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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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

Balancing “Being Agile and achieving organizational goals”

Reading time (8-10 mins)

In this post, I have shared my thoughts about getting value from different frameworks while keeping the focus on achieving organizational goals.

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Question: What is more important for you and your organization?

a) Being Agile (Leadership Agility, Organisational Agility)

b) Achieve Organizational goals (More sales, Happy customers and Teams)

Please go ahead and share your thoughts in the comment section, meanwhile, I can share what are my thoughts.

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To estimate, or to not estimate? – How to build a common understanding of product using estimations

tim-gouw-73926-unsplashWhen working in an agile team, what’s the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear  “Team Velocity“, or “Sprint Burndown“? and yes both are related to Estimation.

I’ve experienced that some agile teams found estimation useful while others considered it less beneficial to the team and process. However, for the management, perhaps it is important to know how the team is progressing on the Product/Sprint Backlog and achieving Sprint Goal. Thus “Team Velocity” and “Sprint Burndown” are there for planning purpose in terms of next Sprint velocity, release planning, resource planning, budgeting, and XYZ.

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A facilitation guide – Team Building for Distributed Agile Teams, It is the Psychological, not the Physical distance

A facilitation guide for Team Building for Distributed Agile Teams (DAT). It might be helpful for someone working with remote teams and want to break the ice among teams.

My philosophy is that to build innovative software products, a company need to focus hans-dorries-180013and allocate time for building Team(s) as well.

Yes, that’s what I think when building and working with Agile Teams, both co-located and remotely distributed. It is the Psychological, not the Physical distance. It is a great interest for me to understand Team dynamics and foster psychological safety as well.

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