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=i6CCiv3Z0iY

Plane Refutro 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 Plane Refutro Model, a model to talk about possible improvements and future uncertainty in particular.

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Tree Retrospective Model

In the Agile world, ScrumMaster and Agile Coaches are often referred to as a gardener that helps a seed grow to provide shade and/or a fruitful tree. You need to prepare the ground, remove weed and give enough nutrition for good growth. At workplace, this resembles creating a safe environment for a person to do the work.

After getting inspiration from High-Performance Tree metaphor, I thought about why not create a retrospective model from it. You can use this retrospective model for Sprint or any other project closure as well.

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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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With these powers combined I am Scrum Master!

It is always exciting to bring back childhood memories. Often, I watch cartoons that I used to watch during my childhood. One of my favorite ones was Captain Planet. and I have been a committed planeteer as well.

Since I am working with Agile software development, I wrote a song for our lovely Scrum Masters our there, after getting inspiration from Captain Planet lyrics.

So here it is…


Coach!

Facilitator!

Teacher!

Mentor!

Servant-leader!

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