This became so much and was so good that I publish it as a separate post.
After pretty disappointing morning I’m hoping that Dan North will bring things back to great – as most of the day was yesterday.
OK – our hall is filling up. Dan is smiling. Could be fun. Here are some quotes:
- A manager in a crappy system with a certificate is still a manager in a crappy system
- Certified$crumMa$ter :)
- Check out the Satir change model to understand peoples reluctance to change
- Think of the different stages of the Dreyfus model
- “75% of uncoached Scrum projects will fail” – Ken Schweiber
- Get a build/continuous integration! Because flushing out the problems around that process flesh out a lot of problems
- Automate tests! Introduce assumptions test to test legacy code. Assumptions test is a way to document your assumptions on the legacy code.
- Understand Deliberate Discovery around the domain, the architecture and the people.
- Rolling wave planning – only break the imminent stories to details.
- Get good a writing stories; break features into stories, have them concisely small and then each story size is 1 story. Here he made a reference to “A slackers guide on project tracking”
- WaterScrum – your sprint are too long Which gets you all the downsides of both Agile and Waterfall…
- Go to one week sprints. Identify what hurts and fix it! Plan –> Do –> Check –> Act
- “I love failing. Its fun and is a great opportunity to learn”
- Spent money is spent (on investment in tooling/processes) – instead think of the impact on effectiveness.
- Build trust with the business – demonstrate and celebrate success, demonstrate transparency
- Remember to get the “What’s in it for me!” to all parts of your value chain; operations, test, business, corporate and developers.
- Projects (and their management) will not pay for change… “Not on my budget!”. Solve this by getting the project management responsible for the system lifecycle and make small changes frequently
- Introduce a strategic change pot of money that transcends projects
- On architects in Ivory towers: “I don’t write code anymore – Don’t you see my long white beard?” :D
- Get the architect into the teams as consultants. Reward them for sharing knowledge.
- Stewart leadership – leadership by getting coffee.
- Integrate tester into the team and invest in automated testing.
- Systematic change requires systemically change
- “A bad system will beat a good person every time.” – Edward Deming
I’ve run into many of these problems and thought hard on much of the solutions but this was so crisp and good.