Teaching Agile (2 days)

Teaching Agile (2 days)

I took a small portion of the Lead & Agile teaching seminar this time around in November/December. Only 2 days and honestly I did try and put too much into these two days...but the plan was very Agile and we changed it during each class to fit the timeframe ;)...

Retrospective talk at USMessan 2019

Retrospective talk at USMessan 2019

In this talk, titled "Retrospective - create happy, engaged & productive teams", I go through the importance of the retrospective meetings and what makes a great retro. The majority of the talk is based around a story of how the retro meetings changed in a team...

Trello seminar

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...

Scrum roles & responsibilities game printouts

The Scrum Roles and Responsibilities game over at TastyCupCakes.org is a great game to use when teaching the scrum roles and getting participants to discuss amongst themselves what each roles does. I've played this a couple of time and its always great to have two...

Estimation talk at UTMessan 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 ­čśë This is related to #noestimates, but I really dislike that name ­čśÉ "The workable unit of one" is the term of the estimation from the team that...

Scrum Gathering San Diego 2017

Scrum Gathering San Diego 2017

Finally I went to a Global Scrum Gathering in San Diego. It was pretty hard being there all alone, but the Monday Mingle got a few friends that I stuck with a lot. Interesting talks, and interesting people, fun panorama photos I shot and overall had a good time......

Teaching Agile Project Management

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...

Release thinking (talk) at UTMessan

Last week I did a talk on release thinking (at utmessan) called "Waiting for the next big release?" and the recording is on youtube: Something I think everyone should think about...and I'll try and explain each topic in more details here.

Kanban & Trello talk

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...

Agile & Gamification talk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPUY92VOR5I I gave a talk at UTMessan 2015 titles "Spilar ├ż├║ 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...

Online Sprint Burndown chart

When keeping track of the sprint burndown it's often good (or ever required) that you show that process on a daily bases. In my case I have a wiki page for each sprint and want to have the daily burndown there updated every day. So I created a simple Google...

Scrum talk

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

Agile ├Źsland 2013

The sixth Agile ├Źsland conference. I really like what Sprettur have done for the Agile community in Iceland, kudos guys =) Stop Writing Software and Start Making Products (@Jeff Patton - comakewith.us - slides) I've been waiting for Jeff to come again. He came in 2009...

Agile at Hugsmi├░jan

We invited Agileneti├░ to a "science trip" at Hugsmi├░jan 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...

Faces for the team (or family)

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, itÔÇÖs incredible how well you can catch people...

“The day in the life of a Product Owner”

Agileneti├░ (with Dokkan & H├ísk├│linn ├ş Reykjav├şk) held a lecture where Finnur P├ílmi Magn├║sson (aka Gommit) talked about his job as a PO at Markorka. I had the privilege of working with Gommit many years ago in a small startup where he was the 3rd employee and I the...

Humor in management

Attended this talk held by Stj├│rnv├şsi. Edda told us about an essay she wrote recently about humour as a management tool. The lecture was quite enjoyable as she is a professional comedian for many years nothing less was to expected. I always enjoy when people play out...

Toast Kaizen

I attended an intresting lecture about Toast Kaizen than took the simple process of making toast and explained how Kaizen (small improvements) can help make the process more efficient. It was rather strange sitting at a lecture watching a video of a man making...

FridaySermon about Agile and Scrum

Attened a "sermon" about Agile & Scrum held at/by Advania at their HQ Advania offers good day Guest G. Gestsson, CEO Advania Quick into about Advania, it was even pretty good for a marketing introduction, nice slides and only 5 minutes ­čśë AgileNeti├░ in Brief L├şsa...

Lean 2012

Lean 2012 is the first Lean conference in Iceland (I think). I attended and I put down a few notes: Introduction...

Fun in teams

Fun in teams was the title of the talk that I attended at Betwere held by Gauti Gu├░mundsson. He wen't over the importance of humor & fun in team building and part of project management. Fun in the end it's always based on individuals and you can't force this and even...

Agilis 2011

I attended Agilis2011 and noted a few things down : Activating Your Agile Leadership Gift (Key speech) Christopher Avery I really enjoyed the simplicity Avery's speech. He had about 3-4 slides and really kept focus for the 30 minutes discussing and explaining The...

Excel Burndown chart template

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. [button...

Agile & Scrum on one page

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...

Open Space meetings

Yesterday I attened an Open Space Meeting at Agileneti├░ and this meeting setup is quite nice in a way that it's there to encourage discussions. There were 8x30 min. meetings in 3 timeslots so I got three: Estimating best practices & certainty Discussions on how it's...

Scrum T-shits

Created scrum t-shirts for the roles of Scrum.   The concept is abbreviations of the Scrum Roles (TM, SM & PO) in large letters with humours meanings of them in smaller fonts inside. The idea wasn't used (this time) for Agile merchandize at my company (nothing was),...

Appreciative Retrospective

I tried out Appreciative Retrospective today and was quite happy with the results. I did call it the positive retrospective since the focus was on being positive. Its a really good way of focusing on the positive parts. I thought it would be a disaster (specially in...