Nebraska.Code() Sessions tagged scrum

Agile Foundations

Agile is all around us. We see agile in small and large software teams. We see groups holding standups, using Kanban boards, and conducting retrospectives. IT and business teams are asked to do more with less and get it done quicker…and agile is the answer to all of that. Is it really the silver bullet? Will we get to our goals if we adopt agile practices? Do we know if we're doing things in a way that will help us?

An agile implementation based on incomplete or erroneous information may be creating as many issues as it solves. We may be doing twice the work to "transform" to agile without seeing any tangible benefits. In the end, we fail in our goals and we're ready to go back to what we know best.

But what if it isn't that hard? What if we just need a bit of core knowledge, a chance to practice, and a safe environment where we can ask the questions that will move the needle?

The team leading this workshop organizes Lincoln's agileLNK Meetup group (https://www.meetup.com/agileLNK/). At this workshop, we will demonstrate several agile techniques, explain when to use them (and when not to), and discuss the foundational agile principals behind each one. Every team uses standup meetings, right? What if not everyone is in the same time zone…or hemisphere? You will learn how to use familiar agile activities, but also why to use them and what alternatives fit better in different situations.

Common agile topics we will cover during the session: * Sprints/iterations * Standups * Backlogs * Retrospectives * Metrics * Self-organizing teams * Kanban * Scrum

We will have plenty of informal interaction time as well. Have a tough question or need advice? No problem. We're here to help!

Speakers

Rob Nickolaus

Rob Nickolaus

Sr. Manager, Software Engineering, Helix by Q2
John Roby

John Roby

Scrum Master

What's the point? Lessons from the Agile Ball Point Game

The Agile Ball Point Game is a fun and exciting way for development teams to explore process flow and gain insights into team interactions. Over the last year, I have administered the Agile Ball Point Game with elementary children, high school young adults and professional adults. Watching and observing these interactions has provided valuable insights in how teams interact, how teams should be structured and what works on teams.

This session will explore and introduce the Agile Ball Point Game, followed by an analysis of what was learned from playing this game with others. Topics will include the significance of suggestion, the value of diverse team composition and the importance of unconventional thinking on teams. The value of micro-optimization will be explored.

Additionally, the concepts of agile gaming will be introduced and expanded on.

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Speaker

Nick Hershberger

Nick Hershberger

Information Technology Development & Integration Manager, Ameritas

Secret Backlogs

A curious observation occurred during sprints. My Product Owner (and good friend) would be rushing off to meeting or constantly stressing about work that wasn’t planned. Our Tech Lead (and good friend) and I concluded, he had a Secret Backlog in addition to the team’s Product Backlog.

A Secret Backlog is composed of the things that are desperately important to an individual, but the team or leadership cannot be influenced to work on them. These backlog items have real consequences and strict due dates. They can have significant financial impact if not executed properly or prudently. On the surface these projects require a specific skill set usually only found in the owner. Accordingly, the owner enjoys doing this work making the habit self-reinforcing and addictive.

This presentation hopes to provide clues about Secret Backlogs, allow space for participants to discover them in their companies, and provide the skills to help remediate.

Speaker

Chris Chung

Chris Chung

Software Delivery Manager, Spreetail