Presentation Karaoke

Presentation karaoke is the situation where a presenter is provided the task of delivering a presentation based on a set of slides that he has not seen before. This would help a presentation to quickly adopt and deliver a presentation based on a set of random slides that he is seeing for the very first time. There are numerous applications associated with Presentation Karaoke. For example, it is used as an exercise by the conference speakers, so that they will be able to master the presentation. It is even possible to use this principle within an agile environment, which is highly dynamic.

During Presentation Karaoke, each and every speaker would speak according to the theme of the presentation. It is possible for them to have fun while going through the presentation as well. These speakers are behaving similar to the high performing agile teams. That’s because they will have to roll along with the punches.

The high performance agile teams ensure that there is ap roper plan, theme, and a backlog in place. They will have to adhere to that and work on their agile developments. However, the requirements on the backlog can sometimes change. This is where the developers would come across the need to adopt then and there. It is never a good idea to be panic when the requirement change. Instead, it is important to understand how to get things to work. That’s because it is practically not possible to go ahead with the flow when you are in a panic.

During Presentation Karaoke, some speakers will make connections in between the slides. Likewise, the developers in an agile environment will also be able to make connections in between the backlog items. No matter what, it would help the developers to quickly adopt and deliver the backlog items at the end of the day.

— Slimane Zouggari

 

DX

DX, which is also known as Developer eXperience would refer to the overall experience that developers can get when they work with their developments. In an agile development environment, developers would be using various software designed for them. For example, they will be using an appropriate software to work on a complex piece of code. When the software is too complicated, developers will not be able to get the maximum out of it. This would ruin the experience of developers. That’s the main reason on why a concept such as DX was introduced.

Developers who are provided with a better developer experience will be able to remain happy and proceed with their developments. On the other hand, it can promote a positive work culture. It is even possible to get the developers to work longer with satisfaction when they are offered with a better developer experience. Hence, it is important to ensure DX at all times within an agile development environment.

People who work along with technology would get used to obtaining recommendations for the delivery of new solutions from friends, colleagues, and the peers. On the other hand, it would be possible for them to get the products to the top of the list with good DX.

There are some important pillars that are backing up excellent DX. They include stability, ease of use, and clarity. Based on these pillars, developer experience would provide a role to the developers, which will help them to offer an activity. A good interface, miracle promises, marketing, and other related things will not be able to hide improper or bad functionality. If the software is not working and it is not delivering any value, it will fail to deliver DX. While keeping these facts in mind, it is essential to ensure DX at all times.

— Slimane Zouggari

#noestimates

When it comes to a software development project, we often kick off with the estimates. In fact, we estimate the amount of money, time, and the effort that is needed to reach the goals of the project. We also evaluate the estimate with the outcomes of the project, which is helping us to get a better understanding about the return of investment. Along with that, the team leaders and developers will be able to deliver maximum value to the customer budgets, while catering to their project goals.

At the time of developing a product in an agile environment, it is important to be highly dynamic. In other words, it is important to adapt according to the change fast. On the other hand, it is possible for the requirements to change quickly along with time. When there is a change in requirement, the initial estimations would be subjected to change. This is why it is a good idea to follow the #noestimates approach.

When following the #noestimates approach, it is possible to accelerate the development lifecycle. On the other hand, it is forcing the development teams to go ahead and slice their user stories into further small stories. This would deliver numerous benefits with iteration planning as well. That’s because the project managers would only need to understand the velocity and then figure out how many stories would fit in. By doing that, it is possible to reduce the amount of time that is spent on estimating.

All in all, #noestimates can be considered as a legitimate alternative that is available for the concept of story points estimation. However, it is important to remain mindful when extending this approach to the project level. By playing carefully with #noestimates concept, it is possible to get the maximum out of agile developments.

— Slimane Zouggari

#noprojects

There is no need for the organizations to implement projects in order to bring change. It is possible for them to follow a unique approach, a set of tactics, and appropriate techniques in order to ensure continuous change within the organization. This is creating the concept of #noprojects. The main objective of #noprojects is to align the activities to outcomes, which are measured by value. They are also supported by continuous delivery methodologies and guided by the principles.

Projects are capable of addressing a static requirement. In other words, the requirement is identified. However, the customer needs would change along with time. Hence, the need identified at the beginning of the project would change. This is why it is possible to adhere to the #noprojects approach and go ahead with continuously delivering change. Then it is possible to continuously prioritize the customer demands and deliver to them accordingly.

For the concept of #noprojects to be implemented, it is important for every organization to focus on the outcomes, instead of outputs. On the other hand, the teams should work on the activities, which can help them to create change within the context of a specific outcome.

Projects are known to be expensive. This is another reason on why the #noprojects and noestimates concepts are gaining more attention in agile environment. Since there is no project, you don’t find a need to estimate. Instead, you will be budgeting according to the need to proceed with continuous change and deliveries. This is a more practical approach of handling customer needs and catering to the customer requirements. It offers a high level of flexibility. On top of everything, it would address all the possibilities that are associated with failing a project as well.

— Slimane Zouggari

Value Stream Mapping

Value stream in an agile environment refers to the series of steps, which are taking place in order to offer a service or product that the customers are in need of. When it comes to an agile development environment, the developers are working hard to develop a product, which matches with the needs of the customers. In order to ensure that the product actually caters to the needs of the customers, it is important to ensure value stream mapping. Then it is possible to get a better understanding about the steps that should be followed.

Along with Value Stream Mapping, the developers will be able to get their hands on a set of key steps in visual form. It would also be possible for them to get hold of corresponding data, which is required to understand and make the improvements to the process intelligently.

It is possible to go ahead and design a value stream map for any kind of a product development process. One of the key benefits associated with Value Stream Mapping is that it is helping the leadership as well as the development team to understand where value is added to the process. Based on that visualization, it is possible for them to enhance the overall efficiency associated with their deliveries. Even if there is a new feature request from the customers, it is possible to cater that with the help of Value Stream Mapping.

There are numerous tools that the developers can use to go ahead with Value Stream Mapping. The developers will be able to get their hands on such tools and get the maximum results that come along with Value Stream Mapping. It can deliver a better experience to them with gaining the benefits that come along with Value Stream Mapping.

— Slimane Zouggari

Writing Agile Requirements

In an agile software development project, writing down requirement is one of the most important activities that should be done. When the requirements are clear and written down in proper order, developers will be able to go ahead and start working on them accordingly. This can contribute a lot towards the success of an agile software development project.

When writing down agile requirements, it is important to take a separate document. On the index page of the document, you need to list down the goals and properties of the document. You should be short and brief at the time of communicating all the goals of the document. Then you should write down the background or the requirement from business. If there are any assumptions, you should write down them as well.

Next, you come to the most important aspect of writing down agile requirements, which is the compilation of user stories. It is possible to list down all the users who are involved with the development and then write down the user stories. Your user stories should be broken down into granular level as much as possible. Then only you will be able to end up with effective user stories. The user stories should cover all different aspects of the development as well.

For example, assume that you are creating a login page for a website. Then one of your user stories should be “As a user of the website, I should be able to see a link to retrieve my password, so that I can recover the password when I cannot remember it.” This user story will represent one granular level requirement of the login page. Likewise, it is important for you to have the other requirements written down in clear format.

Next, you should use user interactions with the system. If there are any questions, you should list them down.

— Slimane Zouggari

Colour of organization

We are living in a time, where the organizations are reinventing themselves. This is where the organizations are inspired to design themselves according to human consciousness. This will create a major impact on the agile working environment that you are currently sitting in as well. The color coded typology will define how the different organizations would evolve within the next century. On the other hand, it is also possible to use the colour of organizations as the base and determine their future characteristics and attributes.

  • Red – This is referring to the very first form of organization life, which originated over 10,000 years ago. These organizations are highly focused and highly reactive in short term. Street gangs, Mafia and tribal groups are perfect examples for such organizations.
  • Amber – Organizational life changed significantly along with agricultural revolution. This was led by the settled farmers. They were able to give life to organized religions, social institutions, and political states as well. People who belong to these organizations are associated with powerful personalities. They are commanding to almost all the aspects of social activity as well.
  • Orange – Organize organizational life started along with industrial revolution. They are having a hierarchical pyramid as the basic structure. On the other hand, the followers are provided with additional autonomy as well. This is supporting them to go ahead and accomplish the management directives in an effective manner as well.
  • Green – Along with the increased knowledge of the workers, green organizational life was created. This was created during the second half of 20th This organizational life is all about building consensus and gathering inputs from all the different factors available around us. This would eventually result in stronger human cultures in the long run.

— Slimane Zouggari

Ruthless Prioritization

While working in an agile environment, you will need to focus more on prioritization. In other words, you should get the prioritization from the business owner on items that are available in the backlog and start developing the product. In here, you will usually give priority to creating the things that are in a position to deliver the most customer value in the first place

Ruthless Prioritization can be used to build an appropriate framework for prioritization. This is where you will figure out that you will be able to break down prioritization into two different scopes. The very first scope would be prioritization in between projects. This is where you will determine what project the agile software development team should do next. Then you will have to work on prioritization within the project. In other words, it is all about determining what user story should be taken into the next sprint, so that your development team can work on.

No matter how you are engaged with prioritization, it is important to have a ruthless mindset. This is where you will have to keep on making the same decision again and again. The time you spend on it will be worthy because you will be able to easily overcome the chaotic nature associated with product development. On the other hand, the ruthless mindset you have will be able to help you with making quick decisions whenever they are needed. This will also contribute a lot towards the success of the development projects at the end of the day.

Prioritization is important because it will ensue that you and the product owner are getting the maximum investment out of the product that is being developed. It will help you to reach the goals within the fastest time as well.

— Slimane Zouggari

Slicing & dicing

User stories play a major role behind successful deliveries that we can see in an agile development environment. However, the product owner or the business analyst cannot just work on the user stories. It is important to focus on Slicing & dicing to create the best user stories, which are in a position to deliver the best results to the agile development team at the end of the day.

If the user stories are poor, the development team will have to go through a difficult time to deliver them. This would eventually waste the time and effort that they are spending on the investment. To make sure that such consequences don’t happen, it is important to focus on Slicing & dicing. In other words, slicing will help to create the best user stories. Such user stories will lead the development team to appropriate developments, where the team members will be able to create a product that is immediately usable after the deployment.

When it comes to Slicing & dicing, you should also keep in mind that slicing is something bad. That’s because it would cut the massive story into horizontal slices. It creates numerous dependent layers. On the other hand, all the activities will depend on each and every layer. A specific layer would rely on the success of the layer under it. This would make developments more complex as well.

The best method is to go ahead with Slicing & dicing is to create vertical slices. Vertical slicing will ensure that the slices are cut with limited scope. On the other hand, it will be possible to deliver the user-stories within the shortest possible period of time as well. This can eventually help the development team to end up with getting measurable and visible results.

— Slimane Zouggari

Broken window theory

Broken window theory indicates how the visible signs of misbehavior and disorder in an agile environment can lead a team towards further misbehavior and disorder. This would eventually end up where the team would make serious mistakes or crimes. The broken window theory was discovered back in the year 1982. It refers to the way how the windows are broken in the realistic world. A damage in a single window would quickly spread and it would eventually break all the windows. If we can fix the broken window, we will be able to save other windows from being damaged as well.

In an agile environment, broken windows refer to metaphor. It is important to have strict controls in an agile software development environment. This is where all the team members should strictly adhere to the agile principles. If the team is failing to do that, there is a freedom for even more misbehavior to take place in the future. This can result in major losses in the long run.

The main objective of broken window theory is to come up with more aggressive policies. In an agile environment, it is possible for the scrum master to make sure that all team members are adhering to the basics of agile developments. Along with that, it is also the responsibility of the scrum master to come up with zero-tolerance policing. Such policing strategies will ensure that strict rules are implemented on the agile team, which is allowing them to work accordingly. In other words, the team will not tend to deviate from adhering to the agile development guidelines. This will eventually make sure that the entire team will not run into more serious negative consequences in the long run. The scrum master will also be able to keep full control over the team.

— Slimane Zouggari