• ๐Ÿฆ  Team Cognitive Load ๐Ÿฆ  and Team Topologies - with Manuel Pais

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    Agile software Teams loose flow of delivery. They have too little time to solve the real business problems. This implies ineffective software delivery and ineffective software systems.

    We see an increase in burn downs, negative stress, etc. which was most certainty not what was intended when introducing the Agile Manifesto.

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    What on earth does all this have to with how we define and organize our agile teams?
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    One goal is software that fits in our heads and team topologies that fit our teams, businesses and products. The advice is now to take a SOCIO-TECHNICAL approach to building software systems.

    Manuel Pais, co-author of the highly-acclaimed book on Team Topologies (IT Revolution, 2019) has kindly accepted AgilityLab's invitation to shed some more light on this.

    A war has started on "monolith vs microservices" and discussions rise around topics such as what is the optimal size of software. Is it really true that "Software that is 'too big for our heads' works against organizational agility"?

    It is claimed that agile software teams are hit by an increase in the so-called ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ, i.e. the total amount of mental effort being used in the working memory (ref. psychologist John Sweller, 1998).

    We wish to decrease the load spent on the irrelevant stuff of how to do things and instead increase the time spent on focusing on the business focus on the problem we're there to solve.

    According to the authors of the book Team Topologies (๐—ง๐—ง), Manuel Pais and Matthew Skelton, "we should limit the size of software products/services to the cognitive load the team can handle".

    You may want to prepare your questions to Manuel already now.



    1. Welcome & introduction
    2. We warm up with TT related wicked problems (facilitators)
    3. Manuel Pais: ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€
    4. Q&A
    5. Wrap-up and evaluation


    ๐—˜๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ, ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ
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    Manuel Pais is co-author of Team Topologies: organizing business and technology teams for fast flow.
    Recognized by TechBeacon as a DevOps thought leader, Manuel is an independent IT organizational consultant and trainer, focused on team interactions, delivery practices and accelerating flow. Manuel is also a LinkedIn instructor on Continuous Delivery.

    Manuel has been in the industry since 2000, having worked as developer, tester, release manager and QA lead before he started consulting on DevOps in 2015. He has worked on a range of technologies (Java, .Net, web, mobile), industries (banking, telecom, legal, manufacturing, defense and aviation) and countries (Belgium, Portugal, Spain, UK).

    As a consultant, Manuel has helped small and large organizations in finance, legal, manufacturing, and software vendors improve their software delivery and their metrics on quality, speed and operability.

    Manuel helps organizations rethink their approach to software delivery, operations and support via strategic assessments, practical workshops, and coaching.

    Manuel holds a BSc in Computer Science from the Instituto Superior Tรฉcnico and an MSc in Software Engineering from the Carnegie Mellon University.

    Twitter: @manupaisable
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/manuelpais/

    We're looking forward to seing you at an exciting talk and interactive Q&A session with Manuel.

    Leise Passer Jensen and Torsten Hansen, AgilityLab organizers

  • Versatile Organization Design with the unFIX Model - with Jurgen Appelo

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    We have asked ๐Ÿ…น๐Ÿ†„๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ…ถ๐Ÿ…ด๐Ÿ…ฝ ๐Ÿ…ฐ๐Ÿ…ฟ๐Ÿ…ฟ๐Ÿ…ด๐Ÿ…ป๐Ÿ…พ to introduce the unFIX model.

    ๐Ÿ…น๐Ÿ†„๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ…ถ๐Ÿ…ด๐Ÿ…ฝ starts his introduction to the talk by asking:
    "๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต 3.0, ๐˜š๐˜ˆ๐˜๐˜ฆ, ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜บ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜š๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜บ ๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ?"

    and ๐Ÿ…น๐Ÿ†„๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ…ถ๐Ÿ…ด๐Ÿ…ฝ continues:
    "๐‘Š๐‘’๐‘™๐‘™, ๐‘–๐‘กโ€™๐‘  ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ก โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘โ„Ž ๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ค๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘™๐‘‘ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”: ๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘”๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘–๐‘ง๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘  ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘ค๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘˜๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘‘๐‘ข๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘  ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘œ ๐‘ค๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘˜ ๐‘“๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘š ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ฆ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’, ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘œ ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘š ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘š๐‘  ๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘“๐‘™๐‘ฆ, ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘œ ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘  ๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘’๐‘ฅ๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘’๐‘›๐‘๐‘’ (๐ถ๐‘‹), ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘œ ๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘š ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘œ๐‘๐‘—๐‘’๐‘๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘ก๐‘ , ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘˜๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘Ž ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘™๐‘’ ๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘“๐‘ข๐‘› ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘š๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘™๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘ ."

    ๐Ÿ…ฝ๐Ÿ…พ๐Ÿ†† : Letโ€™s unFIX our organizations!

    The unFIX model is a simple tool that helps you with versatile organization design. Unlike many agile scaling frameworks and self-management methods, unFIX has its focus on continuous innovation and the human experience. It facilitates gradual change, dynamic teams, and an important role to play for managers.

    Aส™แดแดœแด› Jแดœส€ษขแด‡ษด Aแด˜แด˜แด‡สŸแด

    Jurgen calls himself a creative networker. But sometimes heโ€™s a writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, illustrator, manager, blogger, reader, dreamer, leader, freethinker, orโ€ฆ Dutch guy. Inc.com has called him a Top 50 Leadership Expert and a Top 100 Leadership Speaker. From 2008, Jurgen wrote a popular blog at NOOP.NL, offering ideas on the creative economy, agile management, organizational change, and personal development. He is the author of the book Management 3.0, which describes the role of the manager in agile organizations; How to Change the World, which describes a supermodel for change management; Managing for Happiness, which offers you practical ideas to engage workers, improve work, and delight clients; and Startup, Scaleup, Screwup, which dives into the major topics that business leaders and entrepreneurs are confronted with throughout the business lifecycle.

  • What's ๐Ÿฆ  Comic about Agilรฉ ๐Ÿฆ ? With Luxshan Ratnaravi and Mikkel Noe-Nygaard

    Come and meet the fantastic duo of Comic Agilรฉ, Luxshan and Mikkel.

    They will publish their next release 2 of Comic Agilรฉ in November 2022, so chances are high that you will be the first to hear some of their newest tragi-comic strips here in AgilityLab.

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    This duo have kindly accepted AgilityLab's invitation to take our members through their ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ท๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜† of their globally popular strips with agile ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ-๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐˜€ and ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ told through the format of tragi-comic strips.
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    Topics to be covered include

    • why companies *really* go agile
    • why Scrum implementations fail
    • what SAFe is actually all about
    • how Management misunderstands what 'empowerment' really means
    • and many other relatable topics communicated in an entertaining and enlightening way.

    They will also emphasize how to avoid the depicted mistakes, so the audience can reflect on their current agile practices and learn how to improve them.

    ๐—˜๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ, ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ
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    Mikkel and Luxshan's mission is to expose what happens when agile meets reality, so we can all learn from it. Having collectively worked with agile teams for more than 20 years , the duo's real-life frustrations with agile transformations lead them to create agile comic strips, under the name Comic Agilรฉ.

    The huge popularity of Comic Agilรฉ lead to the two partners-in-crime to publish a book with their strips and advice for how to manage the anti-patterns, paradoxes and misunderstandings that inevitable occur when everyone wants to be "agile", but nobody wants to make the needed changes.

    With almost 50,000 agile-professional followers on LinkedIn and more than 5,000 copies of their first book sold globally (the second book is published in November 2022), Mikkel and Luxshan are now taking their 'edutainment' concept to the next level with talks, provoking enterprises, conferences and communities to reflect on their own agile practices in the spirit of continuous improvement.

    ๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐˜…๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ holds a MSc in Software Engineering and is an Enterprise Agile Coach with the Danish financial software solutions provider Bankdata. He's constantly on a mission of improving the status quo from his position between being an agile ideologist and a pragmatic problem-solver.

    ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—ฒ-๐—ก๐˜†๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ holds an MA in Architecture with a background in sustainable buildings and a speciality in Communications Design, but has always been working with user experience in software, now within sustainable energy at Vestas.

    We look forward to welcome Luxshan and Mikkel and our AgilityLab members to a fun and interactive session.

    Leise Passer Jensen & Torsten Hansen, AgilityLab organizers