by James Ross
"A smash hit at Agile Australia."
The Theory of Constraints (TOC) is a large body of knowledge that has a lot in common with Agile and Lean, but for some reason is not well known in Agile circles. TOC brings good news and bad news - the good news is that you can learn how to focus on process improvements that provide the biggest bang for buck and they're easier than you think. The bad news is that nothing you are currently doing might be making the slightest difference, despite all your positive change metrics. Find out how that can possibly be, and discover a whole new perspective on Agile.
by Jason Yip
Pretty much the opposite of Agile 101. A summary of more edgy and obscure Agile ideas and practices that you may find useful.
Change is complicated - most organisational change initiatives involve not only newer practices and processes, but a shift in the company's culture.
When faced with this challenge, most organisations choose a top down approach, aiming to create an artificial environment where change happens, but in a controlled manner. They propose an unfair deal, asking their employees to support change, but only the the one management is putting forward.
This presentation is going to discuss how this approach is doomed to failure and why management should give up control and embrace change, fostering an innovative environment where it will naturally happen.
The core premise of Design Thinking is that the problem with most design is that it answers the wrong problem. It issues the challenge that we need to stop thinking we know the answer before we know what the question is.
This session will begin with a couple of examples of design thinking at work before putting my favourite design thinking tool into practice by giving participants a chance to try their hands at putting together an empathy map.
How can you “go live” in just six weeks?
What can you do to work out the smallest valuable minimum viable product?
Come and hear about how a team runs wild with no corporate constraints, delivering an online campaign platform for www.livebelowtheline.com from concept to market in just a couple of months.
In this session I will talk about my experience of being a business analyst for the ThoughtWorks team when we partnered with The Oaktree Foundation and Global Poverty Project (GPP) to deliver the global fundraising platform for the Live Below the Line campaign in just a few months.
I will share my experience of facilitating the one week inception with our clients who were not only distributed around the world but were also completely new to software development. I will talk about how we helped them further understand the business model behind Live Below the Line and how software could enable them to run a successful online campaign. I’ll describe how we included the client in estimation poker to help them understand the complexity behind software development and build trust between them and the delivery team, how we used a story mapping activity to help them understand their minimum viable product given their short time frames and how we used kanban to continuously adapt and reprioritise using a continuous design and delivery model throughout the duration of the project.
This is going to be a talk based in the experience and lessons learned in a real life project. The focus will be on how the techniques actually played out, looking at the benefits but also challenges associated with them.
Participants will benefit from:
We will focus on how the Cynefin framework can be used with Agile and Lean.
Unsure what a Lean Start-up is and want to know more?
Think that Lean Start-ups are just for entrepreneurs?
Learn from people in the field using the Lean Start-up techniques what they are doing, where the challenges are in applying it and how to think small.
27th July 2012