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

Effective Coaching Techniques

26th March in Melbourne i’ll be kicking off the Melbourne Agile Coaching meetup group that Chris Chan recently initiated. The Lean Agile session will be a sharing of my experiences and exercises to help other coaches improve their self awareness, coaching knowledge, and agile facilitation skills. The methodologies cross lean, agile, scrum and kanban.


For those who can’t make it I will be putting up pictures of the lessons covered shortly.


Coaching visuals are available online at  Effective Coaching Techniques with Stephanie Bysouth



Adelaide Agile Scrum Community

The Adelaide Agile Scrum Community is small but rapidly growing. Currently  the PMI and APMI have invited Stephanie BySouth to speak at their chapter events as an introduction to ‘What is Agile?’

A few small to medium enterprises around Adelaide are adopting iterative development and trying out scrum in-house and with clients. To encourage the community to grow we’re starting a meet-up to bring out like minded individuals and provide support to the initiators in their area’s of expertise.

Adelaide Scrum MeetUp every last Thursday of the Month.


Note: We are currently in the process of completing the paperwork to be an official representative of the Adelaide Scrum Alliance.