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The Agile Lean Europe (ALE) network is a pan-European open network for people passionate about Agile and Lean practices and thinking.
Since 2011, volunteers from the ALE network are organizing unconferences building a melting pot of Agile and Lean practitioners with many diverse perspectives and influences. It is intended as a cross-border, non-profit collaboration event for mutual learning and continuous improvement.
ALE2015 hosting city
There is an open discussion about selection of the hosting city of the next ALE Unconference in 2015 (ALE2015). One of the ideas is to have it in Sofia, Bulgaria: http://ale2015.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Let-s-have-ALE2015-in-Sofia-Bulgaria/652737-31314
Vote for it
If you like the idea of having this event in Bulgaria – you’re very welcome to support it by voting here.
Here are a few links about the ALE network and past ALE unconferences:
This year ALE 2013 Unconference will take place in Bucharest, Romaina on 28-30 August 2013.
I’m glad that ALE unconference became a regular event and is even reaching lands quite near our country. (Romania is a neighbour of Bulgaria).
Keynote speakers: Joe Justice, Liz Keogh and Bob Marshall.
Proposals submission for speakers: http://ale2013.alenetwork.eu/call-for-proposals/
The event is an unconference. Anyone can contribute and is good to be prepared with ideas to talk about, and to ask others about their experience in the domains of Agile, Lean and Software Craftsmanship.
Ideas are emerging all the time so best to keep up to date with the source:
Main site of the event: http://ale2013.alenetwork.eu
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/2013-Agile-Lean-European-Unconference/223341781143688
This week I managed to attend a unique event – Leancamp Sofia. It was an Open Space un-conference about Lean startup, Lean, Agile, Kanban, Customer Development, Design, … and other topics. I liked the idea of bringing up in one place all these topics and people interested in them.
While in 2011 there was the Lean Spark 2011 conference in Sofia covering similar subjects – Leancamp is an event with a bit different format and it’s the first time when it’s taking place in Bulgaria. So I was curious to see how an open space event of this scale would work here.
There was no hard pre-agreed agenda: whoever wanted to present something described his talk in ~30 seconds and for a 15-20 minutes in the morning (+ a few minutes around noon for the afternoon) we had a schedule for the day. Four rooms were allocated for the event (in VUZF university).
And it worked quite well actually – there were enough people wishing to host sessions on many interesting topics.
Some sessions were running in parallel which as usual was kind of problematic for me since I couldn’t attend all. There was an initiative geared towards collaborative taking of notes – not a substitute of live attendance but still may help to get idea of “what happened there”.
More info and pictures from the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/142961449222164
There was an indication that there will be more Leancamp events here (next one perhaps ~6 months). Within the organizers is Start It Smart entrepreneurship club so for whoever is interested – perhaps a good way to get notified about similar events is to get in contact with them.
Danko Kovatch will be giving free evening lecture on 28 May 2013.
When: 28 May 2013, 19:00
Where: Festa Sofia Hotel, Bulgaria
I’ve managed to attend a few such lectures with Danko in past – and it has always been a great experience. Highly recommended!
The event is free and open for anyone interested.
It has been a while since I posted here for the last time so I’m catching up with a bit delay.
During the April 2013 gathering of Scrum Bulgaria group – Stavros Stavru presented report of a survey about the “State of Agile Software Development in Bulgaria”.
While such kind of surveys have their limitations – it still provides quite interesting findings. It’s actually the first survey about Agile of this kind in Bulgaria (and not only in Bulgaria).
More information and the report itself can be reached from following references:
David Anderson, the “father” of Kanban Method, has visited Bulgaria this year to give a course: “Kanban: Optimize success training” by David Anderson and Teodora Bozheva on 20 – 21 March, 2013 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
He also gave an open lecture in the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics at Sofia University on 19th March.
I’m glad I managed to attend both the lecture and the training. While I had read the Kanbank book before that – I still learned a lot and I had useful insights.
Recently I came across following issue. In an electronic (or physical) Kanban board it’s possible to assign a given work item to specific person. Many work/task tracking tools support that (and it’s not specific for Kanban only).
What I wonder about is the possibility to have multiple people working on same item at the same time. In some cases – the work item can be decomposed into several smaller sub-items. I’m not talking about these. What I have in mind is work on which multiple people work together at same time to produce a single output (e.g. pair programming; or doing some discovery/analysis on one and the same topic – and different people contribute with their findings).
What’s the purpose of tracking who’s working on what
I want to focus on an environment which should stimulates self organization and pull style of work. So the purpose is not to punish/prize the responsible person if he doesn’t meet or exceeds some expectations. (I also consider the team could be non-collocated – so the electronic board is something they rely on for coordinating their work).
So here are some options:
- Visualizing responsible per work item may help people coordinating their work. E.g. avoiding having tasks in “in progress” state which however are not being worked on.
Having two responsible ones – may lead to situations where each thinks that the other guy is taking care of that work.
- Tracking and limiting the number of tasks each person is working on at given moment. (I.e. per person WIP).
This may be valuable in order to avoid hidden excessive multi-tasking.
Some options for tracking collaborators
- Each task must have one and only one responsible person (to avoid the above-mentioned situation: nobody working on the task).
In our pairing scenario – we can somehow select just one of the pairing team-mates to be primary responsible
- and either track the other collaborators as secondary ones;
- or not track them at all
- To stimulate whole-team approach it could be considered best not to track who’s assigned to specific task at all.
Since it’s a whole team responsibility. If we assign specific person – the others may tread that task as “foreign” one (especially for teams new to the whole team approach idea).
- And what remains is – tracking all collaborators per work item as equals without having a dedicated primary one. (Variation of this is – ability to define team/sub-team working on single task).
Since some tools don’t support assigning multiple people per work item. So in case we want 1.A or 3 – a possibility is to create artificial sub-tasks per collaborator. (I would say – that’s a bit weird decomposition of work and is likely to lead to confusion).
And if we want to follow 2 – then if tools allows work assignment, this may lead to confusion.
Presently we’re working like describe din 1.B and the collaboration on single work item is just not tracked in the electronic tool.
I’m still not sure what would be the best way to handle such scenarios. Any comments and suggestions are welcome.
Despite of the sort time (1 day only): it covered quite much: the Scrum theory, a Legoy City simulation game and plenty of interactive discussions throughout the course and during the lunch.
Excellent organization, great lecturers with much experience in the field of Scrum, Agile and Lean. Highly recommended!
Recently I attended a nice webinar entitled “Essential Agile Business Analysis” organized by IIBA with speakers Ellen Gottesdiener and Mary Gorman. During the webinar there was a twitter contest which I had the luck to win 🙂 The prize was the new book authored by Mary and Ellen: “Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning & Analysis” (which promises to provide essential practices for rapid discovery of product needs).
Less than a week after that my prize arrived in good quality (unbelievably quick delivery from USA to Europe/Sofia). The book is about 250 pages, really high-quality paper, very well structured. (Details about the contents can be found on book’s site).
So, today I’m starting to read this book. I’ll come back later to share what I’ve learnt from the book.