3rd Day @ AgileTD.DE (contd.)

“Sepcification Wokrshops – the missing link” by Gojko Adzic

His material at http://bit.ly/1skR6I, follow him on twitter via http://twitter.com/gojkoadzic. The first two slides got my attention, what we thought was possiblly very different from what others saw, communication costs. I like his 3 examples too, the tank, the B2 bomber and the F16 cases.

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A very simple question “how many points are there?” with this star. Interestingly people have so many different opinions, more than I thought it could have. So it’s really that everybody has own opinion, and we easily misunderstand others without effective communication.

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This picture was also very nice, just explained the title. Cleaning up afterwards or developing workarounds can not really solve the problem, it’s always hard and effectiveless.

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The F-16 case showed the communication problem happen between teams and customer – “Requirements are often given as a solution to an unknown problem”, without questioning those weired requirements why, we’ll put ourself into big trouble in the future. Gojko gave the proposal :

  1. collaborate on specifications
  2. chanllenge requirements
  3. discuss examples
  4. involve the whole team

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“Investing in individuals and interactions” by Stuart Reid

Not listened carefully, working on Robot related issues during this session, occasionally watched the presentation, nothing too much interesting.

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“Agile practices in a traditional environment” by Markus Gärtner

Joined, still straggled with Robot issue, and the story was quite similar with my experience, not followed too much. Other participants’ seems happy.

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Panel Discussion with Tom Gilb, Isabel Evans, Stuart Reid, Mieke Gevers …

This session was not on the plan, and several key note speakers already left. I was working on emails, from the words I heard during my pauses, no interesting things pop up.

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So the conference finished. Go to the website for more information or follow it on twitter.

About Kaveri, Yi XU

Agile Coach & Consutlant
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