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  • Agile Conference - Agile Open Southwest 2012
    When Friday November 16th 2012 8 00am 5 00pm Where Chandler Gilbert Community College Chandler AZ Cost 75 00 Register Online Now This event is capped at 75 people First come first serve Interested in being a sponsor Get more information The El Toro Sponsorship includes a mechanical Bull PREVIOUS Episode 81 Spike Stories Estimating Before Planning and Blocked Stories NEXT Episode 82 Implementing Agile with Peg Haustetter Step up

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  • Episode #137 - Central Control - Integrum
    or two days later say Uhh what you re doing is really stupid and really dumb This is the right way to do it Throw away everything you ve done and go do this other thing instead What does that feel like as a team member do you think Roy I can see two parts to that First off we talked a lot about autonomous teams I would feel like as a team member a large part of your autonomy gets taken away if someone comes back and says You have to do it my way If it s taken from the standpoint of Hey have you considered using other options And they are truly better ideas If you follow the core commitments and you choose to always seek to better an idea and to accept any idea no matter where it comes from then that sounds like it would only be a positive experience I think that how that interaction takes place and the attitude of both parties has a huge impact on how that s going to go down Clayton I would feel pretty useless and like my time was being wasted I would probably not even bother attending Or if I did attend it would just be for show I would probably not even be paying attention because really what difference does it make Roy But there is a difference Clayton if I came to you Let s say you plan on a Monday and I come to you on a Wednesday I say Hey I saw what you guys planned out on Monday Have you considered using other possibilities Would you have that same reaction Clayton If you said Had you considered these other possibilities We had some dialog and I said OK let s talk about it next Monday I think that would be one thing If you said Put the brakes on Really think hard about these other choices because you re doing them no matter what Then I would feel like What s the point Why did I waste that time Jade I can tell you what it s like to be on the other side of that I ve been that person It sucks You can t trust anybody You are paranoid and you need to be Roy Just to be clear what side are you talking about Jade The person who s the bottleneck Who Roy Oh I see Jade is changing things for everybody Roy And insisting that your rules be followed Jade Yeah It s a very crappy position to be in You don t sleep well You re not relaxed You re always stressed out because everything is going wrong around you all the time You don t trust anybody I think that s really where that s the core of the issue You don t trust anybody Derek In this particular hypothetical there s also a middle person We ve not talked about that middle person Not only is the person that is doing the work probably leaving frustrated Roy So you re talking about the Vice Czar in this right Derek The Vice Czar goes into this thing thinking Oh I totally represent the attitudes and the patterns and the thinking of my boss We go in and I walk out thinking Man this is all going to be really good Then I go back and they say Why did you make this decision You re letting them do that I can t believe that Now not only do I have to feel like maybe my boss doesn t trust me but now I have to go deliver that news to a whole group of people to say Hey guys even though I said that this was probably the right thing to do as it turns out the Grand Czar does not agree with me What does that got to feel like Clayton You lose face with the other people I know that I told you that it was good or that we agreed that it was good but it turns out that it s not So either I can play that off as The czar guy is a real jerk Man what an asshole I hate that guy too Or you would have to just hope that people aren t thinking This person is really stupid They don t understand what their boss wants Man I m not going to bother asking their opinion anymore Roy Right Even the boss is probably getting frustrated with them They re coming back with ideas representing the team It s probably not what the boss wants in the first place They re never going to think the same way So this person is probably just getting shit on from both sides Derek So we ve got the hypothetical We ve got some of maybe how it feels to be all of the roles in the hypothetical How would you go about fixing it Roy In my opinion if you can figure out some way to have the team earn the Czar s trust and rid the organization of the Czar not rid of the person but rid of the role I think that will go a long way Somebody who is insistent on all of these best practices good coding styles good design or whatever they should be going out and championing all of those things and explaining why it s so important and really convincing people and winning them over rather than telling them what to do Jade A lot of times they do have a lot of really great knowledge and sometimes even some special insight that other people don t have but you re right They should be going out and helping those other people to gain that skill and also experience things from the other side of the fence The things that are changing during planning or the real complexities on the ground of

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  • Special Episode : 2011 Predications for Agile - Integrum
    What do we see in the way of Agile community Who will be the biggest winners losers What are new things you plan on trying this year PREVIOUS Episode 04 Programming as a Craft NEXT Episode 05 Multi Team Retrospectives 3 thoughts on Special Episode 2011 Predications for Agile Pingback Tweets that mention SCRUMCast Special Episode 2011 Predications for Agile Integrum Topsy com Howard Sublett says February 23 2011 at 7 31 am Nice dialogue guys and I think you are spot on It s innovators like yourselves that really need to be asking these kinds of questions and casting a vision for the future Reply Pingback Agile Predictions for 2012 Dayley Agile Join the conversation on Facebook Subscribe to the podcast Make your mark Get involved with the Agile Weekly Podcast by volunteering to be a guest recommending a speaker submitting a question or suggesting a topic Step up to the mic Build up your toolkit Learn new tips and tricks for empowering your team and transforming your business See the blog Hungy for More Info Agile Weekly is a quick way to stay up to date with the latest news techniques and events in the Agile community Signup

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  • Episode #06 - Community Questions - Integrum
    the team s out of sync We ve experienced this If you ve got people that are coming in much earlier and leaving much later there s this overlap for that You also have people taking lunches or breaks at different times You get to a point where the team as a core only has two or three hours out of day where they re actually all together working in the same space with the ability to answer and ask questions with each other That s really challenging Derek My gut reaction is there re the legalistic answers and there s the more fluid answer The fluid answer is What impact is it having on your team If you can work all different schedules and have virtually no impact on the team then it s really not an issue I ve yet to see anybody really do that but I don t want to be facetious and say It s just not possible It might be possible on some really highly functioning teams I ve seen it tackled one of three ways Either fear of conflict and nobody deals with it The other option is the middle of the road option the best for everybody mentality that is to have some form of core hours where you say From 10 to 2 or 10 to 3 everybody s got to be in the office and everybody goes to lunch at the same time You can come in earlier you can come in at 6 and leave at 2 or you can come in at 10 and leave at 7 but you need to be here from 10 to 2 That can work depending on what your work environment s like the type of work you re doing whether you re doing XP pair programming and the hours of your customer Are you doing internal product development Are you doing consulting A lot of that has a lot of play into it If you re dealing with external teams you have to get on a schedule with some of those external teams The last way I ve seen it implemented is a much more rigid approach which pretty much says This is the time that the entire team works come hell or high water Take it or leave it We work from 7 to 4 8 to 5 9 to 6 or 10 to 7 or whatever it is It s expected that you re there within those times There re pros and cons to each one of those approaches It depends on what type of work you re doing who you re doing it with and how you do it It depends on the pluses and minuses of each of those choices Let s see two more and they re really good questions The first one is What is the agile response to a request for a proposal i e RFP when the true answer is we don t know

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  • Windows Phone 7 - Integrum
    leader in the Arizona developer community recently lead a Windows Phone 7 training event at Gangplank Chris is also the Vice President of the South East Valley Dot Net User Group Many of the Integrum staff attended the Windows Phone 7 Unleashed event and had an opportunity to develop a small app for the software Jade Meskill CEO sees a lot of potential in development on the Windows mobile platform and is excited to be able to offer a full range of modern smartphone platform development services for our clients PREVIOUS Best Places to Work 2010 NEXT Gangplank anchor becomes client 2 thoughts on Windows Phone 7 Erik Johnson says October 18 2010 at 9 09 am Really like the new site design The site flows well and the fonts and images are great Now all you need is a new company name Reply Pingback Springboard Series Project Integrum Step up to the mic Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Comment Name Email Website About the author Crew Subscribe to the blog Get inspired with an Agile Weekly Podcast Derek Clayton and Chris slowly remember what they were talking about Oh ya Culture Fit Including mono cultures

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  • Breakfast of Champions - Integrum
    items range from oatmeal and sweet rolls to biscuits and gravy The atmosphere occasionally takes on the aura of camp as tables are moved to form one large table with benches for seats Taking care of your employees means they will take care of you Partaking in french toast and sausage at the same time is just gravy PREVIOUS Good to Great NEXT Springboard Series Project Step up to the

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  • Episode #04 - Programming as a Craft - Integrum
    your mark Get involved with the Agile Weekly Podcast by volunteering to be a guest recommending a speaker submitting a question or suggesting a topic Step up to the mic Build up your toolkit Learn new tips and tricks for empowering your team and transforming your business See the blog Hungy for More Info Agile Weekly is a quick way to stay up to date with the latest news techniques

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  • A peek inside Retrospective - Integrum
    express general feelings on the sprint for the week Agile Coach Derek Neighbors then divides the large whiteboard into three areas and the delta symbol The stands for behaviors or strategies we should start for stop and the delta for change Team members pass around a talking stick to indicate their turn to provide ideas promoting respect of everyone s feedback Once the columns are full voting follows to narrow down the feedback to what the team feels is most important to work on Three or four topics are chosen and then open to discussion Team members have an opportunity to clarify their opinions or ask questions After another voting session one smart goal is chosen for the next week and the team breaks out into smaller groups to focus on solutions A SMART goal is defined as specific measurable attainable reasonable and timely Retrospective ends with team members sharing appreciations thanking other team members for their help during the past week Having a time for team reflection such as a Retrospective is a useful way to allow your employees a time to be honest with their coworkers as well as keep the team solution driven PREVIOUS Valley Metro Improves

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