DevOps is not about tools and automation in the delivery pipeline. In fact, as we have learned tools and automation is only one-third of DevOps. In overall, DevOps is about Collaboration & Collective Ownership, Focus on the flow of value delivery and Learning and experimentation culture. But sadly, many tooling vendors position DevOps as tools and process for the delivery pipeline. This will get the management excited because many managers think that after buying and installing the “DevOps” tools without changing their organisation will make their company instantly agile. This is like putting the cart in front of the horse.
Most user stories can be split. It may be hard to find a good way to split some stories, but most can be split. These are known as compound stories—stories that are made up of multiple smaller stories.
There is another type of story: the complex story. Complex stories are ones that cannot be split. They are inherently large or complex and there are no subparts to be pulled into separate stories.
Even with a complex story, you don’t want to let the story linger open for three, four or more sprints. Doing so
Makes velocity less predictable from sprint to sprint
Increases the risk of a developer going astray from user expectations , and
Allows the team to develop the bad habit of leaving work incomplete at the end of an iteration
‘25/10 Crowd Sourcing’ is a structure that allows you to rapidly generate and sift through a group’s boldest actionable ideas in less than 30 minutes. Christiaan Verwijs has applied this structure both to small (12–20 members) and large groups (>150). Not only is it an innovative way to identify bold, ‘out of the box’-solutions, it is also appreciated by participants for its highly active nature.
Saskia Vermeer-Ooms had the opportunity to facilitate a Team Mission workshop with one of her HR teams. She decided to use a string of Liberating Structures: 9 why’s – Ecocycle planning – What? So what? Now what?
Anthony Boobier created the Facilitation Canvas as a tool to help facilitators prepare to run a session. He uses it as part of their ICAgile team facilitator course. The canvas is made up of 8 boxes, each with an associated set of prompt questions that I have found work well as a guide when filling it out.