Using the Spotify Squad Health Check beyond the Squad

Just in time tribute…

I’m on my way from Boston to Manhattan. Tomorrow I’m facilitating an executive workshop for a client with the goal of kicking off the next level of agility. Before that I’m meeting some of the Spotify Agile Coaches/Company Operations people in the NYC Office. I thought this would be a good opportunity to write about a Spotify Squad-level tool I started using in Executive/Management workshops as well as all-hands QuickStarts/QuickBoosts in the last couple of months.

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Agile Testing FAQs and Mythbuster – Software Testing Atlanta Conference 2015

Here is my slide deck from my talk at the Software Testers Atlanta Conference. It was lots of fun to deliver it. Full, engaged, room (even though it was on of those dreaded post-lunch slots!), good questions, good laughs. It was also refreshing to do a US conference without checking into an hotel not to say a 12+ hours flight… (One of the advantages of living in Boston …)

Thank you for the conference team for inviting me! always fun to visit Atlanta (and have some BBQ on the way back to the airport…)

Interesting Trends surfacing at Agile Israel 2015

My “Trends Keynote” is becoming a repeating feature of the Agile Israel conference. This year I chose to involve the audience by using a Kahoot survey combined with some insights that we (AgileSparks) have seen throughout the year.

First of all it was very cool to see more than 300 participants in the survey (out of ~600 in the audience). Kudos to Kahoot as well as the Israeli 3G network for surviving this onslaught 🙂

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A Minimally Valuable Agile Mindset (a.k.a Agile Mindset is more than one thing…)

Stickiness comes with Mindset

Today in our morning call the AgileSparks coaching team discussed what are some indications that a company/group has reached a stable level that they will continue to at least sustain and ideally improve from (which means we can sleep well at night knowing our mutual efforts are not going down the drain)

One of the indicators raised by my fellows was that everybody in the organization and especially the leaders are not just operating mechanically but also have an agile mindset and their de-facto decisions/actions show it. Examples that came up included “Letting Go/Stepping Back”, “Trusting the Team to pull”.

An Iterative/agile approach towards an Agile Mindset – It is NOT All or nothing

This brought up a discussion where I played the Devil’s advocate (Oh well, I didn’t play it) – saying it was a problematic indicator. Why? Isn’t agile mindset great? Yes it is. And examples such as the ones raised as well as “Fail Fast”, “Inspect and Adapt”, “Iterate”, “Accept incomplete information”, “Stop Starting Start Finishing”, “Treat inventory as waste”, “We can improve/grow” (a.k.a the agile/growth mindset) can all drive great decisions/actions. Continue reading “A Minimally Valuable Agile Mindset (a.k.a Agile Mindset is more than one thing…)”

So What Is The Agile Boost Camp Workshop?

“This format is amazing. All workshops should run this way”.

This is the comment we heard from a recent participant of our recently created Agile Boost Camp format. In this workshop we run a truly agile-style 2 days where the participants pick and choose topics they want to address. We adjust the plan along the way, we ran short timeboxed Pomodoro style sprints and consider next steps after each. Continue reading “So What Is The Agile Boost Camp Workshop?”