Logi Helgu

Being Agile

Teaching Agile Project Management

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017

For 3 Monday mornings in February I was a teaching at the University of Iceland where the focus was on Agile in managing projects (Verkefnastj├│rnun II (2017)).

The slides were online and created with slides.com and linked to various older slides and material I already had. I also just added the material before each class but the upfront plan was:

  1. Day 1 – Agile, Kanban & Scrum…and teams
  2. Day 2 – Product Owner, requirements and release thinking
  3. Day 3 – Improvements, retrospectives and the future

I think it went well, I really liked a lot of the feedback (points from the retro are below). But there were two times that I really remembered:

Empty classroom

Here is a picture I took when the classroom was completely empty with the exception of the teacher who will be leading this course next year. There was a work assignment going on that ended with everyone going outside the room…I really liked the fact that I was teaching and all the students had just left the room =)

Smiling faces
One of the activities I did was draw faces where you draw numerous smily faces. When they were drawing and I was looking over it was so fun to see how many were smiling at their papers…down at their smily faces…I didn’t feel like taking individual photos of people but really enjoyed seeing the smiles facing their drawings.


At the last day we did a retrospective on how they felt about these three days. I did the Learning Matrix which is my go to retro activity. There were some great feedback that I got…and I must admit that it was a bit strange to have a retro as a facilitator and getting so much feedback directed straight to me…but they were all good remarks, thx everyone =)
Still a few points I want to keep here for the future:

  1. More workouts that are based on real examples
  2. Easier access to slides
  3. Connect the material beyond software delvelopment
  4. Glossary of terms for those who are not into the lingo
  5. Connect with the other parts of the course

I had fun and from all the other good comments I think they liked it…I guess the remark “More teachers should be like this” is something that tells me that I was doing something right ­čśë

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Scrum & Kanban seminar

Posted by on May 1, 2013

At the end of March Hugsmi├░jan held a “science trip” for Agileneti├░ 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 Nauth├│ll: 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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