Episode 84: Retrospectives in Middle Earth with Rachael Tempest Wood

P1020445Rachael Tempest Wood from Nomad8 in Wellington joins Tony and Craig in the Brisbane Queen Street Mall over lunch with a bonus busker on saxophone and they discuss:

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Episode 52: YOW! 2012 Retrospectives with Aino Vonge Corry

Aino Vonge CorryIn this episode Craig and Renee talk to Aino Vonge Corry (@apaipi) at YOW! 2012 and discuss:

  • Retrospectives
  • Design patterns
  • Trojan retrospectives
  • Enterprise retrospective patterns
  • Retrospective facilitators – part of the team?
  • Distributed retrospectives (and a plug for Linoit)
  • The importance of acknowledging success and learning
  • Women in IT

Thankyou to the YOW! 2012 conference for inviting The Agile Revolution to record podcast interviews at the conference!

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Episode 17: Bad Smell Bingo

BingoWith Tony MIA, Craig and Renee talk about bad smells, geek stuff and daily retrospectives:

Bad Smell Bingo for stand-ups:

  • Starts late
  • Not everyone turns up
  • Not enough of a quorum
  • Not standing up
  • Running over 10 minutes (too long)
  • No focus on roadblocks
  • Not touching cards
  • No understanding/association to a story
  • Talks too long (particular individual)
  • Not focussing on the three questions (What I did yesterday, What I plan on doing today and roadblocks)
  • No consistency in the way it is run
  • Too big
  • Directed to PM
  • Directed to IM/Scrum Master
  • Conversations are not off-lined
  • Conversations are off-lined too quickly
  • Risks to delivery not understood
  • No one volunteers to help
  • Too short/not meaniful enough
  • Too boring/monotonous
  • Run like a progress report
  • Functionally unrelated teams doing the standup together
  • Too many people talking at once or no stick
  • Not talking about actions for retrospectives
  • People don’t want to be there/been told to turn up

and we missed (bad smells for story walls not included)

  • Customer never/rarely turns up
  • PM unpredictably turns up and then asks questions that they could have known if they turned up to previous sessions

How to run a Bad Smell Practice Bingo game yourself:

  1. Get your team into a room. Each person needs a single piece of paper and a pen.
  2. Choose a practice to focus on.
  3. Give everyone 3-4 minutes to brainstorm bad smells associated with this practice.
  4. Randomly choose a person to go first, they read out one item on their list.
  5. If you have the item on your list give it a tick.
  6. Go around clockwise from the first person, each person reads out one of the items on their list. Continue to tick off items on your own list if you have it as it is read out.
  7. If you have 10 ticks yell Bingo!
  8. Profit.

Quotes:

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Episode 15: The Perfect World of Agile

In My Perfect WorldThe usual crew get together again:

Quotes

“Don’t mix dev ops with dev oops!”

“99% of we bapp bugs are caused by 1% of browser types #occupyinternetexplorer”

“Gartner’s analysts are predicting that by 2012 that Agile development methods will be used in 80% of projects.”

TheAgileRevolution-15 (46 minutes)

Episode 12: The New Scrum Guide

Scrum GuideBack to our usual revolutionists Craig, Tony and Renee take a look over Craig’s recent escapades at Agile 2011 and STANZ.

And so much time was spent on referring to this book or that book that we just had to link what books we unwittingly covered in what we like to call Tony’s Oprah Winfrey Bookclub!

Quotes:

“Some tribes are stuck. They embrace the status quo and drown out any tribe member who dares to question authority and the accepted order.”  – Seth Godin, Tribes

“Agile projects are like guided missiles, the customer discovers what they want, the developers discover how to build it and the things change along the way.” –  Henrik Kniberg

TheAgileRevolution-12 (49 minutes)