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Scrum seminar 2014

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014

Today I held another Scrum & Kanban seminar with Dokkan. This time we were at a different location and the 18th floor of Höfðatorg. THe room was not a spacious as last year at Nauthóll but the view was great 😉

Slides
rvl.io has changed to slid.es and I didn’t get to updating them as I wanted to…it was just a minur update to the slides where I replaced much of the Scrum part with the slides from my talk at the University of Iceland the week before where I had managed to put in some of my drawings 😉

Expectations
I asked everybody at the start to write down the expectations people had to have some understanding of what we wanted to achieve.

Scrum vs. Kanban
The Scrum part of the seminar was dominant and I ran out of time to go deep into Kanban 😐 There were some points about that in the retro that might help with the next version of the seminar =)

Open Space vs. Retro
No Open Space this time around…I really like those but I put in a simple retrospective at the end and there were some great things that shined through there…I’ve taken those pointers for me to work on the future of this course.

Participants were very pleased and so was I.

Thanks everybody for a great day and good ideas.

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Scrum talk

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014

I gave a talk about Scrum at a class in the Business Department at the University of Iceland today.IMG_0122

I managed to put some of my drawings into the slides but as ofter I didn’t get everything I envision into them…but I’ll hopefully update them soon when I need to use them again 😉

I think everybody was pleased and it was fun for me too… win-win =)

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“Clean your room kids”…Kanban style

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014


When my older daughter (Sunna) was around 4.5 years old and didn’t want to clean her room because she didn’t know where to start so I set up a simple visual “game” around it…like a simple Kanban board.
There were post-it notes for every kind of stuff that needed to be put in place. For example all teddy bears and then that post-it also had a picture of a teddy bear since she couldn’t read. All the tickets where then put on her closed and that was the ToDo list she could work on.
Also we had a cartoon face for her and when she started cleaning something she would first put her face on that post-it note (pulling from the list). This was her WIP, only one task at a time since she only had one face. When all the things on that post-it were cleaned up she’d move the ticked to the other side of the closet where the completed tasks piled up and she was quite happy when finished with her accomplishment of cleaning the room all by herself.

A couple of years later she came to me and said “Daddy can you create cleanup stickies for me to clean up my room”.

I was thrilled that she remembered this activity and wanted to do it again. I was more than happy to create new post-it notes even though it took me more time to create them than to clean up her room.
This time she got her younger sister in on it and when she dropped out she even got me on her cleaning team =)

The task of cleaning your room isn’t really much fun…or even very clear when your a kid. But this simple “game” around it really changes the way you look at it. The kids can see what has to be done and that they can do it themselves…plus it’s fun and rewarding to move things on a visual board into the Done column.

Do this with your kids…not only do they learn to clean up their room, they also learn very fundamental way of breaking large tasks into smaller ones and see how they can resolve complex problems in small steps.
Start by creating faces for the whole family and then set up a simple visual wall with ToDo’s and get something fun going around it =)

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Scrum & Kanban seminar

Posted by on May 1, 2013


At the end of March Hugsmiðjan held a “science trip” for Agilenetið and among the attendees was Martha from Dokkan who asked me the following day if I’d be willing to teach Kanban at the Bezta learning line. I was more than willing since I truly believe that everybody can learn from Agile & Lean and the draft was ready almost instantly and we tossed it back and forth the next days. At the beginning of April the seminar was advertised online open for anybody interested in these fun ways of managing work.

The Bezta Scrum & Kanban seminar went as expected yesterday at Nauthóll: nice location, great people, good atmosphere, lots of learning, fun, games and communication.

Everybody was pleased and everything went mostly as planned. Some time estimates didn’t quite hold but I made small alterations to keep us on track and overall I was very pleased. The attendees were also pleased according to the evaluation notes they gave. There were two that wanted more detail & in-depth information along with example stories. Great points that I’ll take into the next “version” of the seminar and I already have some ideas that will help in dealing better with the “veterans” =)

When preparing for the seminar I only got through about two iterations of the slides. I really look forward to getting them through a few more versions and added changes from the points above…then they should be really good.

Thanks to everybody who attended =)

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