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4 May 2013: Agile Workshop After Action Report

by Communications Team on May 13, 2013  •   Print This Post Print This Post   •   


Mark Kaczmarek – Secretary, INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter.
After Action Report: Many participants were engaged in a six hour workshop with Dr. Suzette Johnson regarding Agile Systems Development. Dr. Johnson is a certified Scrum Master, however this workshop was not Scrum Master training. Most of the students had some knowledge and even experience working with Agile methodologies in their work, this prompted many questions. No curve balls were thrown, just honest deep rooted questions from actual work events. This is where the participants gained the deeper perspective from Dr. Suzette’s breadth of experience during the workshop.

The workshop also had several group participation tasks. The Ball Point game showed the iterative process that agile methods call velocity. Agile teams develop a velocity to their work, usually in SW development, that then allows them to determine the length of designing and developing new features from the backlog of requirements. By the way – our team was able to generate 108 ball throughput. Just in case one needs a high bar to beat at the next workshop.

Tight customer interface and collaboration are essential to systems development success. The Agile Manifesto for Agile SW Development was presented, not as hard rules, but as value statements. One of the most introspective slides presented was the Scrum flow and the relationship to the Systems Engineer Vee. Most projects are broken up into several Agile teams that include Systems Engineers. Their purpose also involves cross team collaboration to gain understanding of the bigger picture. Systems Engineers from the teams collaborate to maintain an end-to-end systems view.

Also presented were the five levels of planning. Noted was the fact that this area can be difficult since each organization may use a different naming convention for these each of the levels. Getting organizations on the same page is paramount in being able to properly plan and execute in an Agile manner.

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