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A New Biz Funk Meetup?

Nothing scheduled yet, but this looks like an interesting meetup group around lean content development.  Count me in!

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The Takeout Menu Approach to Biz Funk Agile / Lean

Okay, so you are a business or functional team, and you’ve decided to “go agile.”  Where to start? Help me out, coach!

Start by forgetting agile (or “lean“) for a second.  Instead, think about what you know: you know your team all the work you need to get done.  Now what about your work or your team presents the biggest problem or opportunity?  Is it that you have tons of unaligned stakeholders?  Or your team has low levels of trust?  Or perhaps your team is focused more on tasks and less on outcome, and you want to empower and enable your team to take on more responsibility and think more about outcome?

After this moment of self-reflection, now look at the menu of values.  Which value presents the biggest problem or opportunity?

Let’s say, for the sake of this example, that your team is not always in sync.  If that’s the case, you can consider scheduling a daily or semi-daily standup.  Start with this.  Coach the team so that they understand the value of the standup, and what the yesterday / today / impediment standup is doing for the team.  If the team tries to solve problems in the standup, create a “parking lot” of items that you can discuss after you’ve conducted your standup.

After a few weeks, reassess.  Is the team more in sync?  If so, go back to the values.  Now what value causes you to stay up a night?  Is it the fact that you have no way to show if you are on track?  If so, consider release planning.

And so on.  In this way, your team can adopt the practices that work best for them.  You don’t have to do it all at once.  You can make progress incrementally and focus on improving the biggest problem or opportunity within your team.

For those of you who like things to be literal, I’ve put the values and ceremonies / artifacts on an actual menu:

Biz Funk Takeout Menu

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List of Companies That Are Using Biz Funk (AKA Non-Software or Non-Developer) Agile

I have been unable to find a simple list of companies that are using agile / lean for biz funk purposes (e.g., marketing, content development, finance, etc).  So I figured I’d create my own list.  I’ve only included examples that I could verify with at least one source.  Not a perfect method, since not everything on the internet is truthy, and some of the links are a few years old, but it is a start.  So consider this list to be one of those “living documents.”  And you can help to keep it alive!  If you know of another company that is using biz funk agile, please feel free to suggest it (and your source) in the comments.

Company Name, Team Type, Comment / Source(s):

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Biz Funk Meetup: Content Development & Marketing Go Lean

ImageHave you secretly been curious about the word “agile,” but were not quite curious enough to look it up?  Or have you never heard the word “agile,” but now find yourself strangely curious about it?  Do you like puppies?  If any of these things are true, the recent Agile for Business and Functional (Biz Funk) Teams meetup event is for you.  After some quick context-setting by the facilitators, a team writing a book and a marketing team discuss what prompted them to try agile and how it worked.  Check out the video of the event if interested!

Dennis Clemente blogged about the event here.

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Good Reads

From time to time I’ll post what I think are the best agile / lean articles I’ve read over the last few months.  Feel free to suggest additional articles in the comments!

  • Agile Product Ownership in a Nutshell: I love everything Henrik Kniberg does, so forgive me if this video isn’t specifically focused on Biz Funk agile…I still think it is a great starting point and gives you a great bang for your 15min buck.
  • This set of slides is also by Henrik Kniberg.  Agile for your home!  I love how he uses visuals to demystify a lot of the agile / lean terms…and show the value of using it to organize your personal life.  Fun to scroll through…sort of like looking at the Facebook photos of a friend of a friend.
  • A 35min video / slide presentation on using Biz Funk agile to make bathtubs!  Save this one for when your netflix streaming queue runs dry.

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Agile for Non-Software Teams – Agile / Lean Practitioners Meetup

On April 9th, I will be facilitating short presentations from an Editorial/Content creation Team and a Marketing Team that used Agile practices to execute their projects and work at Kaplan Test Prep.  This presentation will be followed by a panel discussion where team members and stakeholders talk about what prompted them to try it and how it worked for the execution teams, while sharing the good, the bad, and the future.

Sign up here!

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Using Google Drawing to Facilitate Remote Retrospectives

I recently facilitated the sprint retrospective for a non-co-located biz funk team that is writing a book.  The team is spread out all across the globe.  How best to facilitate?

I settled on using a Google Drawing board replete with “stickies” and “voting chips:”

googledrawingboard

Interested to give it a try yourself?  Check out my colleague’s brillant write-up on the subject here.

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