A round up of the January meetup for Agile Practitioners London. With 3 great talks from Spotify, Sky and News UK discussing Agile teams, Culture and Transformation.
This is a recap on the 2 days behind the inaugural event of Agilecymru.uk 2015. This was the first of many Agile conferences we hope to see in South Wales, bringing in a wide range of internationally recognised leading speakers.
Working with distributed teams as a Scrum Master, Agile Coach or Facilitator can be difficult. There is no substitute for face to face communication, but sometimes this isn’t feasible. When the show must go on, there are some simple tips and tools to try which can help facilitate the session.
Writing user stories in Agile can be very difficult. Although it appears simple, it can take time to perfect at technique which works with the team. This post provides some useful insights into ways in which you can improve your story writing technique taking some examples from XP, INVEST and BDD using Gherkin.
Sometimes it can be time consuming or difficult to decide what to do next. Often you can end up working on the next item in a list, but this may not necessary be the most valuable thing to do. This simple and visual focusing technique can help teams decide what to take on given that there is limited time and the most value wants to be achieved.
As we have progressed as a scrum team, our board has evolved in line with our continuous improvement ethos. Heavily influenced by the Theory Of Constraints, we introduced WIP limits on user stories and the board by restricting the number of lanes. We have seen team and productivity benefits when adopting some of these simple changes.
Retrospectives can be one of the most valuable sessions in Scrum and Agile teams. Often they can become boring and less useful to the team and they can fall into an administrative process with less value. This post is about sharing a recent retrospective session that was fun, engaging and got results using a Top Gear theme to explore, identify and resolve issues to benefit the team and ultimately the business.