Logi Helgu

Being Agile

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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Scrum roles & responsibilities game printouts

Posted by on Nov 7, 2018

The Scrum Roles and Responsibilities game over at TastyCupCakes.org is a great game to use when teaching the scrum roles and getting participants to discuss amongst themselves what each roles does.

I’ve played this a couple of time and its always great to have two team clearing out their understanding together. So this is a pretty good way to follow up on teaching that can be used for any follow up. 

I’ve always been a “player” and when I decided to use this for the first time recently I knew that I had to have something else than index cards. So I created a printout with two different backgrounds (two sets), laminated and cut out…I was pleased =)

Here is the 12 page (select two sided printing and end up with 6 pages) PDF for anyone else to reuse:

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Teaching Agile Project Management (second iteration)

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018

Again teaching Agile at the University of Iceland for a few days (over a period of a few weeks). Setup was pretty much as the last time

I did work on some improvements this time around so I had a Trello board for a better overview and the
slides were improved a little by having just one slideshow to access them all…but this one still has links to the others so this wasn’t a complete package 😉

Retrospective

There were some good points that emerged:

  • More time – bigger course (this is already in progress 😉
  • One slideshow with all slides (not link to other slides)
  • Trello training
  • Scrum “science trip(s)”
  • Logi invite some students to taste his beer

    This year I graded group projects and that was a learning curve =)

    I was happy with everything, specially those who showed up all the days…hopefully this will be a better/bigger course next year =)

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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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