Archive for June 2010

P2P June meeting location changed to Creative Options

June 18, 2010

Hi All,

Meeting location has changed.  We are meeting at Creative Options for the  June session (next Tuesday).  Don’t forget to mark this change in your calendar.

Creative Options, A Protiviti Co.
200 Bathurst Drive
Free Parking

See you there.

2010-06-22 Creating a Test-Infected Team

June 16, 2010

Attendance at these monthly group sessions is open to employees of companies that are Communitech Network Members.  If you are not a member, you can still join the blog and get valuable information, either from notes, presentation slides, or announcements of other events of interest.

Members, I hope that you join us for the next exciting session. 

Topic: Creating a Test-Infected Team
Session Leader: Jason Cheong-Kee-You
Tuesday June 22, 2010
4:30 to 6:00 pm
Creative Options
RSVP here

Testing is one of the most essential programming practices. It is necessary to create sustainable software. If that’s true, why do software development teams often fail to adopt testing? Why do teams that write tests sometimes find them more costly than beneficial? I will share my personal stories of where testing has gone wrong. I’ll also explain how to successfully transition a team to testing.

Speaker Bio:
Jason Cheong-Kee-You is an Agile Coach in Toronto. Since 1997, he’s spent ten thousand hours figuring out how to create sustainable software. He now apply that knowledge to create high performance teams. He is deeply passionate about creating sustainable software through tests.

Innovation Games -Spider Web, Speedboat, Product Tree Pruning

June 7, 2010

At last month’s Agile/Lean P2P session, participants were divided into 3 groups and each group selected the game of their choice (see link below in Ann-Marie’s notes).  Actually, from this exercise, one company left with a new idea for their company, so hopefully that worked out.

Also, I realized something during this exercise, who thinks of security, privacy, etc. when you are creatively thinking.  :)

One more note…everyone seemed fine with the regular monthly P2P sessions moving to the 4th Tuesday…which I kept misrepresenting at the session – if you were there, you know what I am talking about :)…

So the next session is on June 22nd and Jason Cheong-Kee-You will speak on Creating a Test-Infected Team.  More information to come.

Thank you Ann-Marie for writing up a summary for last month’s meeting

Luke Hohmann’s Innovation Games – play innovative games with one’s team – unleash one’s creativity!

Game: Prune the product tree
Product: Smartphone
Approach: Started listing all features we want from a Smart phone (divergent) and then shaped the product tree (converge). Devised major areas e.g. data, applications, foundation for shaping the tree.
What did we learn?: Learned to balance the tree – highlights if you need infrastructure support to support the tree/product.  The trunk provided focus for the product. The leaves were non critical features that could be deferred or dropped. 

Game: Spider web
Product: GPS tracking and dispatching
Approach: The product owner lets the team creativity flow and do not provide much input
What did we learn?: Broadens scope of the product – customers who use at same time, what else do they use the product – links and leverage.  Helps you uncover new uses for your product and new markets. 

Game: Speedboat
Approach:  what weighs down give you direction on what to fix/address in the product.
What did we learn?: Pointless game without an actual real product owner.


Should pick a product owner ahead of time.
Pick an actual product owner.
Invite people from outside your team.
Had Fun – work don’t have to be hard.
Facilitator should not be a participant but rather check in with the teams to see how the games are being played.

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