Agile in the Ether #3 / 7th Sept 2018

Friday 7th September
at 11:30 Universal Time Coordinated (UTC) / 12:30 British Summer Time (BST)

Notes from the meetup

Discussion topics

  • Sharing team members across projects – Philippa Newis ??????????
  • Moving teams to focus on capabilities — Adrian Howard ??????????
  • What workshop formats have you used for roles and responsibilities that has worked well in the past and why? – Emily Webber ??????????
  • Ways of document/spreading practices in larger organisations – playbooks? toolkits? etc. — Adrian Howard ??????

Topics we didn’t get a chance to discuss

  • What’s the best icebreaker exercise you’ve used – Emily Webber ????
  • What makes a successful scrum of scrums – Philippa Newis ??
  • Modern Agile – what are people’s views? Claire Ashcroft
  • Do we need to move to a many-to-many relationship between teams and products? – Lawrence Weetman

One response to “Agile in the Ether #3 / 7th Sept 2018”

  1. Emily Webber avatar
    Emily Webber

    I got some fantastic tips from my question “What workshop formats have you used for roles and responsibilities that has worked well in the past and why?”

    Here they are:

    From Phillipa: an exercise she learnt from Tobias Meyer. Each person draws their role and then talk about what the drawing means

    Another was three overlapping circles – responsibilities of team, product lead and delivery lead. Then they collectively populate it with pre-printed responsibilities.

    From Adrian: an exercise he learnt from Ester Derby to create a working agreement

    And on he learnt from Kate Rutter to create radar charts of roles and lots of discussion

    From Claire on creating a more T-shaped team. Everyone writes down what they felt were their responsibilities and what they are accountable for as well as their challenges. Then everyone reads each others to help create empathy and to help identify where they can help with those challenges

    From Holly each person gets an A4 sheet and writes what they think their responsibilities are, then they fold it over and pass it on. The next person writes what they think the first person’s responsibilities are. They carry on until everyone has a sheet of what they think and what others think they are responsible for. They discuss and create an agreement

    And finally one from Deepali for a team where things were falling through the cracks. They walked the kanban wall that outlined their workflow and identified who was responsible for what in each column.

    Such good suggestions, thanks all.

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