The 20/80 End

On the Gemba Panta Rei blog post, Jon Miller says, “20% celebration, 80% reflection. In order to do kaizen right you have to celebrate your victories over waste. You need to make it fun.”

Agile Retrospectives

Get smart first, then collaborate

In a Sept 26 blog post, Bob Sutton, co-author of Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths and Total Nonsense, refers to five points he’s learned about teaching people to innovate. Point number 1?

“1. Producing smart individuals is the first step; teaching them to collaborate is the second step.”

Just a small reminder to all the smart folks :-) about our “Secrets of Agile Teamwork: Beyond Technical Skills” public workshop coming up in December. (Check out the sidebar under Events.) It’s where Esther Derby and I share our focus on collaboration and the skills Agile teams need to inspect, adapt,...


Human Connections

As I surf the web-o-sphere, I continually look for clues and keys to effective collaboration for teams. This morning I found Power of Two on Wray Herbert's blog We're only human .

In this post, Herbert muses on Seinfeld's Close Talker and other social skills and points us to a new book by Daniel Goldman.


Anonymous Cards

At a recent users group meeting, I heard about a retrospective activity someone created. It wasn't an activity I would use as described (which is why I'm not more specific about who and where), but I thought it had possibilities. It's based on the idea of asking team members to write thoughts on index cards anonymously.

I've seen a number of variations on this theme. One I've led many times at the start of a retrospective I call "Sense of the Room" (included below).

This new activity lends itself to the Gathering Data focus of a retrospective. For want of a better...

Agile Retrospectives

Fundamentally Agile

My theory which is mine. (Thank you Monty Python.)

It's only a theory and I haven't developed a test for it yet. Though I'd like some suggestions on how to do so.

My theory is: iterative development + daily stand-up meetings + frequent retrospectives +a culture that supports learning = eventual invention of a home-grown fully Agile approach.

The extended version: IF you have a project and a project team in an organizational culture that supports learning, and IF the project team is made up of people of good will, doing their "prime directive best"* on an ongoing basis,...