For 3 Monday mornings in February I was a teaching at the University of Iceland where the focus was on Agile in managing projects (Verkefnastjórnun II (2017)).
The slides were online and created with slides.com and linked to various older slides and material I already had. I also just added the material before each class but the upfront plan was:
Day 1 – Agile, Kanban & Scrum…and teams
Day 2 – Product Owner, requirements and release thinking
Day 3 – Improvements, retrospectives and the future
I think it went well, I really liked a lot of the feedback (points from the retro are below). But there were two times that I really remembered:
Here is a picture I took when the classroom was completely empty with the exception of the teacher who will be leading this course next year. There was a work assignment going on that ended with everyone going outside the room…I really liked the fact that I was teaching and all the students had just left the room =)
One of the activities I did was draw faces where you draw numerous smily faces. When they were drawing and I was looking over it was so fun to see how many were smiling at their papers…down at their smily faces…I didn’t feel like taking individual photos of people but really enjoyed seeing the smiles facing their drawings.
At the last day we did a retrospective on how they felt about these three days. I did the Learning Matrix which is my go to retro activity. There were some great feedback that I got…and I must admit that it was a bit strange to have a retro as a facilitator and getting so much feedback directed straight to me…but they were all good remarks, thx everyone =)
Still a few points I want to keep here for the future:
More workouts that are based on real examples
Easier access to slides
Connect the material beyond software delvelopment
Glossary of terms for those who are not into the lingo
Connect with the other parts of the course
I had fun and from all the other good comments I think they liked it…I guess the remark “More teachers should be like this” is something that tells me that I was doing something right 😉
The Environment Agency of Iceland [is. Umhverfisstofnun] asked me to come and give a talk about Kanban and even connect that with Trello. I do like Kanban…and I do like Trello so this was really fun to set up.
I focused on what I like most from Kanban and was also able to touch a bit on Scrum after a question about the methods differences. I felt that was really good and wished that I planned to talk about that =) I sacrificed some things like the games but I tried my best to explain them. I also wanted to end the session with a short Retrospective but only ended up with explaining it and leaving people with the desire to follow up on that =)
The Trello board is also online that I tried to keep up with as we went to through each part…but I wasn’t able to write down all questions so they are just for the attendees.
Quite a good turnout and people were generally very pleased. Afterwards I had a few minutes to talk and check out one of their boards…wish I had more time with the enthusiastic individuals there that I feel are going in the right direction and I hope I’ll catch news of how they are evolving in the future =)