I attended my first lean coffee at Agile Cambridge 2017 this week. I found it delightful and I’m looking forward to attending more. So much so that I just RSVP’d to the next Lean Coffee London – join us on Tuesday, 24th October.
I had some thoughts about “What I wish I knew when I was brand new to agile”, one of the lean coffee topics and my reflections were too long for twitter… so here they are 😄
New to agile?
Begin with agile principles and values, not with processes and practices. Because the latter are essential, but what to do is easy to discard and hard to defend without the context of why.
Focusing on values and principles expands my understanding and makes me more persuasive. As a result, every moment on the agile principles has been time well spent for me.
Check out Fran Avila’s Agile Manifesto map because it links principles to practices. Fran’s Agile Practices Map spreadsheet includes extensive references for each practice too.
- Agile values and principles
- Kanban values in Essential Kanban Condensed, page 13
- XP values
- Scrum Values in the Scrum Guide
Get in touch with me if you’re new to agility or Scrum Mastering. I love meeting aspiring Scrum Masters and exchanging ideas & learning. You can catch me in person at a variety of agile events in London.
In the meantime, I highly recommend Barry Overeem’s white paper, The 8 Stances of a Scrum Master. Check out my recommendations for agile events in London too.