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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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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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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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Dúi Kanban

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013


At the end of last year I met a friend (in the chicken line at the local grocery store) that asked if I’d be willing to help kickstart Agile at her import company. I was more that happy to help spread some good ideas so we decided to talk in 2013.

We met up in febuary and they worked their way towards Kanban with a custom visual table for non-routine issues categorized into group & individual lanes. I met with them all to introduce the basic concepts of Kanban and a few pointers and showed up again the following morning for the first standup.

They did plan this well and had a name for the table: Dúi. I really like that they give it their own name…it gives them more sense of ownership that can really help with evolving without having to stick to much to the “rules” of the methodology they started with. After all if continuous improvement can be incorporated then that’s all the really matters…and it helps to have some fun along the way =)
Another thing I really enjoyed was that they created manga faces for everybody…I’m just a sucker for them =)

It was very much fun to help them kick-start their Agile journey and I look forward to see were it will lead them.

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