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Arena of Done - a Guide on Mind Settler platform

I'm talking a lot about the Definition of Ready and Done in the month of February, 2018.  I sense a trend... wonder what I'm getting ready for....

I helped a smidgen with Marijn van der Zee Arena of Done guides on the Mind Settler's platform (Get the Android App).

Here are the Web versions.

Preparing for the Arena of Done guide.
Arena of Done guide.




See Also:

Definition of Done - the Ty variant

Exercise:  Definition of Done

Webinar:  Collaboration at Scale - Definition of Ready and Done

Positive Deviance Snooper Goggles

I'm suffering from a prodigious cognitive dissonance - started a new gig with a company that's renown for their process, written up as the exemplar for Lean, has given us so many of the practices that underly the Agile mindset, etc.  and they really NEED some Agile coaching... they need it bad.

My personal coach has suggested I get a pair of Appreciative Inquiry/Positive Deviance Snooper goggles.  He's suggested this leather/brass PDS-12 model.



But they look a bit tip heavy for the headband - I assume they are design to be worn on a hard hat.

I'm liking this model...


But for a little bit more gold, I could get a scope... with better temporal resolution.



So - what do you think?

Definition of Done - the Ty varaint

Every time I meet Ty Crockett at an event he shakes my hand and mentions how many people he's helped to understand their team's Definition of Done or Ready using the card deck I create some years back.  He's not bragging (but he should be) he's thanking me.  But the fun thing is that Ty has evolved a better practice than I did.  Maybe it's the repetition and small variations that has lead to the improvement.  Yeah - I think that's it.

I may get this wrong ... but Ty's variation goes some thing like this...

Start with a big board. Divided into 3 sections.  Introduce the concept of Brainstorming... Add dividers to talk about how to organize the outputs of the brainstorm. 
I usually print out DoD cards but do not show them to the team until we have a discussion on the types of things they need to consider. For example: Here is a section out of the PSM course that I always ask teams to consider…

They create their own cards and ideas (on sticky notes). Ty brings out…

Webinar: Collaboration at Scale: Defining Done, Ready, and NO.

I was invited to participate in a Scrum Alliance Webinar.  Maybe you would like to listen to us in a discussion of techniques to collaborate at scale (remotely and with many people).  The topic is one that I've got some experience in discussions - yet I never seem to get to done...
Collaboration at Scale: Defining Done and Ready and NO for Distributed Teams
With Joel Bancroft-Connors, Agile Organizational Coach; David A. Koontz, Agile Transition Guide; and Luke Hohmann, CEO and Founder of Conteneo, Inc.


14 February 2018 11 a.m. ET (USA).




The Scrum Guide is pretty clear on the criticality of the definition of Done: "When a Product Backlog item or an Increment is described as "Done," everyone must understand what "Done" means. However, the Scrum Guide ALSO says that the definition of Done can "vary significantly per Scrum Team." This leads us to examine when and how the definition of Done should vary, how distributed teams should cr…