Thanks to our Leader: Michael Palladino for suggesting this exercise
And our Facilitators
Awilda ( Will ) Borres
-= Notes from the Easels =-
Accountability in Teams - with Robin Ratliff
Accountability in Teams
What is Accountability?
Accomplishments, not status
Set of Clear Goals
Metrics to measure progress
Collaboration helps meets commitments
It Requires trust
What Helps Promote Accountability ?
avoid Shame / Earn Respect
Triangulate on tasks (e.g., at standup )
( Coming soon to http://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/blog is Ask about
Set Expectations and help people live up to them
Education (Plural Site – CBT) may inspire people to strive for excellence
Say Thank You
Each person must be heard, be listened to
Personal Contact helps build accountability
Use Tech such as video conferencing with remote team members
Connection: put face with a name
Know more of the Whole Person
1 to 1 Conversations, make them Fact Finding / Constructive / "Help me understand"
What helps build Team Accountability
Add team performance goals to Reviews (HR)
See recent Linked In Discussion for team accountability discussion
Management By Objective – manage to team goals
Teamwork / Shared Success
Agile practices help build accountability
Retrospective / Finding Root Cause / 5Whys
CrossFunctional Teams bring diverse Perspectives
Sprints – quick cycles with work products
Transparency of goals and output
"Show and Tell" / Showcase talents
TeamBuilding across teams
Self Generated Estimates
Tactics for Good Performers
Using good performers to bring up the average
Give Quick feedback
Encourage them to drive their own destiny
Avoid Personal Overcommitment
Tactics for Poor Performers
Hold myself accountable first
Avoid doing work for them
OK if not everyone is a superstar
Look for niche with Business value that they can address
If someone is done “their work”, then ask “”Who else can you help?””
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-= PMO = Waterfall Transition to Agile - with LouAnn Landale
TFS / JIRA / ROI / Trands
Solarity - supports Agile
Own the Engineering Aspect of the process
Report Up = Don't Look Down
Processes can be Imposing
Own Parallel Cross
Loss of Control
Loss of Metrics
Agile Blend - PMO Version
Does Not Work
Wants Prediction, Schedule and Cost
Focus on Strengths
Risk Based Proj Mgmt
PM as Scrum Master = More Planning
Faster and Flexible Delivery
Top Down Buy In will demonstrate
Financial ROI based on Savings
(See 6 two-week sprints plus a 1 week sprint )
Whats in it for me
Present Waterfall Failures
Need for PMO ?
PMO to run Agile and Live it
Teams to provide Product
Roadmap to PMO
Need to be a Change Agent
Ask for Goals and Needs / Success Criteria
High Level Milestones ( the Road Map )
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-= Estimates = Rough Order of Magnitude - with Awilda ( Will ) Borres
See the upcoming free DCG Webinar March 28 11am
How to provide estimates ?
How to manage this question ?
Weeks = Roadmap Estimate = includes Feature List
Estimate in Weeks or Tee Shirt Sizes , Similar to Previouis , no Dates
Refine estimates as you go along
Use Planning Poker
Establish Guideline of "Don't Hold us to this Estimate"
Weighting Systems = to Infinity and Beyond
Spend & Assign Cards to Work
You can be subjective
Manage other Constraints
Trade-Offs - Regulatory
Need time to do estimates
Have you asked for time ?
Would you believe a minimum of ??? weeks
Still need the features, so work with the Team
Business Goals = Business Features = 3 to 5 Top Features
Comparable To Previous ( last 3 years )
How did it go ? / Risk Factors
Is Technology alid in 2 years ? or Technology Multiplier ?
Risk = Some estimates are Safer than Others
Level of Uncertainty, Range of . . .
Risk / Multiplier Derisk
Confidence = Transparency, and How is it Tracking ?
Marching towards a date, or $$
Early in Project = Ask Archetecture Team to help Estimate
Give Team Guidance
Time Box the Estimate Effort, then go on to next one, next one, etc
Jelybean Principle - Get Enough to smooth out discrepancies
Educated Estimate will be close enough
Add Padding Cushion
Know who will be working on the Project
Remember "Rough Order of Magnitude of Effort"
Footnote Assumptions, Uncertainty Factor
-= Agile Philly Improvements - with Tanya Kogan
Start with our Core Compentencies
Personal welcome to new members ( People over Process)
Monthly Meetings Religiously ( Predictable Delivery )
Announcement Emails ( Expectation of Value)
Questions about Meetings
More Frequent , Diverse Geography, Virtual Online
Diverse Topics , Lean Coffees , Surveys
Web Presence , Linked In , FaceBook
3 Lean Coffees on Morning of Oct 10th Half Day Conference
Crossposting other meetings More / Less
Member Profiles , Backgrounds,, Picture of member
Questions about Promotion
SWAG, Giveaways, Advertising
Fund Raising, Member Dues , Pizza Headcount
Attract more Coordinators
LIKE Exercises for Team Games , How to build teams
LIKE No member dues ( Corp Sponsors ? )
LIKE Monthly Frequency
WANT Lean Coffees - more interaction
WANT Alternate Center City and Suburbs, Earlier Time
WANT Backgrounds in Linked In,
WANT Meetup for posting Pictures
WANT Website improved, better sharing through Meetup
Linked In, Twitter, Facebook,
WANT Webinars , Online & Streaming of meetings
WANT Start meetings with 5 minute Lightning Talk on Agile Terms
WANT More Teams,
WANT meet new people networking first 30 minutes
WANT job seekers get to be introduced at meetings
NEED Clear Mission , why are we here , Value Add ?
NEED More volunteers
FIX Confusion about City vs. Suburbs
WHY still using AgilePhillyCoordinators@YahooGroups.com
TODO Reminders to those that have not been attending
Someone PLEASE Tell me what this means:
"LIKE: More Flexible" ( is that WANT more flexible formats ? )
What is the NOUN ? Is this scheduling or format or topic or what ?
The VERB is ambiguous. WE LIKE -or- WE WOULD LIKE.
TO Attract More Members
Announce at Other Meetings
Not at PMI ?
Advanced vs. Beginner
Testing / QA
Practical , apply to real life
Best way to implement Agile Ideas
Remote & Distributed Teams
Share Success Stories and Failures
Coaching & Scrum Masters
-= ACCEPTED: CHANGES BEING TAKEN ON at AgilePhilly - with Coordinators' response to points above
The AgilePhilly.com Website
Create and use New Agile Philly Logos based on our Blue Liberty Bell,
but showing location of West , City or Montco, Webinar
Webinars will remain the graphic of Digital Earth
The large D for AgileDelaware will remain
Keep Volume of Crosspostings up, and reduce the clutter of cute graphics
On Personal pages of Members, Add URL Links for custom pointers to
Linked In , About.Me , Personal Blogs , work ,
Noone picked up on Member Pictures which Board thinks should be required
Open Up AgilePhilly Coordinator Listserv like it was many years ago.
( However,there are some emails about recruiters that should remain private.
Also, we stopped recording meetings when members wanted to feel free to complain about bosses and coworkers and companies.)
Should we get a premium Linked In account for communicating back to individual members.
( Try using the Free Trial at Linked In )
Our Meetings - Meetings usually run late now anyway.
Asking for intros by new members = some want the chance to speak or indicate looking for a job,
But we still want to put new members at ease, so how to do this easily? Read their resumes ?
Intro to Agile Terms - 5 minute Lightning Talks ? Video without sound on a loop during Mingle ? Perhaps a separate mini-meeting prior to the main event ( The Mac User Group in Paoli has always done this )
-= Recap of this Brainstorming Exercise ( Take-aways ) =-
Surprises: The facilitators became Subject Matter Experts by the end of the night.
By having constraints & vote-ables written on the tabletop, teams had to stand. And a A different energy level was apparent when standing.
Team Storming and Forming happened, and was not welcome. But is part of Self-Forming Teams. (The teams wanted structure rather than create their own.)
Please add your comments below - Be specific to the Topic or the exercise itself.