Agile Team Rooms can help double the productivity of an Agile Team. Most people are familiar with the Caves and Commons approach where the team has a common area on the inside of the room and private desks on the outside. Some teams dispense with the private spaces in the room, but few go as far as Menlo dispensing with the rooms altogether.
Feature teams, common enough in small groups, are all too rare in large product development - but they can be a key to scaling with agility. This article analyses how feature teams resolve weaknesses of component teams, and points out key issues to address when transitioning. It is an excerpt from "Scaling Lean and Agile Development," by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde, to be published later this year.
The Agile “self organising team” paradigm demands new skills of team members – including the people skills for which they may once have depended upon their Project Managers. Far from being redundant, management can now play an important role in helping teams learn new ways to communicate and collaborate. This article proposes some strategies for imparting new skills and suggests some resources.
Given their increasing frequency, the ability to effectively facilitate meetings utilizing teleconferences and desktop sharing tools is an important skill. This article offers tips and tricks. 13
A bare Agile teamroom is not enough - the comforts left behind in our traditional spaces were there for good reasons. Several experienced coaches offer advice on creating team spaces that work. 8
Sometimes, a new requirement is actually a changed business rule. James Taylor looks at how a business rules engine can help Agile teams work more effectively in certain situations.
Retrospectives are traditionally held at the end of a project - too late to help. Agile teams need retrospectives that are iterative and incremental, so improvement can start as soon as possible.