Saturday, May 31, 2014

Launching the Release Train

The release train model is effective for coordinating efforts of multiple, tightly integrated teams toward a short-term delivery. Here’s some insight’s from the train launching in a real companies.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Jaw-dropping moments (awe) - Will develop you to new heights.

 Awe is what we feel when faced with something sublime, exceptional, or altogether beyond comprehension. It has an effect on decision-making and well-being. It can arise at any time in anything when we see it as it truly is. Most people tend to ignore it, because they are having difficulties overcoming the ordinary. Regularly engaging with inspiring content, stories, ideas and people will help you experience awe more frequently, which in turn will inspire you to new heights.  They are inseparable and necessary for long-term self-growth.

Using risk management Monte Carlo simulation for decision making

"Monte Carlo simulation lets you see all the possible outcomes of your decisions and assess the impact of risk, allowing for better decision making under uncertainty." 

Mob programming - How can 5+ people be effective working on 1 thing?

Mob programming (Woody Zuill ) , the ER of developing software..  "Takes agile to a new extreme where several people (more than two) work together to write code...resulting in very high quality code!” But beware: mob programming is only for those that really want to deliver stuff really, really fast. And with the highest quality possible. The rest of us cannot handle it."

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Why limit wip - Working better within constraints

“One of Kanban's main principles is to limit the work in progress. A WIP limit is a strategy for preventing bottlenecks  Limiting WIP leads to a virtuous cycle of improvement-  Multi tasking goes down, feedback goes up, errors are easier to catch, work becomes easier to break up into smaller prices, which makes it easier to limit WIP, which mean multi tasking goes down, etc, etc,etc “

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Agile Incremental Development of Complex Data and Algorithms

How should we treat algorithm and data while splitting stories and managing backlogs?

backlog priority workshop - snake approach

In this project we had just come out of a couple of workshops to create a backlog of stories. We got together with the main stakeholders with the objective to create an ordered backlog. 

Agile UX and product design techniques

"To create great products, Agile methods need to incorporate user experience design in a way that is synergistic with software engineering. Achieving this will require that both developers and UX designers rethink a few assumptions. " here are some tips used by professionals integrating UX and design with agile.

What’s the return on investment of automation?

One of the questions to ask when looking at automation testing software is "What it’s ROI?"  A short answer may be “Anything that reduces the resource (people) hours required to accomplish any given task keeping the quality in tack”. In agile environment there are many aspects we can look at that increases that ROI.  Some of the activates included constant feedback over  quality (which is cheaper),  many types and level of effective and efficient testing  , tools,  a collaborative and quality oriented mindset , which all (and more) reduces the return on investment of the operation.

learnning scrum and Product Backlog exercises for teams

Friday, May 23, 2014

Different Approaches for Product Backlog Grooming

"The purpose of backlog grooming is to keep the product backlog up to date and clean. Scrum doesn’t prescribe how you should do backlog grooming, and different approaches are used by product owners and teams to do this." - Ben Linders

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Backfire effect -"Never let the facts get in the way of a good story"

The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion draws all things else to support and agree with it. And though there be a greater number and weight of instances to be found on the other side, yet these it either neglects and despises, or else-by some distinction sets aside and rejects, in order that by this great and pernicious predetermination the authority of its former conclusion may remain inviolate
- Francis Bacon

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Ways To Use The Wheel of Life in Your Coaching Practice

The “Wheel of Life” is a powerful coaching tool –it is one of the most flexible coaching tool in our coaching toolbox.  The “Wheel of Life” can be used in many different ways! Its an excellent tool to feedback about many areas of life, set meaningful goals, see how far our client has come, analyze current and future expectations , skills and knowledge gap identification and many more and it can also be fun:) Here are some exercises and good step by step practical examples.


Wikispeed Using Scrum - A car you can change, over and over

Taken agile and scrum techniques from the software world Wikispeed able to create a fast production line and build an awesome speed car .In this Roojoom you will find who they are , what did they use and their CSM course. Enjoy :)

Cold Reading - I can know all about you and you R the one letting me.

Cold reading is the ability to gain information about someone without that person realizing that they are actually giving up the information themselves. Its  where a complete stranger can tell you lots about yourself without being psychic. Their relay on few techniques and tricks reveals all about you and it’s not really clever.  Some consider it as fraud Knowing those techniques may help you identify the fraud .

Friday, May 16, 2014

Why You So Often Ignore Great Advice?

Sometimes, it’s when we need the advice the most that we latch onto our old beliefs and hold on tight. Sometimes we reject the advice while rationalizing our way to keeping our current views strong. Why don’t we want to improve? 
Don’t we want to succeed? 
Don’t we want to learn from other experience and save some ourselves some truly horrible mistakes?
Why does it happen? 
Here are some of them. But (and there’s a BUT) there are also good reasons not to accept advice.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Poka-yoke (ポカヨケ?) -prevents avoidable mistakes from occurring

POKA- ‘Inadvertent mistake that anyone can make’ and YOKE- ‘To prevent or proof’ . 
Poka-yoke deals with understanding why people make errors and how to analyze the process to know where errors are likely to occur. Poka-yoke detect errors at their roots n prevent them from blowing up to become bigger  saves the cost and time spent in quality inspection processes and increase quality.  It can be implemented at any step of a process where something can go wrong or an error can be made and everywhere if it is in hospitals or even in the home.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Value cards activities

“Working through a values clarification exercise with your clients can be incredibly powerful.  Values help with identifying what goals are worthwhile moving towards and can promote a willingness to accept discomfort when working towards such goals. “ The Values Cards can assist individuals, couples, teams and organisations to explore what is truly important in life, their relationships or work. This exploration can help clarify core values and inspire positive changes.” Here are some activities with value cards.Enjoy.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Listen to your Guilt and Shame –you can use them to your benefit

Both guilt and shame are important social factors. As such, both are intrinsically tied to social situations. Our ideas about guilt and shame (what is right and wrong) come from social situations. And so does the way we can deal with it. There are ways to reduce guilt and shame, and there are also ways we can use them to our benefit. We can listen to our shame and use our guilt. The guilt we experienced can push us toward change. 

Banishing Workplace Blame

A culture of blame can create a very difficult work environment; it harms motivation, allow strong deviation from value goals and reduces productivity. To boost performance, companies might want to keep blaming others to a minimum. What can we do to stop blaming? Well, part of it is adopting an agile mindset. Using regular retrospection, small steps, small mistakes, and demo’s. Working together as a team on team issues, dealing with issues that went wrong as a team allow dealing with blame and taking it into actionable terms.

ESVP retrospective - Getting a mood reading

A crucial element for retrospective success is the attitude and feelings of the participants to the meeting in which they are required to attend. EVSP activity (Explorer-Shopper-Vacationer-Prisoner) is an ice breaker. The purpose of the EVSP activity is to help understand people’s attitudes to the retrospective and though to help focus on the work of the retrospective. Here it is…

Customer Centricity - Meet customer needs.

Advances in technology and communication, explosive growth in information, have given rise to a more empowered demanding global consumer. Customer needs should be meet more than ever.  But This does not mean doing everything customers want.  Customer Collaboration is a key principle of Agile, but is often ignored or given limited time and focus.  Companies using Agile offer a variety of benefits for their customers, and ensure that the voice of the customer is truly integrated into the business.  

NLP GOALS SETTINGS - begin with the end in mind

Outcomes are the Key to High-Performance and Outstanding Results in Work and Life. NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) has popularized the use of outcomes over the years to help people achieve better results.    Maybe the best way to think of an outcome is that it answers the question: “What do you want?” there are only few steps and principles to reach your goals. The NLP framework provides a way to capture and share very detailed patterns of behavior that help people improve their performance.

Silent (is golden) Brainstorming

Silent Brainstorming is a powerful approach combines both individual and group brainstorming.  It’s an approach established to encourage all team members to contribute to any brainstorming session. Using silence elevate the brainstorming results even more.  

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Superior Value Delivery Disciplines

What is your company doing better than anyone else? What’s the value your company provides to your customers? How can you increase that value next year? What does it take to be a leader in your market and stay there in an ever more demanding environment? Companies can gain leadership by providing superior value to these customers. There are few disciplines for superior value delivery: operational excellence, customer intimacy and product leadership.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

"impostor phenomenon" - Feel like a fraud? You're not alone.

"People are unable to internalize their accomplishments despite external avoidance of their accomplishments. They feel they don’t deserve what they achieve". They think they deceived other to believe they are competent. The fear that others will discover that you have been bluffing your way through is very real. There is also a Fear of being discredited or discovered to be a fraud. Why does it happen? And how can we overcome it?

Dunning-Kruger Effect. Nothing I do can’t possibly go wrong?! Is it?

The Dunning-Kruger effect is the finding that the poorest performers are the least aware of their own fact this effect has two parts. If your stupid this effect is great. Never letting your bad ideas slow you down. This may explain a bunch of idiot’s leaders in many areas in past few years. Or, the other side is that People underestimate their ability at stereotypically difficult tasks, leaving lots of talented people unknown. And of course , There are ways you can turn this effect  to your benefit.

Minecraft Is Shaping A Generation, And That Is A Good Thing

Encourage a videogame? With a screen? As Nick Bilton wrote in a New York Times article urging parents to calm down about Minecraft, a Stockholm school has made Minecraft a requirement for its 13-year-old students because it helped them learn to plan. With millions of users, this wildly popular game mostly involves a world in which you manipulate really really big Lego-like objects. The game requires that you build shelters and tools to fend off zombies and other predators who come out at night. This game have an enormous learning, motivation and creativity benefits. So let’s start playing.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Lean accounting -Grow the business without increasing the costs

The purpose of lean accounting is to achieve all of the financial potential of your company lean strategy. It is designed to motivate monitor and maximize lean thinking. So we achieve the maximum financial benefits both short term and long term.

Scaling Agile @ Spotify with

"Dealing with multiple teams in a product development organization is always a challenge!
One of the most impressive examples is Spotify."