Changing a large global enterprise is not to be underestimated. In this talk, Craig Strong shares some insights on some of the work he and some of his team are undertaking at Pearson; a company with over 45,000 employees spread across 70 countries. Using Lean Startup and Agile practices, the global product lifecycle aims to transform the entire organisation to become a true product culture with the learner at the centre.
A fundamental Agile principle is ‘Continuous Improvement’, yet many practitioners use a default visual workflow which changes little through the evolution of the product and team. This can become repetitive and ultimately the tool starts to become simple, boring and used for administrative monitoring only. Agile environments often don’t realise the power that visual workflows can have. This workshop takes the audience through different ways to present the card wall, to make stand-ups more fun and interesting. We will look at ways you can alter the card wall to challenge skill silos and encourage more cross-functional behaviours, and present ideas on how to gamify the card wall in order to make it fun and interactive. Using learnings from the theory of constraints, kanban, scrum, team dynamics and system thinking principles we’ll also discuss creative ways to monitor cycle time, understand progress and visualize flow to challenge team patterns, behaviours and bottlenecks.