Why is it important to understand the Agile mindset?

Let’s answer this question in two steps, first starting with building an understanding of an Agile mindset.

Step 1: What is an Agile mindset?

There are two explanations that have helped me to understand it. 

Definition 1- An Agile mindset is an approach to managing uncertainty (Ahmad Sidky)

  • Fail fast and learn fast that results in seeking learning opportunities
  • Decreasing uncertainty by exploring and learning
  • Learn and explore in an efficient way
  • Empower individuals and teams to use the collective wisdom

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Talk: Let’s make meetings greater again – An introduction to Agile Team Facilitation

How would you rate the meetings you have attended in the past? 1-5 stars. What did you like and what you wanted to improve? How was the participation and were you able to achieve its objective(s)? How was the decision made?

If you want to make your meetings greater again then this session is for you! Manager, Coach, Scrum Master, Product Owner, Technical Lead and any other role involved in organizing meetings.

This talk is an introduction to facilitating meetings effectively. let it be in an agile or non-agile environment. Team Facilitation done correctly can act as a powerful tool to create a safe environment to foster innovation where people can share ideas and feel more involved.

  1. What is Facilitation?
  2. What’s in the tool-box?
  3. Understanding Team and Meeting dynamics
  4. What are the different models available to keep in mind?

Replay the talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbxw8u9QZoo

Slides: https://www.slideshare.net/devork/let…

My personal reflection on brain-based instruction and effective training design and delivery

In this post, I will compare and contrast what I knew about brain-based instruction and effective training design and delivery before I attended “Training from the BACK of the Room” with what I now know. (I am also a Certified Trainer for this course).

What were some assumptions I made about effective instruction that has changed since I took the class? How will these changes affect the ways I instruct others now?

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Car Retrospective Model

Are you using any metaphor in your Retrospective meetings?

Using Metaphors in our conversations can help us to understand an object, conversation or action from a different perspective. They can also serve as a powerful tool leading us to think in new or a different way.

This post describes a Car Retrospective Model, a model to talk about Team weather, what is slowing a team down, Team or Sprint Fuel, Sprint Goals and possible improvements for the team.

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Talk: A nerd’s story from developing software to developing people – An Agile coaching journey

Regional Scrum Gathering, March 2019 India talk (given in the form of a webinar)

Replay the talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6CCiv3Z0iY

Slides: https://www.slideshare.net/devork/an-agile-coaching-journey-khurram-bhatti-rsg-india-2019

Talk Description

In 2003, I started my first internship at a small company. It was simple and yet amazing to integrate different open source products into a working solution to provide customer value.

It was not a picture cut into the puzzle pieces and ready to assemble again, however, it required some code understanding and interface tweaks to make the user application flow smoother and easier.

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Talk: How to use Sprint Retrospective to create a continuous improvement culture

The talk covered the following points.

  • Why Sprint Retrospective is key to continuous improvement in your Team and organization?
  • What different Retrospective models you can use?
  • How to Facilitate a Sprint Retrospective meeting For demonstration,

We will select one model and do Retrospective for the session.

Replay Pakistan Agile Scrum Exchange (PASE) talk recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szkODE9Q004