700_0.jpeg
  67. 67. …or start discovery Image: © Walt Disney Pictures https://dettoldisney.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/pocahontas-disneyscreencaps-com-153.jpg
  68. 68. As / when required…
  69. 69. Everything adds value
  70. 70. But we do projects at scale… Image: http://www.cashpassport.com/1/Global/UK%20Corporate/Skyscraper1000.jpg
  71. 71. But my team does small or on-demand work… Image: http://blog.sarcasmsociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/mms.gif
  72. 72. But my team does BAU… Image: http://www.curdhome.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/P1020616-brooms-and-shovels.jpg
  73. 73. #Wrap Up Image: http://media.bizj.us/view/img/2832171/productivity-lightbulb-idea*1200xx5616-3159-0-293.jpg
  74. 74. • Start with an Idea – simple capture; visualise • Understand the problem - discuss; map; scope; RAIDs • Define Success – stakeholders; tradeoffs; quality; impacts • Viability – size; benefits / value • Visibility – simple capture; showcase; retrospective • Get started – experimentation or discovery Recall
  75. 75. Welcome ideas, give them light
  76. 76. Keep it simple
  77. 77. No gold medals Image: http://resources3.news.com.au/images/2012/08/05/1226443/109723-women-039-s-medley-relay.jpg
  78. 78. Responding to change over following a plan Go back to basics
  79. 79. Turn ideas into success Image: https://fischerlighting.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/light_dude.jpg
  80. 80. Image: © Fuzzy Door Productions / 20th Century Fox Television Deliver awesome!
  81. 81. Questions? Craig Smith http://www.craigsmith.id.au craig@craigsmith.id.au @smithcdau

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