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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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Agile & Gamification talk

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015


I gave a talk at UTMessan 2015 titles “Spilar þú Agile leikinn” which would translate to “Do you play the Agile Game”. I touched on a lot of stuff I like and mostly Gamification. The point of the talk was that we need to learn the game and play it (a lot) to fully capture it and change it. The game here being the Agile game we play…but we could swap that with any “game” we like 😉

In Icelandic I used the word “Leikjafræði” which is used for “Game theory”…and one attendee pointed that out me after the talk…I totally got his point since guests did only get the title of the talk to figure out what was being presented and I hope that will be better next year. I myself to like to read at least a couple of sentences to know what the point of the talk is going to be.

I asked a good friend that attended what he though and he was worried the first moments but then he said I pulled if off. And I was a bit worried since I had been told I could walk around but there was only the mike on the lectern so I was pretty immobilised and did have to skip some parts that I had planned.

It’s really great they now have video recording of all the talks. I havn’t watched all of mine but I feel like I was trying to get over a lot… and I guess I was.
My plan was to have a maximum of 10 slides…but they seemed to enjoy each other and multiply like rabbits when I was planning. One of the hard part was to try to fit this all in 30 minutes.

I general I was pretty pleased and everybody who I talked to about it was pleased or even inspired…a word I really like =)

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Online Sprint Burndown chart

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014

Daily ScrumWhen keeping track of the sprint burndown it’s often good (or ever required) that you show that process on a daily bases. In my case I have a wiki page for each sprint and want to have the daily burndown there updated every day.

So I created a simple Google Spreadsheet for Sprint Daily Burndown. There I create a new tab for each sprint using the TEMPLATE as the base (or just duplicate an old one).

How to set this up

We were running weekly sprints so there are only 5 days on the template now.

  • Start off by duplicating the TEMPLATE sheet (the small triangle on the right site of the Sheets name).
  • Set the Sprint name
  • Fill out the total plan (story points) in the first Planned remaining column (C3), this is your total burndown “plan” for the sprint.
  • Then you have to set how much you plan to have burnt the first day in the second column of Planned Daily Burndown (D4). The reason for this is that we had SPM on Mondays so the planned burndown was always lower on Mondays and we decided that each sprint 😉
  • The rest of the Planned Daily Burndown is just divided evenly automatically, but you can change that if you need to.
  • Then every day you insert the Daily Burndown on your Daily Standup Meeting (Daily Scrum) accordingly and the Chart below is updated.

Sharing the Chart

The sweet part is that you can publish the Chart as an image and place on your wiki or webpage and the image is update each time you fill out new numbers. Very handy when you have a sprint page that you wan’t to display the process of the sprint =)

  • Click the chart and in the right corner click the triangle and select Publish chart
  • In the Select a publish format select Image
  • Copy the URL for the image and pate wherever you desire =)

Feel free to make a copy and edit your own, I’d love to hear if this helps or if you anything else to tell me about this 😉

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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 & 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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Agile at Hugsmiðjan

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013

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We invited Agilenetið to a “science trip” at Hugsmiðjan today where we talked about the Agile implementation (slides) that is based around a visual wall for the whole company. The whole company (around 30) meet every morning for 15 min. and issues that need attention are reported and updated.
The wall has seen some transformation through the years…and planning on a complete redesign are about to be executed…so this was probably the last public display of that setup of the wall. Visual management would be the right word for the wall…we’ve drifted a bit from the Kanban rules. Scrum is used by one team…but isn’t quite the perfect fit since we do a lot of service besides the development 😉
I really like daily standup where everybody meets…otherwise I wouldn’t seem some of the people…even though we aren’t that many…and everybody has a voice on these meetings if they need to say something =)

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