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Retrospective talk at USMessan 2019

Posted by on Feb 8, 2019

In this talk, titled “Retrospective – create happy, engaged & productive teams”, I go through the importance of the retrospective meetings and what makes a great retro.

The majority of the talk is based around a story of how the retro meetings changed in a team called HoneyBadgers and the effect these meetings had on the teams culture.

We had the fun part covered and from there we could build up a great team…I think this talk is a must watch. It helps knowing how I see the retrospectives if your working with me but more importantly I think this is something that is often missing when your building up teams…and not just for the facilitator, but for all the team members to truly understand the reason for theses meetings.

I’ve spoken twice before about things from the HoneyBaders team. The first was about Release Thinking and the importance of thinking of the end place for all work. The second was on Estimation and how to “estimate less” by focusing less on the size/effort of a ticket and rather the throughput of the team. This concludes the trilogy/eulogy to the HoneyBadgers.

Check out the youtube recording.

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Teaching Agile (“third iteration”)

Posted by on Feb 1, 2019

This time around we finally got the students wishes through and the previous course where I had ~3 days had now been expanded to 7 days.

So the Scrum talk I did back in 2014 lead to the 3 day teaching in 2017 and 2018 where the wishes for more time were really getting load and in 2018 the courses were changed and Agile & Lean replaced the Agile Project Management course.

I loved getting more time to get through the material and putting more focus on games, teamwork & freedom.

This time around I didn’t get Ingjaldsstofa (room HT-101) and I missed it :'( it was much more cosy than the big space we got this time. It was a bit cold and for the last two times we had to move to other older rooms that I liked more since they were smaller and somewhat more intimate.

On the retro (see image at top) we got a lot of great points that I’ll take into the next iteration of this course:

  • More focus on the games (and more game)
  • Utilize more tools (i.e. zoom.us for a remote session, kahoot.it for follow up (rather than quizes), online chat tool like slack?)
  • Too much time went into the personal assignment…I’ll change that

Then students were really pleased at the retro and then when the results from the schools survey were in we can clearly see that they were pleased there too with the course giving it 8.75 that was well above the average.

The I looked a little deeper into the numbers and the scores were always above average except for the workload where the course was way below.

I don’t know if that is a really bad thing…but I do want to make a lot of improvements on the assignments so hopefully I can get that part up…but I’m not sure if I do want to exceed the average there 😉

Thankful as always, it’s a lot of fun to share and meet curious minds willing to learn =)

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Trello seminar

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019

Trello seminar

I got an invite to teach Trello at Endurmenntun following that one of my students from Agile Project Management knew of my fondness of the tool through that class. So when they needed someone to teach Trello I was the first one that she thought of…and I’m always up for sharing good things.

The setup was for both beginners and more advanced and I’ve run that format for two time now and decided to split it up since the difference in usage is so great that I can’t satisfy everyone.+

So I’m going to break the course up into two parts, starting with trying out a basic course “Trello – First steps” in March 2019 and we’ll see how that goes…

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