Elly Griffith-Ward: Investigating personalities in Agile teams to improve communication and collaboration

In this team, the communication with stakeholders was a problem. The stakeholders make it clear they were not satisfied with the information they were getting from the team. On top of that, Elly felt she was not able to connect with, and understand all the people in the team. She decided to try the DISC personality test with the team. She facilitated a workshop where the focus on the personalities in the team.

In this episode, we refer to the book Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss.

About Elly Griffith-Ward

Elly is an Agile Coach at a major e-commerce company. Previously in user research (and a royal food historian). She aims to 1) improve the experience of work through reducing mental load, improving communication and forming strong teams 2) shift the focus from managing the worker to managing the work by focusing on flow and waste.

You can link with Elly Griffith-Ward on LinkedIn and connect with Elly Griffith-Ward on Twitter.

Caterina Reinker: SAFe adoption, a story of involving the business owners long enough for change to happen

When a new organization starts to adopt SAFe, they usually start with a push by management. However, it’s not always easy to keep management’s attention on that change for a long time. In this episode, we hear about a SAFe adoption where Caterina and the team were able to keep management’s attention on the adoption of SAFe enough to help all the teams learn, adopt and adapt to this new framework.

About Caterina Reinker

Caterina is a social anthropologist and passionate Scrum Master. She regards organizations like villages – or cities – with their own language, institutions, and explicit and many implicit rules. Caterina works and lives in Germany and helps groups of people, big and small, in their agile journey.

You can link with Caterina Reinker on LinkedIn.

Matthias Kostwein: Helping a client organization change, the Product Owner as the ultimate Agile change agent

This team had had a Product Owner from the client organization. However, that PO was no longer available, and Matthias joined the team as their new Product Owner. The team was overworked, and the client had many expectations which were causing further pressure on the team. Matthias, joining as the new PO, needed to help the team and the client align better their processes and even help change some processes in the client organization. As the Product Owner, however, he was in a tough spot. He needed to help the team define their work, but also help the client organization change. Listen in to learn how Matthias was able to take on the role of a change agent, even as the Product Owner for the team.

About Matthias Kostwein

Matthias is a Project Manager, turned Programmer, turned PO, turned Client Service Director with a varied background in different industries from Mechanical Engineering to IT Agencies. Throughout all of his journey, Agile has been part of his work life, even before he knew what Scrum was.

You can link with Matthias Kostwein on LinkedIn.

Ali Asl: Using Portfolio Kanban to help coordinate work in multiple Agile teams

Ali had been in that organization for 9 months. When he started, the team was too large (40 people), and he had to help split and reform the team. In this episode, we explore the steps and techniques Ali learned about helping teams re-form after splitting a team that is too large.

In this episode, we refer to Portfolio Kanban, as a technique to help coordinate work in multiple teams.

About Ali Asl

Ali is an experienced and accomplished Independent Agile Coach, Trainer and Scrum Master focused on supporting organizations and teams in the application of Agile values and principles to deliver quality and value.

You can link with Ali Asl on LinkedIn.

Bert Heymans: How to help a Scrum team define and implement WIP limits in their process, a Kanban starting point

Bert shares a story of a change that affected a small team, of 6 people. As this story starts, we hear that the team was working within the Scrum framework, but they had a testing column in their board what was always full/busy. Bert started to help the team figure out why that was, and what they could do to get out of that anti-pattern. They discussed Theory of Constraints, Single Piece Flow, and Work in process limits (WIP limits), and decided to try and impose a limit to the number of items in the testing column. This proved to be a huge change for the team, and Bert shares some tips on how we can help teams going through similar changes.

About Bert Heymans

Bert is a long time Lean Management aficionado and project management tool specialist, along the way he fell in love with business analysis and teaching business analysis techniques. In 2016 he founded Lean Coffee Ghent and has been at it since.

You can link with Bert Heymans on LinkedIn and connect with Bert Heymans on Twitter.

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