The majority of the talk is based around a story of how the retro meetings changed in a team called HoneyBadgers and the effect these meetings had on the teams culture.
We had the fun part covered and from there we could build up a great team…I think this talk is a must watch. It helps knowing how I see the retrospectives if your working with me but more importantly I think this is something that is often missing when your building up teams…and not just for the facilitator, but for all the team members to truly understand the reason for theses meetings.
I’ve spoken twice before about things from the HoneyBaders team. The first was about Release Thinking and the importance of thinking of the end place for all work. The second was on Estimation and how to “estimate less” by focusing less on the size/effort of a ticket and rather the throughput of the team. This concludes the trilogy/eulogy to the HoneyBadgers.
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 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 =)
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 =)