Lean coffee y mi experiencia con Lisa Crispin


Hi testers!How are you? Today I’m dressed like Wally So today you are the Wally watchers 🙂 I want to talk about what lean coffee is and how was my experience participating in a lean coffee with Lisa Crispin. You don’t know Lisa? She is Lisa She is Lisa but I’m referring to the other Lisa To her. If you do not know her, go now and google her! She is a testing icon. Now she is talking a lot about devops. But historically she was a icon for agile testing. Together with Janet Gregory. In further opportunities, I can make a video about testing icons to follow them, if you are interested. Coming back to today’s topic, I want to talk about how we can do to make our meetings more efficent in terms of get the most out of the allocated time and resources. This is the same that Jim Benson and Jeremy Lightsmith thought when they created Lean Coffee in 2009. This way of making meetings is to arrange the meeting in a structured way but without an agenda. This could sound contradictory but what it means is There is a topic to discuss on that meeting But the agenda of that meeting will be created in a democratic way among all the participants of that meeting. So, I will show you what is this about In order to do that, here i have all my elements First of all, I introduce you the attendants. They are Mary and Joe. The attendants of this meeting Also we will need some post-its I like these ones that have a flower shape but you can also use the traditional ones. You will need a marker for each of the attendants. In this case, we are 3 so we need 3. And we will also need a whiteboard. In this case I will only use this table. So I will use a masking tape to create the dashboard. Let’s see then what is this about. First we need a chairperson or facilitator Who will be in charge of arranging the dashboard on the whiteboard or table depending on what are you using. And the correspondent post-its categories Which are: “To be discussed” I will show you the correct way on how to take off a post-it from the block Is not like that in a rush way but like this. So it keeps the glue. Next category is “Discussing” And the last one is “Discussed” These post-its are a little bit old that’s why they don’t paste that much. Well, once that we have the dashboard. What the chairperson does is to explain to the attendants the dynamic of the meeting So we can start the next step which is to write down on each post-it a topic to discuss in relation to the main subject of the meeting Let’s talk about topic “A”. I suggest “A”. She says that she wants to discuss topic “B” And he wants to discuss topics “C” and “D” There is no limit on how many post-its each one may propose. Here we have our backlog. What we are going to do is to prioritize this backlog. How are we going to prioritize it? According to the votes. Each one will have, let’s suppose, 3 votes. So, I give a mark on this one or I can also put 2 marks on this one and another mark to the other. And the rest of the participants can do the same as well. According to that we are going to rearrange the backlog noticing if there is no duplicated topics The next step is to move the first topic to the next stage “Discussing” We start to discuss Another thing we will use is the cellphone or any other tool that allows us to control time And we will discuss about topic A for 5 minutes. After those 5 minutes, we will stop time and ask Do we want to keep talking about this? or not? everyone can answer: 1) yes, I want to keep talking about this 2) I don’t know or I don’t care 3) No, I prefer to end this topic. According to what the majority says, we will continue talking about this topic for another 5 minutes. And at the end of time we will ask again. Or it will go to the state discussed and we will continue talking about the next topic. Well, this way of arranging meetings I’ve learned it at Agile testing days which is a conference that takes place on a yearly basis in Germany Now it takes place in other continents around the world But that was the original one and where I had the opportunity to attend And the one which I will have the opportunity to come back in November as speaker. It’s a conference that takes several days And every day at first hour in the morning there is a Lean coffee session. So you go, take breakfast and form small groups on which this method is implemented. So you have the opportunity to do this with Janet Gregory and Lisa Crispin In my case, I had this Lean coffee with Lisa Crispin Here we have the pictures of that working group and the backlog that we proposed I had the luck that my proposed topic was voted So, I didn’t only take this Lean coffee tool but also a guide on the subject I have proposed for discussion. I really think it was a very good dynamic because it was efficently managed, there were agreed topics It helped a lot to those that usually are not eager to talk too much In our case, all of us talked That’s why I strongly recommend you this. If you want to see more pictures about the ATD or about the other conferences I’m giving I invite you to check my instagram In September I was at the See test conference In Romania Giving the same speech that I will present at Testing United in Viena and in Potsdam in the ATD So, you will find a lot of content about conferences in my instagram and youtube videos So, check if there is something interesting for you. If there is any other tool in order to make our meetings easier or more effective or agile, I invite you to make your comments so I can learn, share and try them. If you like this video give a like These two guys liked it so I have two likes already. 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