ALE2012 Unconference 28-30.8.2011 in Barcelona

Three days full of sharing knowledge, experience and ample opportunities for pan European networking for Agile and Lean enthusiasts. Agenda consists of presentations in the morning and the afternoon is built on lightning talks and open space. In parallel there is also running Open Space Software Development track shipping software every hour on the hour.

Follow event on Twitter: #ale2012 or use this direct link

On the road at #ale2012 by Kjell Lauren (@klauren69) 

ALE2012 twitter archive can be found here

Content and impressions from ALE2012 are found here

ALE2012 keynote videos are found here


ale2012 notes from Friday

Spice up your retrospectives by Marc Löffler

– Motivate people and keep them engaged
– Work on identified tasks
– What prevents them?
* Repetition -> Boring retros
* Same problems -> no effect
* No responsibility
* Tasks are not visible
* Task are too big
– Two root causes
* Missing reletiveness
* Missing purpose
– Purpose = The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or a goal
– You can’t fake purpose
– Why is it missing? Missing vision and/or mission
– Inject purpose to your retrospectives
– Add hypotheses into your retrospective
– Use metaphors, run e.g a soccer, the recipe, pirate, vacation trip, shopping, pirate retrospective etc etc
– Use retrospective cookies

– Any retrospective without a purpose is a dead retrospective
– Add hypotheses to your retrospective
– Play around with metaphors for new ideas

– Planning your next retrospective? Use Retro-O-Mat for help

Slides are found here

Building a Team from Values to Principles and Beyond by Erin Beierwaltes

Slides are found here

Keynote: Everybody wants Change but nobody likes to Be Changed by Henrik Kniberg

– Change starts with you
– Avoid the Us&Them problem
– Visualize the current situation
– Compare options including status quo
– Make a business case for your change
– Use metrics to visualize progress
– Ask for forgiveness rather than permission
– Don’t change other people, motivate them to change themselves
* Give them a reason to change (visualization)
* Show them a way to change. (Small, clear steps)
* Give them support, encouragement, and feedback

Slides are found here and keynote video here

Open space sessions from Friday
7 open spaces in parallel

ALE2012 Open Space sessions Friday


ale2012 notes from Thursday

Keynote: Temenos – The Agile Container by Siraj Sirajuddin

– When you walk into a room you feel either wanted or abandoned
– Anomalies test the boundaries of an organization
– Archetypes
* Pioneer
* Nomad
* Co-sufferers
* Charioters
* Prometheus
* Atlas
– What do they do?
* Dynamics
* Vision
– Discernment (rule your mind)
– Courage
– Grace
– Clean slate – clear mind
clean slate at multiple levels, action, conversation, thought dreams, stance
– Attunement
– Sympathy
– Equipoise
– Metis
– Limerence
– Myths
– Forces
– Here and now
* space – safe + unsafe
* time  – past + present + future
* daggers – passageways to the next container/future
– Balance
– Safety
– The influencers mantra
– Tiresias (part man, part woman, part animal, part machine=
– Supplication

– Archetypes
– Dynamics
– Myths
– Forces
– Temenos
– Hybrid
– The influencers mantra

Keynote video is found here

Evidence and Facts are Not Enough by Stephen Perry

Passion, Purpose, Trust


Common purpose

Pretence, Reality, Cost


Slides are found here

The Groundhog day of a Team Leader by Zsolt Fabok

– Learned helplessness, a human/animal that has learned to behave helplessly
– Learned helplessness causes
* Passivity
* No empowerment
* No improvement
– A super hero Team Leader arises
– A super hero: wants change, doesn’t trust the system
– Possibile cures
* Gentle push
* Simplicity
* Team setup
* New ideas
* High expectations
– Lead by example
* Sit down and code or test
* Do code review
* Read books (at least one)
– Have a team without poisonous people
– Team level
* requires vision
* communication (feedback)
* physical presence

Slides are found here

Perfect Problem Breakthrough by Sergey Dmitriev and Jurgen De Smet

Flip charts from session are found here

Open space sessions from Thursday
7 open spaces in parallel


ale2012 notes from Wednesday

Keynote: by Jim McCarthy

Keynote video is found here

Validate Your Influence by Ivana Gancheva

– Be aware and validate your assumptions when you observe and/or make changes to systems

– How do we evaluate our progress?
* Software productivity, Quality
* Short feedback loops and good metrics

– Influencing human systems
* Speed and effects of change
* Short feedback loops and good metrics

– Try with something small before you start big, evaluate!

– Goal
* Hypothesis: If we do x, we will achieve y
* Validation:

– Leading and Lagging indicators @Agile42
* Leading indicators: predict multiple alternative wanted outcomes, short-term future
* Lagging indicators: desired aspects of intended outcome/impact

Cargo Cult Agile Training and Coaching by Jose Luis Soria

– What is cargo cult? See video:

– Training or coaching?
Tell me and I will listen
Show me and I will learn
Take me in and I will learn

A map of Agile practices:

7 habits of cargo cult people
#1 Replicate (wrong or incomplete) past circumstances; trying to obtain the same outcomes
#2 Fail to identify the cause of an outcome
#3 Ignore how the practices actually works
#4 Strengthen beliefs when finding conflicting evidence
#5 Pay attention only to success and ignore failure
#6 Adopt a practice because many others do so
#7 Develop a preference for familiar things

Slides are found here

Democracy at work – How Agile SW Development is revolutionizing the work place by Vasco Duarte

Working thoughts for a better work place

– The work place is changing fast, pushed by global changes

– “Science is evolving one funeral at a time”

– Democracy is not chaos
– Democracy is not individualism

– Democracy is about what is common

– Adaptation requires sensing:
feeling, sensation, sight, hearing, perception, awareness, recognition, understanding, listening…

– Deep, real-time, reality bound, sensorial

– Listening leads to reflection
– Reflection forces learning
– Reflection leads to change

Reflection and Adaption in IT
– Responding to Change over following a plan

“Learning is not mandatory Neither is surviving” (W Edward Deming)

Are you allowed to bring up problems? Are you allowed to experiment?

Open space sessions from Wednesday
7 open spaces in parallel

ALE2012 wed open space


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