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Heart of agile improvement - Experiments

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Presentation for the Melbourne Heart of Agile meet up

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Heart of agile improvement - Experiments

  1. 1. Heart of Agile - Improvement Mark Barber Twitter @mark_barbs
  2. 2. At an organisational level, it's hard to just jump in 2 Envision Discover Change The why. Establish a vision for change, the objectives we need to meet and measures for how we judge success The what. Study, assess and seek knowledge to establish context and recommendations for change. Making these changes will help achieve our objectives The how. Execution of an adaptive & iterative change program, to validate how we meet our objectives and execute and embed change.
  3. 3. Cynefin helped us make sense of the change 3 Initial perception of nature of change was here It turned out we were actually over here
  4. 4. Improvement applied to team and organisation 4
  5. 5. The Lean Change Cycle 5
  6. 6. The Improvement Kata © Mike Rother6
  7. 7. The Barber-Bristow Cycle of Awesomeness Improvement 7
  8. 8. Experiment! 8 “Sometimes science is more art than science” (Rick and Morty)
  9. 9. Practical tools to help you 9 Improvement Canvases & Storyboards Experiment Canvas Improvement Wall
  10. 10. ACME Pty Ltd identified some large problems & opportunities 10 • We needed to get closer to our customers • Improve usable information radiation and transparency • Clarify the product development process and roles • Understand the capabilities and maturity of teams and a strategy to coach them • Find ways to better share knowledge and amplify great practices • Reduce dependencies between teams • Improve flow of work • Make work visible • Understand and surface ‘hidden’ work • Consistent prioritisation, not HiPPO
  11. 11. Exercise 1: How will you prioritise these opportunities? 11 • We need to get closer to our customers • Improve usable information radiation and transparency • Clarify the product development process and roles • Understand the capabilities and maturity of teams and a strategy to coach them • Find ways to better share knowledge and amplify great practices • Improve MVP lead time by 50% • Improve flow of work and reduce dependencies • Make work visible • Understand and surface ‘hidden’ work • Consistent prioritisation, not HiPPO
  12. 12. Improvement Canvas to drive alignment 12 What is the problem? What do we want to achieve with this change? Why is this important to the organisation? How will we measure success? How will we show progress to the goal? Who is most affected? What parts of the business will be most impacted? Is there prior work that we can leverage? What do we need to learn? What are the experiments likely to run in the next 2 weeks? What are the experiments likely to run in the next 2 months?
  13. 13. Improvement Canvas: Another example 13
  14. 14. Improvement Canvas: Another example 14 Top 3 drivers / needs for change What will we see? How will we know change has stuck? The compelling "WHY" What channels will we use to communicate Who will be impacted by the change? What actions can we take? What do we need to succeed? Time / Money / Commitment etc What wins are there to be gained? Moral / Performance / Capability What do we need learn about as we move?
  15. 15. Improvement Canvas for team alignment 15
  16. 16. Exercise 2: Write a canvas for your top opportunity 16
  17. 17. Kata Storyboards make learning visible 17 Focus Area Goal Current Condition Target Condition Experiments Obstacles
  18. 18. Exercise 3: Write a storyboard 18 Focus Area Goal Current Condition Target Condition Experiments Obstacles
  19. 19. 19 Hypothesis: Rationale: <The answer you think you will find by running this experiment> <why do you think you will get to your hypothesis> Methodology: <how will you execute your experiment – what practical things will you do?> Time to run: <how long will it run for, or when you will stop it> Audience: <who is this experiment targeted at? might be 1 or more> Success metrics Primary: <measurable metric(s)> Secondary: <anything else that will indicate success?> Experiment Canvas
  20. 20. Make your hypothesis easy to understand In order to... <why are you running this experiment?> We believe that... <what is the experiment?> Will result in... <the desired outcome of the experiment> We will know we are successful when... <measurable success criteria> We will end the experiment by... <time box>
  21. 21. Make your hypothesis easy to understand In order to... <why are you running this experiment?> We believe that... <what is the experiment?> Will result in... <the desired outcome of the experiment> We will know we are successful when... <measurable success criteria> We will end the experiment by... <time box> The compelling "WHY" What actions can we take? What will we see? How will we know change has stuck?
  22. 22. Exercise 4: Frame your first experiment 2222 Hypothesis: Rationale: <The answer you think you will find by running this experiment> <why do you think you will get to your hypothesis> Methodology: <how will you execute your experiment – what practical things will you do?> Time to run: <how long will it run for, or when you will stop it> Audience: <who is this experiment targeted at? might be 1 or more> Success metrics Primary: <measurable metric(s)> Secondary: <anything else that will indicate success?>
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  24. 24. Exercise 5: How will you visualise improvement?
  25. 25. Thank you

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