Logi Helgu

Being Agile

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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Trello seminar

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019

Trello seminar

I got an invite to teach Trello at Endurmenntun following that one of my students from Agile Project Management knew of my fondness of the tool through that class. So when they needed someone to teach Trello I was the first one that she thought of…and I’m always up for sharing good things.

The setup was for both beginners and more advanced and I’ve run that format for two time now and decided to split it up since the difference in usage is so great that I can’t satisfy everyone.+

So I’m going to break the course up into two parts, starting with trying out a basic course “Trello – First steps” in March 2019 and we’ll see how that goes…

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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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  • 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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    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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