Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fwd: Beyond Hiring

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From: "Sabarsky, Leon (GovCIO)" <Leon.Sabarsky@va.gov>
Date: October 10, 2017 at 7:20:03 AM CDT
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Subject: Beyond Hiring


Friday, October 6, 2017

Scaling Agile: First Steps session


Attached are photos of the notes and participants list from my session at Agile Open Florida. 

Thanks for a great event! 

All the best,
Anitra Pavka 

All the best,
Anitra Pavka
mobile: 785-218-7930

Do We Need Estimates? #NoEstimates

Topic Title: Do We Need Estimates? #NoEstimates

Initiator: Beth Galambos, PO, Healthesystems

Participants: Ryan Dorrell, Isa Jelez, Marilyn Brislin, Kate Leonardo, Bill Somerville, Sherrie Hanrahan, Patrick McClain, Liliana Talice, Prachi, Gordon Ridge, Riccardo Reimers, Ruchir Shah, Linda Cook, Bashanth Prasannathiotha

Discussion Highlights:
  • High/medium/low confidence on estimates 
    • Seen by business as 'scientific' 
  • Minimal business increment (MBI) 
    • What MUST go out the door to be value to the user 
  • Why even bother with estimating? 
    • Dev teams debating point values 
    • Teams may overestimate if there is a penalty for being 'wrong' in their estimates 
    • They have to learn, especially if coming from a waterfall environment 
  • Fixed vs variable outcome deliveries 
    • Fixed - more time estimating 
    • Variable - less valuable estimating 
  • Larger efforts not focusing on risk and project management, but should 
  • Customer education is important because some think that it's about 'more and faster' 
    • What it's really about is eliminating waste 
  • Who gets involved with estimating? 
    • Whole team, part of team? 
    • High level - representatives of the team 
    • Detailed - the whole team 
  • Retrospecting on stories' estimates 
    • How did we do on that estimate now that the work is done? 
Ideas for Action/Next Steps:
  • Anchor stories - bring a 3 pointer and 5 pointer to refinement/planning and point all stories compared in size to the anchor stories 
  • Kanban - try using a mean or average point value for every story. Do this if you have data to support it.

Agile Metrics - Light weight and relevant

Topic Title: Agile Metrics - Light weight and relevant

Initiator: Prashanth Prasannathirtha

Participants: Kevin Krieger, Suzanne Layne

Discussion Highlights:

What metrics are easy to produce and valuable to key stakeholders?

  • story points per sprint - this helps product owner to understand capacity of team and helps in future planning
  • Number of support hours spent by the team - This helps to understand the average time spent by team for support activities and provides inputs for sprint planning
  • number of releases per time period - this shows how quickly team can release features to production
  • sprint burn down charts - helps team to understand their progress. Not for management reporting
  • release burn up charts - in case of projects, this kind of chart shows the progress at end of each sprint. Helps to understand the overall health.
Additional discussion points
  • Comparing velocity across teams is not needed as velocity is specific to a team. 
  • defects in non-prod environment is not relevant to end user
  • if you have long running teams, the is better awareness of team's capacity and better trust between PO and teams. This will eliminate need for lot of metrics.
  • automation helps you to improve predictability and reduces manual metrics
  • some of the tools generates reports automatically

Ideas for Action/Next Steps: