The following is a recap of our Agile Community of Practice meetup on Saturday, June 13, 2020.
In this meetup, we sequenced our backlog of discussion items by voting on each of the items by discussion category. We then took each discussion category's top voted discussion item and sequenced it against the other discussion category's top voted items to create "#1s of #1s".
Here are the results of the backlog sequencing:
Facilitation / Coaching - Facilitate like a professional
Agile (general) - How to balance the "rules" against the "spirit/intent" of Agile and frameworks
Deep Learning - Improving efficiencies
Sharing Experiences - Share successes and pain points implementing Agile practices
Careers / Certifications - Current skills in demand
Agile Practices / Tools - Applying Agile practices in non-team centric environments
Share successes and pain points implementing Agile practices
Teams / Managers / Workplaces
How do I work with a manager who does not really want to change to true Agile?
Learning and getting to know folks
Leverage collaborative workspace for real-time or pull communication
Improving Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
PI Planning - deep dive on best practices
Framework comparisons - Strengths/Weaknesses or Pros/Cons
Creating powerful learning content
Facilitation / Coaching
Facilitate like a professional (done)
Creating powerful learning content for coaching and training
Improvisation in Agile
Learn to communicate in drawings
How to back on track in our Agile path at this pandemic situation?
Lyssa's Xwing Diagram - Agile Coaching Stances
Careers / Certifications
Current skills in demand
Career path for a Scrum Master and Agile Coach
Learn from experienced Agile practitioners and how to succeed to get that first Agile job
What certifications should I get?
What if I have no experience in SAFe? How do I handle the interview?
Sharing tips and insights about work search
List of Agile companies in South Florida
Path from Scrum Master to Release Train Engineer
How to balance the "rules" against the "spirit/intent" of Agile and frameworks
What is the future direction of Agile?
What companies are looking for (blends of Agile)?
Migration from PMO to Agile environment
Agile Practices / Tools
Applying Agile practices in non-team centric environments
Important Scrum metrics
Test-Driven Development (TDD) and Behavior-Driven Development (BDD)
Improving skill sets from day-to-day to all levels
Writing good user stories and BDD user stories
Complementary practices and how to integrate into team/enterprise coaching
Deep dive on Ceremonies - what do other SMs do?
Impact, Journey, Affinity Mapping
Story Points and managers requesting time estimation
Agile practices for component-basd teams
Template to report Bugs / Defects
Agile centric illustrations (spoken / drawn)
Focus for June 13, 2020 Meetup - Facilitation / Coaching - Facilitate like a professional
Our focus for the meetup was the #1 of #1s - Facilitate like a professional. We discussed two (2) parts to facilitation - the "being" of facilitation and the "doing" of facilitation. Also, the "when", "how", "why", values and principles of facilitation.
Some of the values/qualities of a professional facilitator that we captured were:
Bringing out the best in the team
Understanding what's important to the team
Eye to high-performing team
Guiding / Coaching
Eye to psychological safety
Listening to understand
Some of the activities of a professional facilitator that we captured were:
Hearing from the team
Knowing your audience
Knowing how to motivate the team
Moving away from the defined agenda to serve the team/audience
Starting with purpose, goal and outcome of the event that is being facilitated
Balancing between the defined agenda and having flexibility to adjust agenda based on team needs
Setting aside time at the end to check-in on goals and outcomes of the facilitated event to see if achieved
Working agreements at beginning of facilitated event
Parking lot to capture items not on the defined agenda or discussion topics that can't be discussed in the moment
Ensuring that "next steps" are captured at the end of the facilitated event
Ensuring that "action items" are captured with "owners" of those items
Gaining agreement for using ELMO "Enough, let's move on" when a topic is discussed too long
Coaching teams and team members to facilitate on their own professionally
I've attached a couple of links related to faciliation for your perusal:
Adding to the Agile Community of Practice (ACoP) Backlog
If you want to add to the Agile Community of Practice (ACoP) Backlog, just click on the Google Jamboard link below and add your offering.
Next Agile Community of Practice (ACoP) - Saturday, June 20, 2020
Agile (general) - Balancing the rules vs spirit of Agile
Deep Learning - Improving Efficiencies
Lastly, I'm going to attach all the documents and polls that we completed and reviewed during our session last Saturday below.
See you this Saturday!!!!