Archive for September 2009

2009-09-15 Planning Session Results

September 19, 2009

Thanks to everyone for participating in the planning session. We broke into three groups and brainstormed what we should do this year! The results were captured as a Mindjet mindmap and you can download PDF or Word(2007) or Word (97-2003) versions of the mindmap.

Stay tuned for next steps!

Agile.Lean P2P Planning Overview

Planning Overview

Building a Local Agile Community

Building a Local Agile Community

Community of Practice

Community of Practice

Monthly Sessions

Monthly Sessions

12 Adoption Failure Modes – Barry Mullan, Rally Software

September 11, 2009

Barry Mullan, Technical Account Manager at Rally Software Development came up from Boston and presented the 12 Adoption Failure Modes at August’s meeting – thanks to Declan for arranging this session.

I wanted to mention that there are three items that I felt are important and remain with me…

1. The importance of how the ScrumMaster must be a “Servant Leader”.  And when a company is adopting Agile,  the right person for this role must be selected carefully and is not necessarily an existing Project Manager since this person may be accustomed to delivering projects in a “Command and Control” manner.

2. The importance of retrospectives for constant growth and improvement.

3. The importance of non-traditional roles working in a Lean environment so that both teams (development and outside of dev team) can collaborate efficiently.

And of course the information you are probably most interested in that Barry provided is below…

Original Recorded presentation by Jean Tabaka

Link to Barry’s pdf of slides

Jean Tabaka book ‘Collaboration Explained’ 

2009-09-15 Planning Session

September 11, 2009

In  this session we will kick-off our next year with a collaborative planning session. This is your opportunity to steer the P2P group in the direction that works best for you!

Tuesday September 15, 2009
4:30 to 6:00 pm
Accelerator Centre
295 Hagey Blvd., Waterloo

We’ll have 3 different group sessions, each with a facilitator.  Participants will select the group discussion of most interest to him/her. The groups will have open discussion and provide recommendations for the champions and Communitech staff to review and plan the coming year.  Further discussion may be necessary.


1. Monthly Sessions

We would like to plan the sessions for the upcoming year and to identify topics and potential speakers. The outcome of this group will be a draft agenda.

2. Community of Practice

Communitech is targeting some P2P groups to move up to the next level of learning by being accountable to other group members.  E.g. session discussion takes place and people take what they have learned use it in the work environment and come back and report to group members failures and/or successes”.  In this group discussion will be around if and who this may or may not work for.  What and what not, etc. etc. The outcome of this group will be a recommendation on whether to persue this and any insights or caveats that would help make this community of practice successful.

3. Building a Local Agile Community

Can we In this group, discussion will include what makes sense for this community.  Some ideas could include:

  • Agile Open Space Conference
  • brown bag lunch sessions
  • Coffee n’ Code sessions
  • an Agile/Lean speaker at Communitech Tech Leadership conference
  • an Agile/Lean speaker at Communitech CIO event
  • tools to help build a stronger community wiki, twitter, facebook, LinkedIn, Blog, etc. etc. and how do we utilize these tools more effectively.

The outcome of this group will recommendations on building a stronger Agile community beyond monthly P2P sessions.

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