Melbourne West-End CBD Lean Coffee

Lean Coffee is one of my favourite ways of learning. It’s a forum that brings diverse experience to the table on how lean or agile practices, principles and values are applied.

The Melbourne West-End CBD Lean Coffee kicked off January 2014 in the Guildford Lane cafe – Krimper.
Lean Coffee Kanban
The Lean Coffee Framework is really simple for anyone to follow;

1. Cards or stickies
2. Textas or Pens
3. Timer
4. Location where you can chat & hear each other

1. Always good to do a round table of introductions to break the ice
2. Create your Kanban wall
3. Give people time to write down topics they would like discuss to create the backlog

Prioritise Backlog:
Often groups will take a dot vote on topics.We went for blind vote – that is you can’t see what everyone else is voting for, much like planning poker
1. Number each card
2. Ask people to pick the most important topic they would like to discuss first
3. On the count of three, everyone shows their number they voted for (we used fingers rather than writing the # to save paper)
4. Order your top items according to what people prefer

Get Chatting:
1. Set the timer to 5 minutes and get chatting
2. When the time goes off, everyone gives a thumbs indication whether they would like to
continue on this topic – thumbs up
impartial to stopping or continuing – thumbs horizontal
stop this topic and pick the next – thumbs down

Often you’ll find the conversation can digress into another topic. It’s good as a facilitator to keep an eye on this and ask the ‘digressor’ to pop down the topic for the next backlog prioritisation.

Want more information on Lean Coffee – visit the founders site for more instructions on Lean Coffee Format.

Lean Coffee - Introducing Agile to your company

About Lean Agile Coaching Presentation

Join Agile coach Stephanie Bysouth in a conversation about Agile Coaching.What is it? Why does it help? Chris Collins also joins Stephanie to talk about what it’s like to be coached.

An Agile Coaches journey often starts long before one claims the title. Lean Agile Coaches come from a variety of backgrounds; including but not limited to, senior developers, architects, project managers, business analysts, designers, operations. Essentially Lean Agile Coaches come from many places. What start’s to set them apart is that they normally become a team leader, a team mentor as well as a master of lean agile skills.

Lean Agile Coaches will work through a sequence of stages with new teams. The first task for coaches is to observe and learn about the space the are moving into. It’s important to understand the territory, challenges, and natural flow of their current systems before taking a company, team or even managers on an organisational change.
This presentation delves into the why agile coaching, what agile coaches do, and show real profitable examples of how a coach can benefit a team, and companies bottom line.

Lean Agile Coaching Introduction Presentation

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Knowledge Conventions

Knowledge Conventions should use practical short common sense


OK, so I say should quite simply because i’m still astounded that developers or operational staff still to this day use poor disorganised logic for directory or website structure. I’m not sure if they just aren’t trained, or whether the cause is that they create their own cryptic ryhthm but I so wish there was more people like J. Edger out there.

The below is a very simple multimedia and naming convention document I wrote in 2002. It certainly seems quite non remarkable in it’s instruction and format; however, making things stupidly simple does seem to be difficult for a lot of people.

In today’s plethora of information being swamped upon us it’s even more important to have clarity in how you search and filter information.

A few top things to think about are;

– Author in a 3 by 3 rythm

– Powerpoint 3 point per slide

– 3 childs per point (max)

– Only project managers think according to time, the rest of think in terms of components, objects and artefacts. Organise by the character not by the age

How do you organise your information?


2002 Naming Conventions Document

Ask your users how they search? What knowledge do they need vs. what document is a good starting point