Agile Community of Thinkers Conference – Invitation

Last week I got invited to attend the “Community of Thinkers” conference hosted by Rally in Boulder, Colorado on May 10-11. It looks like this is the first time Rally will be holding a conference like this and is also invitation only. They want to explore Agile, Kanban, Continuous Flow, as well as Rally and AgileZen tools.  It also looks like the goal of the conference is to build a community through sharing, teaching and learning. Rally’s coaches, product and technical account management teams will host this event and it is limited to 150 guests.

Rally created this conference to help the entire Agile community, amplify your professional development and expand your social media presence. This is an open-space conference, a social web-storm, a party, a community philanthropy project and a gathering of some of the best and brightest Agile practitioners on the planet. It is not what you think of as a typical software users conference.

Rally’s goal is to create an interactive site of stories about Agile in the enterprise that will benefit the entire community. The conference sessions will be facilitated and focused on face-to-face interaction amplified by social media. The results of these sessions and dialogues will be professionally crafted to form a knowledge base of adoption stories and patterns open to the entire community.

Rally believe this knowledge base will be invaluable for all of us to extend the benefits of Agile beyond multi-team execution and to increase the professionalism in our industry. We are trying to capture insights from 10 years of Agile application from some of the best practitioners in the world.


(Drum roll) The Results are in!

Last month we sent out a survey to employees that are currently following the scrum framework, and the results are awesome! I created a survey similar to Yahoo! rollout of agile because I wasn’t 100% sure what to measure or ask. Some of the people taking the survey have been doing Scrum for years while half of them have just transition over the last year.

Below are the results. My favorite question is the last one, “If you were king for the day, would you continue to use Scrum?” 100% said YES! I have never seen 100% of a group agree on anything. Simply awesome.


So what is next you as, now it is time to roll agile out to a larger group. Over the next month I’ll start to blog about the transition from small group to enterprise agility. Stay Tuned!

Day 22 – Food Friday

We are two months away from our production release and, like always, I try to find a way to motivate the team to reach the finish line. So I have turned Friday’s into Food Friday. Three people each week will bring in food and share it with the rest of the team. Last Friday was a big hit as I brought in the famous Chad’s Hot and Sweet Salsa. Below is a picture of the setup.

Here is the recipe if you are interested in feeding your agile team:

  • Bunch of cilantro
  •  2 cans of crushed pineapple
  • 1 large can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 smaller size chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small white onions
  • 2-4 habaneras (hotter the better for our team)
  • 4 bell peppers
  • 4-7 jalapenos

Also, here is a picture of us at our daily scrum pointing at the board. As you can see we now have two boards. If we could only take down those cubical walls, things would be easier to see but we make due.

It makes me tingle now to here the team say things like, “maybe we should finish these before we start new stuff,” or “you test my changes and I’ll test yours so that we can get these cards done.”

Overall, things continue to improve and we will make changes as we start our next release.

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Waterfall into Scrum

Here is a presentation I made to management today about how scrum correlates into our current waterfall process. Overall, I thought the presentation went great, especially when they gave us approval to move forward. BIG WIN!