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How to spark engagement and participation in a SAFe Scaled Agile Implementation using Online Games such as Kahoot/Socrative

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People keep saying SAFe is a very prescriptive methodology with zero room for engagement and participation. In this session we will uncover the many opportunities for participation/games in a Scaled Agile implementation. We will also share Kahoot - a useful game platform I've been using in recent years to quickly drive participation with large groups.

Kahoot is an awesome online Quiz/Discussion/Survey tool that is free and easy to both setup and use. We will use Kahoot to learn and experience a couple of the key activities in a Scaled Agile implementation - Planning an implementation, Generating Buy-in, Prioritizing Features, Estimating Features, Gauging confidence for plans, Managing risks, Retrospecting a session and more.

Using the SAFe/Scaled Agile context we will experience both a couple of ready games as well as the full cycle of game thinking/design from identifying need/purpose all the way thru creating an outline, the questions, and running and debriefing so you can use it on your own.

Along the way you will also learn and experience some aspects of SAFe(tm) - The Scaled Agile Framework.

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How to spark engagement and participation in a SAFe Scaled Agile Implementation using Online Games such as Kahoot/Socrative

  1. 1. yuval@ .com #AgileGames2016 How to spark engagement and participation in a SAFe Scaled Agile Implementation using Online Games Yuval Yeret
  2. 2. yuval@ .com #AgileGames2016 About Me • Help people spark Real business agility at scale. • Allergic to Agile Theater (And Dust, and probably Dog/Cat hair) • Senior enterprise agility coach at AgileSparks, an international lean agile consulting company with offices in Boston, Israel, India. • Blogging at yuvalyeret.com. • Living in Newton, MA – heading business development and agile consulting engagements for AgileSparks in the US. • Email me questions/feedback/suggestions at yuval@agilesparks.com or 857-218-9585. • Slides will be available at https://www.linkedin.com/in/yuvalyeret. 2
  3. 3. yuval@ .com #AgileGames2016 • Get to know you guys & your SAFe background & experience Kahoot • Short introduction to SAFe / Scaled Agile Framework foundations. • Why Engagement is important on a SAFe/Scaled Agile implementation. • Highlight a couple of the key interaction/participation points in SAFe implementations. • What is Kahoot, Why/How we use it in the context of implementation • Show some uses of kahoot as a Lean/Agile Coach/Change Agent/Servant Leader (probably driven as a kahoot quiz as well, we shall see) on a Scaled Agile implementation. • workshop to design your own kahoot • Retrospective • Q&A / Open Discussion The Game Plan
  4. 4. yuval@ .com #AgileGames2016 • https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/4697ea3e-e141-4689-a17f- ee7ad9da0c10 Prologue
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  6. 6. 6© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved.V4.0.0© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Foundations of the Scaled Agile Framework® 4.0 Values, Principles, Practices, Implementation http://scaledagileframework.com/videos-and-presentations/
  7. 7. 7© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. SAFe for midsize solutions Expand one level
  8. 8. 8© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. SAFe for large solutions Collapse one level
  9. 9. 9© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Build value with Agile Release Trains  Apply cadence and synchronization  Communicate with Vision and Roadmap  Manage the flow of work  Apply objective Milestones to measure progress
  10. 10. 10© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Synchronize with PI Planning  Requirements and design emerge  Important stakeholder decisions are accelerated  Teams create—and take responsibilty—for plans  All stakeholders face-to-face, (but typically multiple locations)  Management sets the mission, with minimum possible constraints Future product development tasks can’t be pre-determined. Distribute planning and control to those who can understand and react to the end results. — Michael Kennedy, Product Development for the Lean Enterprise
  11. 11. 11© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  12. 12. 12© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 12 Lead the implementation
  13. 13. 13© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Leadership Foundation People are already doing their best; the problems are with the system. Only management can change the system. —W. Edwards Deming ‣ Lead the change ‣ Know the way; emphasize life-long learning ‣ Develop people ‣ Inspire and align with mission; minimize constraints ‣ Decentralize decision-making ‣ Unlock the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers Respectfor peopleandculture Flow Innovation Relentless improvement VALUE LEADERSHIP
  14. 14. 14© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Implementing SAFe 1,2,3
  15. 15. 15© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved.V4.0.0© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  16. 16. 16© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Let’s return to our Kahoot! Is Engagement important on a Scaled Agile Implementation?
  17. 17. 17© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Sustainable Pace – Not just for engineers… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGfplQ1FUFs
  18. 18. yuval@ .com #AgileGames2016 Guided Tour vs Self Guide
  19. 19. yuval@ .com #AgileGames2016 Freedom on the Freedom Trail
  20. 20. yuval@ .com #AgileGames2016 Organizations ARE Snowflakes
  21. 21. yuval@ .com #AgileGames2016 Sometimes a walk with an expert IS much better …
  22. 22. yuval@ .com #AgileGames2016 Some examples of how we use Kahoots on our engagements
  23. 23. yuval@ .com #AgileGames2016 Implementing SAFe 1,2,3
  24. 24. 24© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 12. Engagement in the SAFe Quick Start When you find a Value Stream, go all in and all at once for each Train. The one-week launch is a proven adoption model. SAFe Scrum Master Orientation SAFe Product Owner Orientation Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Tooltraining Go. SAFe. Now. Training: SAFe for Teams Prepare PI Planning
  25. 25. yuval@ .com #AgileGames2016 Safer Confidence Vote?
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  27. 27. yuval@ .com #AgileGames2016 Game Design Workshop • Choose a context for Kahoot on a Scaled Agile Implementation (either one of the highlighted contexts or your own) • design high level game approach • create a couple of questions • Move this into Kahoot/Socrative • play? • Share!
  28. 28. yuval@ .com #AgileGames2016 Let’s collect some game ideas Game/Feature Benefit WSJF 1 (example) Prologue – Introduction Get to know you guys & your SAFe background & experience Kahoot 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 • Feature – A brief 1 to 3 word title summarizing the feature • Benefit – A short description that elaborates the feature and describes the value to the user. There may be multiple benefits. • WSJF – The calculated Weighted Shortest Job First.
  29. 29. yuval@ .com #AgileGames2016 • Describe how the game would work like at a high level. • Acceptance Critera - What would be the results of running it – what decisions/learning would we have • In our Example: – Audience Played kahoot get understand the potential – Mapped SAFe+Kahoot background and can adjust workshop accordingly – Started strong with a game rather than powerpoint – survived post-lunch-snooze? • Note – these are all ASSUMPTIONS regarding the game. You’ll need to validate them! Design high level game approach
  30. 30. yuval@ .com #AgileGames2016 Option4Option3Option2Option1Question Create Questions
  31. 31. yuval@ .com #AgileGames2016 • First, let’s choose one of your examples and I’ll show you how to do it. • If you have a laptop you can go to http://create.kahoot.it , get a user, and create your quiz there, as we go along. • Another option is http://socrative.com/ Move this online
  32. 32. yuval@ .com #AgileGames2016 • Tweet it to #AgileGames2016 • Or just send a link to my email – Yuval@AgileSparks.com (promise no spam or anything) Want us to play your game? #AgileGames2016
  33. 33. yuval@ .com #AgileGames2016 • https://b.socrative.com/login/student/ Let’s play a Retrospective Game!
  34. 34. yuval@ .com #AgileGames2016 Feedback/ Questions/ Suggestions/ Followup… Yuval@AgileSparks.com T: 857-218-9585

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