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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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Scrum talk

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014

I gave a talk about Scrum at a class in the Business Department at the University of Iceland today.IMG_0122

I managed to put some of my drawings into the slides but as ofter I didn’t get everything I envision into them…but I’ll hopefully update them soon when I need to use them again 😉

I think everybody was pleased and it was fun for me too… win-win =)

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“Clean your room kids”…Kanban style

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014

When my older daughter (Sunna) was around 4.5 years old and didn’t want to clean her room because she didn’t know where to start so I set up a simple visual “game” around it…like a simple Kanban board.
There were post-it notes for every kind of stuff that needed to be put in place. For example all teddy bears and then that post-it also had a picture of a teddy bear since she couldn’t read. All the tickets where then put on her closed and that was the ToDo list she could work on.
Also we had a cartoon face for her and when she started cleaning something she would first put her face on that post-it note (pulling from the list). This was her WIP, only one task at a time since she only had one face. When all the things on that post-it were cleaned up she’d move the ticked to the other side of the closet where the completed tasks piled up and she was quite happy when finished with her accomplishment of cleaning the room all by herself.

A couple of years later she came to me and said “Daddy can you create cleanup stickies for me to clean up my room”.

I was thrilled that she remembered this activity and wanted to do it again. I was more than happy to create new post-it notes even though it took me more time to create them than to clean up her room.
This time she got her younger sister in on it and when she dropped out she even got me on her cleaning team =)

The task of cleaning your room isn’t really much fun…or even very clear when your a kid. But this simple “game” around it really changes the way you look at it. The kids can see what has to be done and that they can do it themselves…plus it’s fun and rewarding to move things on a visual board into the Done column.

Do this with your kids…not only do they learn to clean up their room, they also learn very fundamental way of breaking large tasks into smaller ones and see how they can resolve complex problems in small steps.
Start by creating faces for the whole family and then set up a simple visual wall with ToDo’s and get something fun going around it =)

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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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