Position Papers

Below see a list of position papers of other participants already registered to Agile Coach Camp, so that you can learn in advance what are other people motivations and planned contributions:

1. Lukas Simandl

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Team agreement – when team summarise its own team agreement it can really help the team to have written guardrails.  I’ve learn sometimes written agreement can help the team to feel more safely.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
It depends on the people within the team. Every team is different. In general people will not follow any change if it’s not properly communicated and explained to them. Learning point is to every time explain changes and expected outputs to the team.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I’d like to hear about scaling in small area (between few teams). Also I’d like to hear about how far you can go with “self-management” in the team (hiring, bonuses, etc.). I can share how to work with the teams in corporate. How to motivate people and how to communicate with them on daily bases

2. Irena Buršová

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Scrum.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
I’ve experimented to drive Scrum with one really big team and finally it didn’t work due to mindset of leaders and directive approach. So I’ve learned that next time I have to spend more time with leaders to clarify all topics, work as one team before any work with the development team.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I would like to hear more about DevOps.
I could share my experience with distributed teams.

3. Bettina Ruggeri

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
NoEstimates – relaxed the team and focused more on outcome.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Cannot remember, I’m going to try out mindful actions. We’ll see.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I want to offer a session for NVC (nonviolent communication).

4. Anna Zalucka

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Completing each feature before moving on to the next. The team really focused on Done before starting to work on something else.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Working with one of the teams I thought that empowering them will lead to better results. They were very focused on complaining during retrospectives about having no power to decide. I tried to help them to change that and they succeeded. Although results were unexpected – now the team has the power to decide what project to take next, but they are lost, and now are complaining about having nobody to tell them what to do.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I would like to learn more about cultural shifts within the team, about creating environment where it is ok to fail, blaming is not part of the culture and where people are happy with what they do, even if there are routine tasks.

5. Michael Táncoš

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
I have tried the No-Estimate and running grooming and it went very well with one of my team. Other team in the same situation struggled very much and this approach would not helped them at all.It reinforced the message that Agile is not “One size fits all” for me.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
My first experimentation with WIP limits taught me, that Kanban works with mature teams only.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I would like to come with as open mind as possible – I am trying to not confine myself to topics I want to hear about. I would like to take Agile Coach Camp as a mainly learning opportunity, but I am prepared to offer all my experiences to anybody willing to listen. I consider Scrumban and active listening my forte, but I have lots of opinions about almost anything.

6. Ivo Peksens

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Succeeded with visualization of product. Split team into 3 parts and let them draw the product as they see it, then present to the rest. At the end, team comes up with common, aligned visual about the product (rich picture). I learnt that people have lots to say if you ask properly and that they see things differently all the time.
Introducing WIP limits. Caused interesting discussions and healthy peer pressure about how much one can actually work on. As a result cycle time went down, stand-up meetings became shorter and more focused. I learnt that giving examples, analogies and games help in getting these things.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
In my experience I have failed with trying to introduce working agreements into a team that is not ready for it. As a result, no-one really follows them all, just few items at best. I learnt that first team maturity needs to be assessed which is not an easy task.
In my earlier days, I approached a team with several Scrum events in one batch which caused resistance and hate towards Scrum. I learnt that Kanban approach is better :), yet it can be applied while introducing Scrum.
I have also failed with Retrospectives in teams that are too deep into systemic problems. At some point, there is no sense to improve inside team, you just need to fix some things beyond team. I learnt that the bigger the org, the more probable that coach needs to work with organization more.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I would like to discuss about how to assess where the team is in its life. I know the models like Tuckman, Sibbet, but would like to talk about using them in practice.
I would like to discuss what to do in an organization that hires SMs/ACs, but in reality is not clear about the expectations of these roles.
Scrum Master vs Agile Coach: There is still this thinking that SM sits in team, while AC is “flying” around the organization. Would like to discuss about these 2 roles and their co-working, boundaries and similar.

7. Michael Rychna

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
I cannot say I have ever tried and agile approach which has surprisingly worked. It was mainly about applying the right approach and creating proper conditions for allowing the approach to succeed. The framework I was mainly focusing on is DAD.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Pure SCRUM in corporate environment. But honestly…it was not really a surprise.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
My experience with application of agile principles in corporate environment. I would also like to focus on a role of a product owner and how to choose the right one.

8. Michal Zapletal

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Lead by example. / Do not always wait when the team will find out without help of Scrum Master.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
ROI – Return of investment. / I was told by the team it is not our responsibility, it is responsibility of the Product Owner.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
Present: Why do I thing following all Scrum ceremonies is sometimes waste of time.
Hear from others:
1) I would like to hear from other Scrum Masters what do members of his/her team(s) thing about her/his job as a Scrum Master. What are the benefits, if there are some. I would like to hear real answers from team members, not what Scrum Master’s opinion.
2) What does management expect from you in your company/ Do you have any responsibility? If yes, what are you responsible for?

9. Michaela Ďuranová

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Retrospective meeting when all members were really “for agile approaches”, small improvements that did a lot.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Retrospective meeting when all members are happy and do not want even single change.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I don’t want to present if I don’t have to.
How to show team members that change will bring us something useful – when everybody is happy even the software development process is not the best.

10. Ondřej Chylík

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
More responsibility to the team — surprisingly, the team started to self-organize more after some time 🙂 I learned that with the right people and with significant patience it is possible to get positive results and a the team matures.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
More responsibility to the team (again) — surprisingly things went downwards and the scrum meetings were dull and without energy. I learned that it really takes time and patience, but also some motivated individuals in the team.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
A thin(?) line between being an Product Owner or an Agile Project Manager”.
Or “Product Owner helping the Dev Team improve and grow — and vice-versa”.

11. Robert Batůšek

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
User Story Mapping – it always led to surprising insights from both the team and me.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Evolutionary PM by Tom Gilb – the method is complex and even if I simplified it people were not able to take it to its rigor.
I also still struggle with making Definition of Done an intrinsic value of the team rather than something imposed on them.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
User story mapping – I have a workshop ready for it.
LeSS – large scale Scrum – I can share experience from applying it.

12. Hans Baggesen

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Teaching about stories : They got it … perhaps I can teach even though I loathe it.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Trust – Manager didn’t believe in it. Lesson: It is so easy to lead and so hard to coach.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
Architecture follows organization follows leadership.

13. Marketa Conka

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
I don’t have so much experiences so I am coming to mainly listen others and getting knowledge.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I would like to know how other people started, and for example what courses they absolved, what mistakes they made, I would like to learn from experienced people.
Now I am working as tester for 2 months so I have almost no experience and studying theory mainly so I would like to see how it goes in use and what problems may appear. Then I want to bring these new gained ideas to my company and procure it to my colleagues.

14. Marek Fexa

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Tools from Scrum, Story Mapping, Fast feedback … I have learned that I love learning and experimenting which can make big impact on many levels.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Retrospectives in company that does not value openness and honesty.
User stories in software house company and especially in fixed price contracts.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I can talk about Montessori method for growing small agilists or about importance of (radical) honesty together with caring for people.
I would like to know about strategies for extending knowledge SM skills like facilitation and coaching.
I would like to learn about team building activities that others do when forming new teams.

15. Jan Krchňák

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Something I call Evolutionary Agile. Tell the team just some basic about Agile, make them follow regular retrospectives and observe/help when asked. Most of the time the team will catch up soon, evolve its own rules and is proud about their process more.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Telling a foreign team to run retrospectives, supposing it would help them. They went in unsupervised from the day 1. It soon turned into a blame-fest, as they were lax on following up agreed actions and their whole retrospective turned into repetition of what does not work and who’s to blame.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
Business Games (as usual).
Approaches in team Agile coaching – both good and bad.
Typical painpoints in companies that try to “go Agile” – where did it got stuck?

16. Daniel Hejl

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Having developers as a part of product discovery – sketching ideas, brainstorming, etc. There are better ways how to collaborate between POs, designers and developers.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Doing design sprint exactly by the book. We have learned how to improve the process for our own context.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
To present: Our experiences with Dual Track Agile in product board
To hear: Any personal experiences with agile in startups.

17. Martin Jarcik

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
One team of mine had to deal with lots of maintenance. So we established a small DevOps unit( based on two team members) independent on the running iteration. People in this unit rotated regularly. It has a dramatic impact on the team’s sprint and product ownership.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Once I introduced Lean Kanban into originally SCRUM team, and it exhausted its members.  They just could not manage to slow down and kept pulling tasks from backlog. 😀 It always surprise me, how different every team is.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
No idea now, but I love discussions about company’s culture and its impact on process.

18. Richard Ross

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Can’t think of any. Nothing is surprising to me in agile as I think of it as empirical process. It is meant to be like that – try, learn, adapt. So I am even expecting that whatever crazy idea that whoever has, might work.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Not surprisingly, but it’s extremely hard and I can say that I have been unsuccessful to persuade developers to use TDD. I am able to explain, I am able to show examples, they get it, they try it – but then they not continue doing it.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
Not sure about what to present. I don’t even have any experience in that. But I would find useful to hear PO related topics (like what Definition of Ready looks like and what is acceptable output from PO – how the tasks entering sprint look like when PO is not so technical).
Also, I’d like to hear some interesting tips for retrospective, so I am able to prevent them from being boring.

19. Tatsiana Trubilka

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Demo after each sprint, even in case of really very technical projects, like redesigning (scaling) of huge IN platform.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Permanent cross-functional agile teams throughout the company. Still having problems with this. Experienced two patterns here:
1. Cross-functional scrum teams, organized by projects (temporary).
2. Permanent agile teams, some of which are partly specialized in particular domains and cannot provide E2E delivery.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I would like to discuss something on business agility and on scaled agile (I’m familiar with SAFe, but have no experience with LeSS or DAD).

20. Sabrina Ferlisi

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Retrospective with distributed teams are always more difficult to plan and manage, but it works surprisingly well. Everybody in the team can speak and share. Of course it’s easier with collocated teams… but what I learnt is : Yes it could work.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Scrum of scrum meeting between two teams. As a scrum master, I thought it was a good way to share important information between two teams, but the two teams didn’t want to continue with this meeting, saying that it was a waste of time as we shared the same open space.
I learnt that the feelings of the scrum master is not always the truth, but I always wonder if it was because of the teams were too “lazy” (it’s a big word, but I can’t find another one more appropriate).

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I would like to hear experience on distributed team, team spirit in that case, technics to help the product owner.

21. Lukáš Heinz

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Retrospective and agile approach in top management team. We conducted strategic and tactic retrospectives and we have Kanban board we worked on. I learned that agile techniques can be adopted outside IT and SW development.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Backlog management, roadmap and product release planning just doesn’t work for me and I still do not know how to handle this 😦

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I would like to present how we work in our management team.
I would like to hear from others about long term product planning in agile.

22. Václav Macíček

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
I haven’t experimented with any agile approach.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
I haven’t experimented with any agile approach.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I am beginner in agile so i don’t have any topic to present, but i would like to hear from others how build self organized team 🙂

23. Ondrej Kavula

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
When I don’t tell to my team openly that we actually use some Agile principles, practices or techniques. I call it stealth Agile… hmm… or shall say Stealth Agile™ ? 🙂 It helped me to cope with complexity at large waterfall projects in companies who were not ready for starting actual Agile Transition or Agile was a nasty word there… Then cloaked as a Project or Program Manager I slowly started to convert WBS to Stories and Gantt charts to Kanban boards and fostered self-management instead of command and control.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Lots of them… As various practices are emerging, Agile sphere is like a snowball and one has to be vigilant what deserves trying and what is a dead end. Recently I said to myself to stick with the core of Agile and Scrum and focus on absolute mastering of core principles of the Manifesto and The Scrum Guide – understand them is more important than to know about zillion of “agile-ish” stuff 🙂

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I would like to propose a hands-on session called “Complexity cannot be beaten by analysis” … I will not tell you more but promise that it will be eye-opening, usable in your agile coaching practice and fun 🙂
I would like to hear about any thoughts how to embrace Agile in highly unfavourable environments where customer is constantly unavailable. Does it still make sense if most important of all feedback loops is broken?

24. Peter Vlcek

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Retrospective activity called “Movie critic”. I learned that it’s worth to vary retrospective activities to keep them fresh and eventually to have some fun.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Stand-up variation called “Buddy stand-up”, the team refused to do it. I learned that not every experiment I like is acceptable by the team.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I’d like to learn some useful soft skills I could use as Scrum Master to reduce the lack of ownership and encourage the self-organisation of the team.

25. Ludo Mikula

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Switching from waterfall, the communication started working almost immediately! Lesson learned: Talk early, talk often.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Cannot remember right now (yeah time is ticking away…)

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I’d like to hear about: Writing user stories.

26. Markus Wissekal

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Not too agile, but I used the Eisenhower-Matrix a couple of years ago to prioritize the biggest impediments of a team on the 2nd day of a scrum training I held.I thought that the rest of the training was amazing, and the Matrix was soso,.. the feedback I got was exactly the other way round. While the training was “nice”, to my surprise they so much loved the Eisenhower-Matrix.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
In 2013 I tried Mob-Programming with a team, because I thought it would be the most awesome thing at that time. sadly the team didn’t think so and decided on one of the worst stories to try (to make me shut up about this amazing way of working). Well,.. if you want to fail, you do… AND: you have to be willing to try something new, and not have somebody push it upon you.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
Stories, Stories, Stories 😉
I’m interested in new and old approaches in our agile environment.
I’m confident, that I can share a lot about kanban implementations in return.

27. Margarete Eichinger

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Kanban. Built up transparency, teamspirit and shared goals.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
N/A

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
Topics I am interested in: scaling lean / agile.

28. Axel Chowanietz

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Large Scale Public Sector Agile – Intrinsic motivation without market competition, pure delight of the customer is the driver behind joyful teamwork.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Definition of Ready, It’s nor in the Scrum guide, nor in the scrum primer but with a lot of Scrum teams the DoR. It’s ready when it’s estimatable. Stop the relay race 😉

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
Agile leadership, real agile, public sector, telco sector.

29. Per Beining

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Facilitating instead of controlling. Allowing teams to be self-organizing actually Works.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Facilitating instead of controlling. Depending of maturity of people and teams – a guided tour towards selforganizing is sometimes needed. Transforming Serfs into Farmers to keep it in Seth Godins analogy.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
Why is it that everyone is making Things so complicated and complex. We not just make it simple. If possible come up with set of Dogma rules for simplification.

30. Jan Kunes

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
1) We started to use Jira instead of classic wall SCRUM board. It works very well.
2) Establishing of business prioritization process when more than one stakeholder is involved.
3) Few minor lessons learnt – how to work with the development team.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
It is not 100% unsuccessful story, but still struggling while taking the development team into the user stories creation process. They still stand in the shady corner waiting for the holy grail complete specification from the business.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
My main area of interest is the transformation of big enterprises into the agile driven companies.

31. Petr Smejkal

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Scrum in startups, good motivation and will to learn.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Scrum in an enterprise, lack of motivation, difficult to establish self organization…

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
Don’t really have anything to present myself, but I’d love to learn from others, mostly about coaching teams, but also face to face coaching practices.

32. Jan Tauwinkl

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Mob Programming. I learned that learning new domain in a group can be very effective.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Letting self-organized team handle low-performers. I learnt, that team manager should be proactive in this.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
Many different topics ;-).

33. Matthias Seul

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
One approach that worked surprisingly is “Stepping back to let others step up”. In the concrete example I was mentoring a person that looked at becoming a Scrum Master. Even after about a year of weekly mentoring and education the person felt the time to step into the role had not yet come, preferring to remain in the original role (of software developer). Intentionally I created excuses to be away from the team, needing a “backup” to step in “for a while”. It took about two weeks until the person, on their own accord, approached me and asked if the role of Scrum Master would be available. This person turned out to be an excellent Scrum Master. Looking back I’ve gotten the feedback that having the need to step up suddenly present was the gentle nudge needed to really do it. It was a bit risky but the payoff was great. 🙂

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
I tried showing a group of managers that giving control over story sizing and estimations to the dev team would be not only the right thing to do, but also magnitudes better in terms of accuracy and buy-in. I explained the psychological and economical background. I brought in references from prominent authors. I thought by explaining the background of letting the team own the story sizing/estimation the managers would understand. I was wrong. In the end it was all for naught since the problem really as a total lack of trust in the dev team. The managers were afraid that developers would inflate story sizes to “slack off”. Managers were furthermore looking for a way to measure teams and remove the “underperformers”. I should have rather looked deeper at the issue instead of just trying to answer the questions I was asked.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I’ve recently done a thesis on the organizational dynamics of introducing Agility in large corporations. I would like to present my findings and discuss the role of leadership – both formal and informal – in this transformation.

34. Maciek Sowinski

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Open space

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Kanban

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
LeSS

35. Mariusz Petlic

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
People trust and communicate well.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Work with team is not enough. We should work with whole organisation.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
My experience as SM with teams and Agile Coach with organisations.

36. Wiktor Żołnowski

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Cynefin – I must admit that I was skeptic about this framework when I’ve heard first time about it. Now it is the main tool I am using  this framework every time before I suggest any solution for any problem. Theory of Constraints – understanding that allowed me to understand why and how Scrum/XP/Kanban work. Thanks to that Agile transitions became easy for me.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Scrum 😉 – Few years ago I have discovered that this is not an ultimate solution for every problem. Sometimes Scrum doesn’t work…

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I can share my experience. In last 12 years I’ve been software tester, QA Lead, Scrum Master, Manager, Agile Trainer, Independent Agile Coach/Consultant and now I am CEO at my own 30+ people Software House.

37. Pavel Poklad

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Eagerly want to see agile in practice with the results it can bring, no experience so far.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Want to learn from the Pro and apply to see if it works for me.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
2hear: testimony, approach, comments from Agile Pro
2share: what it looks like in a a complex IT environment where no particular approach is in place, producing poor results and great stress.

38. Ilja Alexandrov

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Feature teams – when you set up cross functional full stack team and let team deliver features from definition to production, time to market decreases surprisingly well.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Release planning – do not try to plan a release in environment with frequently changing priorities.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I want to hear about bulk estimation in cross functional team with multiple layers, team coaching techniques, data gathering techniques for sprint reviews, establishing trust between team and management and many more.

39. Anežka Koublová

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
I was surprised how important and helpful a fixed schedule can be. Be it the length of the sprint or even the daily scrum or “afternoon team coffee” time.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
I am still being surprised how organised retrospective does not work for some teams who are not willing to talk in a “planned” meeting. But take them “occasionally” out for a lunch and you will hear things…

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I am pretty new in the field so I am not sure I have anything to offer. What I would like to hear – about agile approach in bigger companies – especially how to start and how to cope with the fact the rest of the company runs in the “old scheme”.

40. Konstantin Dvornicenko

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
SCRUM. I learned the power of commitment in the right case.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Morning stand ups. It worth do not push sometimes and let things go.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I would like to hear more about DevOps, Scaling Agile, transformation projects. Also how to motivate team and to energize them.

41. Martin Popelak

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Self-organized teams. When I started with Agile couple years back I never trusted that a team that is empowered to do its own decision can reach such a productivity. I always thought about developers as about little kids. They need babysitting and way too much monitoring to turn into something good. Boy I was wrong. With empowering the people, letting them make own decisions, their interest towards common goal, happy customer, rapidly increased. This was a big WOW moment for me.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Frequent releases. Working for big enterprise customers taught me that  there can be customers who are not enjoying frequent releases. Our product is released once every three months or so. We hear from customers that are using 2 years old build that is reaching end of life if they can opt-out from the necessity of update (SLA reasons). The software you provided to us two years ago does exactly what we need and we don’t want anything new. It would be expensive to train all people for this ‘new’ update and our current build works just fine. OK fine, we upgrade but can you switch off this/that feature? We hear this from customers too often to be able to persuade the team that short release cycle is the correct way to go.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I would love to hear from others their experiences with new people onboarding. We are hiring like crazy and seems to me that its very hard to keep up the agility as we tend to replace it with ‘processes’ due to quite a lot of new people in the team.
I can share my experiences about how is to work with Agile dinosaurs. A company who claims in every white paper how Agile it is and when you want to start a new epic they force you to write a detailed specification with ‘precise’ estimates.

42. Amir Peled

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Making stories ready using a similar approach to story mapping.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Catchball process (rather Lean) where we use a cascading model for impediments.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I would be happy to share an exercise on making stories ready and how to slice them.

43. Pavel Gloss

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Established a rotating role (so called “triage”) each sprint for prioritizing helpdesk issues. It helped others to focus on their job. Second, presenting demos each sprint, even more technical stories (showing tables in message queue), and keep PO updated.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Retrospectives done by “team leader”, showing only bipolar things: what went well, what went wrong. It often hurted team in case of more failures. We learned from it, and whoever besides “team leader” could lead the retro and experiment with techniques like Start, Stop, Continue, which showed to be successful.

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
Looking forward to discussion. Would like to hear experiences, how to implement agile in very small companies (ie. teams with 2 developers) and be more effective than having classical project management.

44. Silvana Wasitova

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Write the test first: before Agile, I never even considered this. Now it’s so obvious.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Self-organization: some individuals adapt to it more easily, others need more time. A lot more time. 🙂

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
Always relevant topic: steps to ease the transformation. Business metrics to track. Strengthening the dev team and management team.

45. Tamás Hajdu

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly worked? What did you learn from this?
Most recent experiment was storymapping, the result was pretty great. We still need to learn how to use it better during the iterations I think, but it was a promising start. We learnt that story mapping could be a useful part of initial discovery process and next time we will probably start with it before we start ideating around wireframes and screens and flows.

What Agile approach have you experimented with that surprisingly did not work? And what did you learn from this?
Reshuffling team members in a common meeting where the POs presented the roadmap for their products. A few parameters badly set (too short timebox, too open options) resulted in a very interesting result, the experiment provided a lot of learnings, but was definitely not a success. I’d be curious to try it again with a modified setup to see if we had enough learnings for a successful setup or there is more to it. 🙂

What topic would you like to present to others and/or what topic would you like to hear from others?
I’m hoping to put together enough content for a discussion about “life scripts” – a part of Eric Berne’s theories in transactional analysis. I think the theory and the model can help us better understand both our behaviours and others’.
Hear from others: i’d be very interested in how to be able to assess or self-assess the work and success of a scrum master in any slightly objective way.