Please raise your hand if you’ve ever found yourself in a boring status meeting.
A manager with a task list at hand checks the general progress. All participants (usually in turn) will give a status update and then the deliberations begin: 5 minutes talking, 15 minutes talking, 30 minutes talking and the list goes on. In general, after 15 minutes, the average person’s mind starts wandering.
Instead, Agile has the infamous “Daily Standup Meeting” (aka “Daily Scrum”). (Tweet This)
A startup is an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.
— Steve Blank
A ‘startup’ is a company that is confused about:
- What its product is.
- Who its customers are.
- How to make money.
As soon as it figures out all 3 things, it ceases being a startup and becomes a real business.
— Dave McClure
Regardless of the definition of a Startup that you may choose or you adhere to, one thing is common… Speed.
Have you ever been on a team? Have you tried to collaborate efficiently?
If so, you probably searched for tools that could make it work better for everyone. This post (which will be completed in two parts) is meant to share our experience on the subject and describe both the tools we end up using and the process we follow.
One of a team’s initial tasks is the selection of an appropriate work process, a way for its members to collaborate efficiently.
You can typically get there either by using a whiteboard and some post-it’s or by picking a tool that can solve the problem for you.
I tend to rely on the latter.
Working more and more with Kanban and Scrum methodologies made me create a presentation deck for a basic Kanban Introduction. Here it is , I hope you like it.
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If you want a more “textier” version of my presentation check this and this and this too…
I love technology and working with people. That is why I am trying to offer as much as I can at the local startup ecosystem and at the same time building Apirise. A platform to reduce time and effort required to integrate and maintain APIs. Simply, fast and efficiently!
I am co-organizer of the Agile Greece and API Athens meetups and I contribute at the Developer Economics Blog.
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Real life examples are always crucial in understanding as they can translate abstract theoretical concepts into things we can relate to from our experience. Anyone looking from above the whole Agile concept and its techniques or methodologies may seem lost. I know I felt lost when I first begun to be educated in the agile mindset. And while zooming in and reading specific frameworks like Scrum and Kanban is very useful, it is most interesting to get real life examples for the whole time span.
The book I recently read, “Lean from the Trenches: Managing Large-Scale Projects with Kanban by Henrik Kniberg” does exactly that, offers a captivating real life example.