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)
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.
I met Yiannis 4 months ago, he sure is an excellent professional with great experience in agile and lean. Among these he is an excellent person and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu European champion!!!
He wrote the post bellow which combines his experience on both of these worlds. Lean and Jiu-Jitsu. Nice post Yiannis 😉
A post at http://www.infoq.com/ by Yiannis Mavraganis
The startup game is a positional game with disciplined strategy (control-dominate-submit) that above all requires conservation of energy and agility. Agility is the ability of the team to change directions without losing balance, strength, and speed. It is a primary success factor.
In an another article, we will show how team agility can be developed, measured and maintained through proper training and an agile coach.
Adopt a survival mindset, try to avoid mistakes, and sooner or later your users will give you the opportunity to win them as lifelong customers. As Helio Gracie, one of the founders of BJJ, said, “I never defeated my opponents, they defeated themselves.”
Read more at: http://www.infoq.com/articles/gentle-art-lean-startup/
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