I got laid off. I stopped taking a shower in the morning. I now work shooting dice. And I still know nothing about agile data warehouses. But I know Woody Zuill was wrong; he told me so.
We did Deming’s red bead experiment and half of the willing workers got laid off, myself included. We used User Story Mapping to find an MVP in a forrest of user stories. We took “getting ready for work” as the epic, and worked it down to a handful of essential stories, such as “get out of bed”. Somehow “take a shower” was moved to version 2.0. We played the Power of 13, with handful of dice for each player. It was an interesting and powerful demonstration of the difference between a group of individuals, and a team. We started with a lean coffee exercise, that somehow, filtered out data warehouses. Woody never told us exactly what he was wrong about, but he made the great point that you may not know when you are wrong, but there will be times…
We tried all of these exercises, and more, in one (very full) Saturday at the LEARN space in North Park. LEARN is a great space for collaboration and learning; a lounge area for discussions, projections and audio, open wall space for post-it exercises, tables, chairs, open areas for games, and air conditioning.
The meet up came together in just a week through the AgileSD mailing list, where Woody Zuill announced “I am holding a FREE meet-up to explore and discuss Modern Agile ideas, Software Craftsmanship, software development in San Diego on August 15th..” We covered a lot of ground; very worthwhile. I’m glad that I still have my actual job, I’ve got a bunch of new ideas to try.
by Tom Greene