- Continuous Delivery: Not what your organization thinks it is
On our last meetup, the conversation around continuous delivery raised interest and we decided to talk more about it. Recently Ardi and Cheezy had a keynote about this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFRoY7IwsY8 We want to run it as a question/answer style so this is your chance to bring the questions you have, the doubts that are preventing you to take the first step and challenges you are facing in this path.
- Continuous delivery and Collaboration with Lean Cappuccino
From the name you can guess that is is inspired by Lean Coffee. Come to the next Agile Ontario Meetup to learn a simple, powerful technique that you can take back with you to your workplace. Alistair will share the origin story for Lean Cappuccino and guide us through two rounds of Lean Cappuccino. The first topic that will be discussed is Technical Innovation with Cheezy and Ardita's keynote at Technical Agility Conference in Bangalore, July 26 The second topic that will be discussed is with Perla about Collaboration within agile teams, as the heart of working well and building good products Reference on Lean Cappuccino: https://medium.com/nulogy/lean-cappuccino-a-better-way-to-do-q-a-af16e430e7c1
- Planning and managing work the Agile way
We don’t need planning, we’re agile! How many times have you heard this being thrown around like a universal truth? Unfortunately, it’s a myth. Working with short term vision, chaotically prioritizing work and constantly changing direction is not what we value. As teams & delivery organizations, how do we manage work and balance the need to deliver predictability, meeting outcomes whilst learning and being responsive. Should we measure success? Join us to discuss these topics and offer options/experiences on how to manage work.
- Optimizing Team & Corporate behaviour for more efficient Agile adoption
As Innovative and early adopters have come a long way in transitioning to working in more agile ways, how have traditional organizations and their people changed for better and for worse? Acceleration of agile practices have changed the needed skills and responsibilities of many classic roles such as the BA and PM. How has this impacted organization at different levels? How can we better prepare others and ourselves with the skills, traits, abilities to overcome common and surprising obstacles? Join us as we explore this topic to explore these changes, the impacts, and areas to invest in others and ourselves, in order to optimize agile adoption for product-driven organizations and at scale
- Metrics for teams
Many of our teams are measured in one way or another. Still, there is often a lack of data to identify why things are not working as they should, what the problem is, etc.… Implementing the wrong metrics, measuring in a certain way or simply not understanding what question the metric answers can all contribute to this lack of insight. In this workshop, we explore delivery metrics at large and help attendees gain new perspectives into their team’s delivery performance through a healthy mix of theory and hands-on activities related to measurement and metrics.
- Managing Jerks
It doesn't take much to find yourself thinking that person you are interacting with is "such a jerk". In this workshop, we'll explore one conflict resolution strategy that enables stronger engagement with people that are challenging. You select who... your boss, co-worker... In summary, the approach involves deferring judgement, working from yourself, building understanding and seeking clarity. Two tools we will explore together on Saturday are identity and positional power. These are part of a toolkit to build more cross-connections that reduce conflict helping you engage and sometimes change the game.
- What is an Agile Coach?
What makes someone an Agile Coach? How do I become an Agile Coach? Is Agile Coaching the exclusive domain of coaches? What’s the difference between Agile Coaching and simply coaching? How does an Agile Coach manage ‘upwards’? What exactly is coaching anyways? Join us to explore these questions and many more. We will use the Agile Coaching Institute’s (ACI) Competency framework to explore the different domains of an Agile Coach. We will step through the different stances of an Agile Coach and give you the opportunity to try them on. Through this experience, you will start to understand and become conscious of your stance. When you are aware and at choice about your stance, you will help teams, leaders and organizations grow. We will have time for stories from the trenches and Q&A as well. If you want a sneak peek: Agile Coaching is more than a job title - this session is for everyone including Agile Coaches, ScrumMasters, team leaders, people managers, team members, and anyone else who you work with Learning objectives: Being able to explain each of the pieces of the ACI Competency Framework, and identifying where your strengths lie Understanding when it is powerful to use the different stances of an Agile Coach for the sake of the success of the team Know how to grow and expand your Agile Coaching skills Bio Mike Edwards is a sought after executive and leadership coach with more than 30 years working with organizational change. Mike has a unique way to make it safe so you can move forward despite what’s happening all around you. Mike has worked with companies and leaders across North America. Through providing leaders a solid foundation of awareness, and challenging the status quo he has helped leaders achieve more than they thought possible. Mike is a faculty member with the Agile Coaching Institute’s - Agile Coaching Competency Cohort Program. Mike is a regular speaker at conferences around the world. Mike also shares his thoughts on leadership and organizational change through his blog at leadingforchange.ca and as well as other publications.
- How to use conflict to create flow
Conflict is normal and powerful. How we respond to conflict determines whether conflict divides us, increase costs, reduce flow, and increases the need for authority and control; OR whether conflict connects us, moves us toward empowerment, decreases costs, and increases flow (probably service flow - let's discuss). In this workshop you will 1) explore conflict and its potential impacts, good and bad; 2) work on your response to conflict and 3) if time, begin to design processes that embrace conflict.
- Biases: what are and how to deal with them at work/teams
Biases are well recognized as causing lots of problems and inadequate solutions. How many times have you been part of a team where biases created serious limitations? Sometimes the limiting biases were clear to some people during the project, and sometimes the biases are not clear until after the project is complete. What can we do about biases? Why do smart people have biases? Why do talented professionals let biases interfere with their work? And why is it that so many good people cannot change their biases ... even if they genuinely want to? In January's Agile Ontario MeetUp, Catarina will lead a group discussion: - What are biases you've experienced? What do you think was the root of those biases? - What are biases? How are biases formed? And why are they so difficult to change? - How we can deal with biases, whether it's other people's biases ... or our own?
- Innovating with Hypotheses and Experiments
Often we need to create solutions with very little information or knowledge in hand. We don't have user stories to write since we do not know what user's goals might be. We are not the kind of teams that give up. But what do we do? Let's discover more about our challenge by using hypothesis. If you have used hypothesis before, we want to hear from you. If you haven't, this is your chance to learn! All you got to do is have a hypothesis about this session!