Cat Swetel

Cat Swetel

Abstract

What is Agile and why does it continue to be so popular? Are Agile methods appropriate in any context? This workshop is an introduction to Agile, rather than a specific Agile methodology (like Scrum or Kanban). Through an interactive simulation (aka game), attendees will learn how the principles of the Agile Manifesto can be applied at the team and program levels.

During the workshop, participants will learn the power of visualizing knowledge work by creating an Agile task board. Participants will also have the opportunity to use multiple common visualizations (scatter plot, distribution) to make time in process and delivery date predictions. Additionally, by understanding Littleā€™s Law and net flow, participants will learn to describe their confidence in those historical data based predictions.

Workshop Outline:

  • Intro to Agile (history and Manifesto)
  • Intro to common Agile methods and movements (eg Scrum, Kanban, DevOps)
  • Featureban simulation/game
  • Debrief, retrospective, and action items

At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will be ready to evaluate different Agile methods for best fit and begin experimenting with the practical application of Agile principles.

In addition to being a great introduction to Lean and Agile, Featureban is Creative Commons licensed, meaning attendees may recreate and modify the game to play with their teams/colleagues.

About Cat Swetel

Cat has experience applying Agile and lean principles in a variety of settings: from startups to large enterprises, warehouses to web, etc. She is passionate about increasing diversity in tech. In her leisure time, Cat enjoys making jokes about Bitcoin, hiking, and reading feminist literature.

What is Agile and why does it continue to be so popular? Are Agile methods appropriate in any context? This workshop is an introduction to Agile, rather than a specific Agile methodology (like Scrum or Kanban). Through an interactive simulation (aka game), attendees will learn how the principles of the Agile Manifesto can be applied at the team and program levels.