“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 →
I wanted to share an exercise I created in a workshop last week
One of the topics we wanted to explore was the responsibilities/activities of Product Owners and the Agile Team and how do they relate.
The objective of the exercise was to understand the various activities and how they map in the continuum between PO and Team and across the product development life cycle.
The steps of the exercise are the following:
Map all the activities related to the life cycle – typically this will be the lifecycle of a Feature. I came with a set of predefined steps but I think it can be useful to let the participants come up with the activities as a digesting activity.
Where does each activity lie in the lifecycle? Use horizontal team estimation game – this means coming up with a continuum of activities where starting point is to the left side, ending point is to the right side (to be compatible with a typical Kanban Story Board)
divide the time continuum to a couple of key phases (this can be used to be a starting point for a Kanban board btw, or you can use the existing kanban board the team uses if applicable )
Which activity is associated with Product, Which with R&D? Use vertical team estimation game to drive a consensus among the team. The meaning of vertical is that you don’t touch the left-right placement, just the top-bottom. Top should be solely Product, Bottom solely R&D. Identify a middle area where work is done in collaboration. Even within that area it makes sense to discuss who is “leading” the activity.
Debrief – Have a discussion about what this means, what are the surprises, does this make sense, what you would like to experiment with.
This exercise can of course be generalized to any interface between groups – Dev-Ops, Dev-Test, and outside of Product Development altogether… I’ll be glad to hear about interesting uses of the exercise.
A possible activity list (provided AS IS, no warranty attached… ;-):
What can you expect? Well, you might want to go check out the syllabus
So far we’ve been getting rave reviews for the workshop. It seems to be getting across the essence of what Kanban means for the product development/maintenance world.
The experience includes playing the kanban game, doing exercises and thinking about your own environment, as well as discussing the theory, connecting Kanban to the Agile world, and looking at some case studies from the AgileSparks portfolio in Israel.
I’ll be delivering this workshop, and I think it is going to be the 8th Kanban workshop I’m delivering in the last couple of months.
So if you heard about Kanban and am interested to see what it really is about – come check it out. I’d love to see you there.