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.
There are a lot of great points in there… recommend this for everyone, not just parents =)
I’m a sucker for props and extra visual things to make other things look more “fun”. And I love visual faces of the people I work with and recommend creating faces for everybody in the team/family at faceyourmanga.com, it’s incredible how well you can catch people faces with this application and it’s a fun activity for everybody to take part in.
Here are my family’s faces:
I need to update some since the youngest has grown quite of of hair since his was create. And the others might wan’t to redo theirs…that ok, it fun doing this anyways 😉
At home you can use these faces on calendars, books, items or on visual walls for who is working on what…or just wherever for fun and information =)
Agilenetið (with Dokkan & Háskólinn í Reykjavík) held a lecture where Finnur Pálmi Magnússon (aka Gommit) talked about his job as a PO
Pretty handy to quickly get the burndown chart quickly up for a sprint. You just need to fill out the hours, number of stories, start & end date of sprint (and any holidays that are not weekends) and you’ll get the chart on the second sheet.
Excel Scrum Burndown template
Microsoft Excel is required to get the right, at least Google Spreadsheet won’t display the burndown right…
There’s something I love about putting a lot of information onto a single page. Hence I’ve been drawing Agile & Scrum on one page.
The first version (alpha) is a decent proof of concept and should be great after a few alterations and graphical redesign…sometime in the future 😉
Scrum on one page PDF