Random notes from Open Space
Overheard: "Whenever I've been late, I've been yelled at by management. One time, we actually pulled it together and finished early. The president called me - not to praise me, but to say, 'You sandbagged me.'"
Is XP Sustainable?
Some things people do:
Medium-term: cleanup projects
Gold cards (explicitly scheduled 'free time')
Jeff Sutherland on Advanced Scrum
"Better, faster, cooler." If this is interesting, see Jeff's paper. I made very quick notes but it's an interesting extension of the Scrum work and I plan to give it more study.
Scrum is out of development and into the whole company. This approach is for experienced ScrumMasters/developers only. See Lawrence Leach: "Eight Secrets to Supercharge Project...
Rachel Davies' and Mike Hill Workshop on Informative Workspaces
Visible status (keep it fresh)
Automation - light and sound
Root cause analysis
Themes: Ownership: Own the space; collective ownership of communication, accountability.
Transparency: Be honest with yourself - show where you really are; peer pressure...
More from the Agile 05 conference...
Delivering APIs in an Agile Context, John Major
John Major described a project that was doing custom programming of lab workflows as part of the Human Genome Project. This was an environment with lots of churn: biology, instruments, J2EE.
Stable APIs vs. agile change
General features vs. "Do the simplest thing that could possibly work"
The "North American Simulation and Games Association" (NASAGA) is having their annual conference October 5-8 in Manchester, NH, USA.
This group is mostly made up of people who use simulations and games as instructional tools. This is one of my favorite conferences.
Disclaimer: I'm a board member, and I'll be co-leading a pre-conference workshop ("Rapid Game Remodeling", with Les Lauber). But...
The Agile '05 conference was July 24-29, 2005, in Denver, Colorado, USA. There were about ten or twelve tracks at all times, so this report is necessarily only a limited bit. Usually I teach, but this time I was an organizer so I got to be more like an attendee in some ways.
Brian Marick and Bob Martin Keynote: Where were we, where are we, where are we going?
Brian Marick: We have different...