Logi Helgu

Being Agile

Estimation talk at UTMessan 2018

Posted by on Feb 2, 2018

I wanted to share a “simpler” way of estimating and seems like applying for a talk slot at utmessan.is is a good motivator 😉

This is related to #noestimates, but I really dislike that name 😐

“The workable unit of one” is the term of the estimation from the team that a single “ticket” can be done in one iteration/sprint.

I didn’t know that Q&A wasn’t this year so the talk was way shorter than expected 😉

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Teaching Agile Project Management

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017

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:

  1. Day 1 – Agile, Kanban & Scrum…and teams
  2. Day 2 – Product Owner, requirements and release thinking
  3. 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:

Empty classroom

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 =)

Smiling faces
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:

  1. More workouts that are based on real examples
  2. Easier access to slides
  3. Connect the material beyond software delvelopment
  4. Glossary of terms for those who are not into the lingo
  5. 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 😉

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Release thinking (talk) at UTMessan

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017

Last week I did a talk on release thinking (at utmessan) called “Waiting for the next big release?” and the recording is on youtube:

Something I think everyone should think about…and I’ll try and explain each topic in more details here.

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Kanban & Trello talk

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015

Kanban rule nr. 2 - limit work in progress
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 slides are online at slides.com. I didn’t get to draw images for all the slides (with Paper from 53), but I was really pleased with the results even though there were some “nude” slides …there’s always next time to improve 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 =)

Thank you all at UST =)

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