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Empowering Agile TeamsV. Lee Henson CST                         1
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility           Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only.   2
✤   Founded in 2007 - Salt Lake City, UT✤   Specialize in Public & Private Certification Workshops    & Courses✤   Deep und...
V. Lee Henson CST✤   Certified Scrum Trainer✤   Project Management Professional✤   PMI- Agile Certified Practitioner✤   Cert...
The Agile Manifesto     We are uncovering better ways of developing software             by doing it and helping others do...
Agile vs. Plan Driven        Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only.   6
Scrum vs. Waterfall        Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only.   7
The What If’s:• All too often embracing even  the most basic Agile Principles  requires us to address the  What If’s:• Agi...
More What If’s:                                            •     What if we could engage                                  ...
How Does This Apply To What IDo?                                         • Can making even the smallest                   ...
Who’s At Fault?• Once it is discovered that the project is going to exceed the  deadline or go over budget, who accepts re...
Five Levels of Agile Planning:• A great place to start is by analyzing the levels of Agile Planning and  assessing if each...
Does The Executive LackVision?• To what detail should the  Executive team be involved in  the day to day operational  issu...
Sail Well!                                         • Managing Direction                                         • Charting...
Empowering The Agile Team!  Learn To Sail Well!  Understanding the Strategy gives  the Team the why behind the  vision.   ...
Is It The Product or Project Manager? • To what detail should the Product   Owner / Manager have the   backlog defined? • S...
Is It The Team Lead or Other Manager?                             •     Did the Team Lead follow through                  ...
Empowering The Agile Team!Learn To Sail Well!Manage From the Outside In!When managers use discretion and workfrom the outs...
How Do We Know If They Are Effective?                                    7 Traits of a Highly Effective Manager:          ...
How Do We Know? (Cont.)                                  7 Traits of a Highly Effective Manager:                          ...
If Not The Leadership…                                       • Once all the dust has settled,                             ...
It Must Be The Team?• Could it possibly be the team at fault  here?• What could the team have done  differently?• Could th...
Is The Team Being Effective? The team embraces the truth The team works in a culture that supports learning The team has t...
Empowering The Agile Team! Learn To Sail Well! Manage From the Outside In! Enable the Team to follow the 10 keys to effect...
Is The Team Empowered?                                           Efficient                                           Motiv...
Team Empowerment ‘Moments’ • Every team has a moment   where they realize that   they are an empowered   team • It is usua...
Smell Of An Empowered Team• Collaboration – If the team works in silence, you will get  what you hear as a deliverable• Te...
Foul Team Smells                                                             • Loss of Rhythm                             ...
The REALLY SMELLY Team • Persistent Signatures • Project Manager or   ScrumMaster Assigns Work • The Daily Meeting is NOT ...
Pitfalls and Warnings of a Damaged Team  Lack of Energy  No regard for commitments  Team more worried about time than  pro...
Empowering The Agile Team!Learn To Sail Well!Manage From the Outside In!Enable the Team to follow the10 keys to effectiven...
How Do We All Win?                        Stop the finger pointing!                        Work together as a cohesive unit...
Empowering The Agile Team!Learn To Sail Well!Manage From the Outside In!Enable the Team to follow the10 keys to effectiven...
✤   You now hold the keys to success!✤   You have been educated and empowered.✤   Visit often and drink from the well!    ...
Thank You! Lee@AgileDad.Com - Twitter @AgileDad - LinkedIn leehenson@gmail.com                Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC ...
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The Empowering Agile Teams Presentation has been presented at numerous Agile Conferences and has been VERY well received. Many teams get frustrated due to the lack of understanding of what they are expected to deliver vs what has been perceived. Gone are the days of opacity. Teams are better equipped to handle the day to day workload and are less fearful of commitment in an environment where healthy team relationships are valued.

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Empowering Agile Teams

  1. 1. Empowering Agile TeamsV. Lee Henson CST 1
  2. 2. With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 2
  3. 3. ✤ Founded in 2007 - Salt Lake City, UT✤ Specialize in Public & Private Certification Workshops & Courses✤ Deep understanding of Agile & Traditional Project Management, (PMP), RUP, Lean, Kanban, Scrum, (CST), XP, & PMI-ACP✤ Proven Applied Agile Principles in Software, Hardware, Financial, Insurance, Construction, Medical, Marketing, Legal, Entertainment, Research, Military, Government, Retail, Education, Law Enforcement, and many more... 3
  4. 4. V. Lee Henson CST✤ Certified Scrum Trainer✤ Project Management Professional✤ PMI- Agile Certified Practitioner✤ Certified Lean Agile Professional✤ Motivational Speaker & Executive Coach✤ Author of The Definitive Agile Checklist✤ Inventor of Rapid Release Planning✤ Information Technology / Psychology 4Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only.
  5. 5. The Agile Manifesto We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value: Individuals & Interactions over processes & tools Working software over comprehensive documentation Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to change over following a plan That is , while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more. Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 5
  6. 6. Agile vs. Plan Driven Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 6
  7. 7. Scrum vs. Waterfall Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 7
  8. 8. The What If’s:• All too often embracing even the most basic Agile Principles requires us to address the What If’s:• Agile Teams are nearly as inquisitive as our own children.• We need to say what we’ll do and do what we say in order to be successful. Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 8
  9. 9. More What If’s: • What if we could engage Agile methods without Pain? • What if we prescribe to one Agile Method and follow it to the Letter of the Law? • What if we stop worrying about time and start focusing on end delivery? Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 9
  10. 10. How Does This Apply To What IDo? • Can making even the smallest of changes have an impact on the success of an Agile project? • What can I do in my role to make a difference on my team? • Is it really possible to let go of the reigns without inciting chaos? Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 10
  11. 11. Who’s At Fault?• Once it is discovered that the project is going to exceed the deadline or go over budget, who accepts responsibility? The Executive? Other Management? The Product /Project Manager? The Team? Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 11
  12. 12. Five Levels of Agile Planning:• A great place to start is by analyzing the levels of Agile Planning and assessing if each party played in their respective sandbox. Product Vision Yearly by the product owner Product Roadmap Bi-yearly by the product owner Release Planning Quarterly by the product owner and team Iteration Planning Bi-weekly by the team Daily Planning Daily by the team and individuals Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 12
  13. 13. Does The Executive LackVision?• To what detail should the Executive team be involved in the day to day operational issues of a project?• Does the team have an achievable strategy to execute the vision?• Can executives still feel in power by not using the iron fist approach? Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 13
  14. 14. Sail Well! • Managing Direction • Charting The Course • Use Strategy When Planning • Recognize The Executive is NOT At Fault • Maintain Visibility for the Executive • Do Sail Well! Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 14
  15. 15. Empowering The Agile Team! Learn To Sail Well! Understanding the Strategy gives the Team the why behind the vision. Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 15
  16. 16. Is It The Product or Project Manager? • To what detail should the Product Owner / Manager have the backlog defined? • Since when is a thorough PRD not enough to get started? • The Project Manager should be trained to assist the team in breaking down a Product Requirements Document, after all, they are responsible for removing impediments right? Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 16
  17. 17. Is It The Team Lead or Other Manager? • Did the Team Lead follow through on being available to assist team members as needed? • Did the Senior Assistant to the Vice Co-Chair Administrative Director over Employee Satisfaction see to it that the teams needs were met? • Did the Development Manager provide the Team with the tools it needed to be successful? Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 17
  18. 18. Empowering The Agile Team!Learn To Sail Well!Manage From the Outside In!When managers use discretion and workfrom the outside in, this allows the teamto remain focused and feel confident thatobstacles will be removed in a timelyfashion! This also assures the best levelof project visibility. Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 18
  19. 19. How Do We Know If They Are Effective? 7 Traits of a Highly Effective Manager: Ability to Manage and Deal With Risk Results Oriented High Energy Team Player Multitasking Ability Improvement Oriented Listen First Speak Second Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 19
  20. 20. How Do We Know? (Cont.) 7 Traits of a Highly Effective Manager: Ability to Manage and Deal With Risk Results Oriented High Energy Team Player Multitasking Ability Improvement Oriented Listen First Speak Second Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 20
  21. 21. If Not The Leadership… • Once all the dust has settled, it is easy to determine that the leadership is not generally responsible for the team failing to complete the project they committed to. • Could it possibly be… Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 21
  22. 22. It Must Be The Team?• Could it possibly be the team at fault here?• What could the team have done differently?• Could this be the result of multiple external factors affecting the team?• Is it possible that they really did not have a clear understanding of what they were committing to?• At what level should the team be held accountable for the level of work they committed to? Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 22
  23. 23. Is The Team Being Effective? The team embraces the truth The team works in a culture that supports learning The team has the authority and makes regular decisions The product owner is consistently available to the team and the team takes advantage of it The team has a GREAT ScrumMaster The team meets daily and is aware of current & upcoming projects Everyone required attends regular Agile Meetings The team effectively uses the retrospective to inspect & adapt The team has set the rules and understands the definition of done The team is accountable for the work they commit to and they take that commitment seriously Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 23
  24. 24. Empowering The Agile Team! Learn To Sail Well! Manage From the Outside In! Enable the Team to follow the 10 keys to effectiveness! The 10 keys listed on the previous slide are a critical path for the team to follow in order to be empowered and trusted. Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 24
  25. 25. Is The Team Empowered? Efficient Motivated Productive Organized Well Managed Engaged Responsible Energized Dedicated Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 25
  26. 26. Team Empowerment ‘Moments’ • Every team has a moment where they realize that they are an empowered team • It is usually like a light switch going on • The stakes become much higher and the value & unity of the team greatly increases • People will see, feel, and ‘smell’ the difference in an empowered team Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 26
  27. 27. Smell Of An Empowered Team• Collaboration – If the team works in silence, you will get what you hear as a deliverable• Teambuilding – The team should work together and act like a team• Accountability – The team should stand tall and be accountable for both completed and uncompleted work• Productivity – The team should not be measured by the duration of time they put into building the widget, but by the quality of the end result• Quality Demos – Teams should be proud to showcase their work. If they are not, a different problem could be brewing Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 27
  28. 28. Foul Team Smells • Loss of Rhythm • Talking Chickens • Missing Pigs Copyright 2003, Mike Cohn Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 28
  29. 29. The REALLY SMELLY Team • Persistent Signatures • Project Manager or ScrumMaster Assigns Work • The Daily Meeting is NOT for the Team • Specialized Job Roles Copyright 2003, Mike Cohn Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 29
  30. 30. Pitfalls and Warnings of a Damaged Team Lack of Energy No regard for commitments Team more worried about time than productivity Team does not want to demo Team finds daily standup meetings useless Team Frequently overestimates or pads estimates Team becomes dejected Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 30
  31. 31. Empowering The Agile Team!Learn To Sail Well!Manage From the Outside In!Enable the Team to follow the10 keys to effectiveness!Keep the Team SmellingFresh! Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 31
  32. 32. How Do We All Win? Stop the finger pointing! Work together as a cohesive unit. Play in our own areas of the planning playground. No time games. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY… Realize as a team that: “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility!” Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 32
  33. 33. Empowering The Agile Team!Learn To Sail Well!Manage From the Outside In!Enable the Team to follow the10 keys to effectiveness!Keep the Team SmellingFresh!Start Today! Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 33
  34. 34. ✤ You now hold the keys to success!✤ You have been educated and empowered.✤ Visit often and drink from the well! http://www.agiledad.com/ Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 34
  35. 35. Thank You! Lee@AgileDad.Com - Twitter @AgileDad - LinkedIn leehenson@gmail.com Copyright 2012 AgileDad LLC Licensed for Classroom Use Only. 35

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