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Tuesday, July 26 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Help your organization outlearn the competition with Quantitative Improvement (Ashley Johnson, Arlo Belshee)

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Which practice is this?
  • Periodically...
  • Hold a meeting…
  • Where people whine and moan…
  • Perhaps generate action items…
  • Then don’t do them.
In theory, retrospectives are the heart of agile methods, the reflect and adapt cycle that fuels continuous improvement. In practice, many leaders encounter passive resistance: the teams find them a painful waste of time. How can we get the real world benefit without the pain?
Patient, “It hurts when I do retrospectives. Retrospectives suck!”
Doctor, “Then stop doing that!”
Patient, “...OK, then what should I do instead?”
This session answers that question. Learn a simple system of practices that give retrospectives clear purpose and yield these additional benefits:
  • Rapidly align business and development on how much to invest in improvement.
  • Enable individuals to make local decisions that naturally implement the agreed investment.
  • Actually solve the problems you see.
  • Make improvement progress visible.
  • Get credit for solving those problems.
  • ...Without wasting time complaining in a meeting.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Easily make team improvement a first class deliverable, like product features.
  • Concretely visualize, track, budget, and prioritize improvement like product features.
  • Simplify and accelerate both learning experiments and habit changes.
  • Align interests of development, product, and management to invest in both product and productivity improvements continuously.
  • Provide management insight and data into which teams are improving and which need help.
  • Leave with a simple set of practices you can apply immediately with any team that struggles with retrospectives, or fails to repeatedly deliver improvements.

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Arlo Belshee

Team Craftsman, Legacy Code Mender, and Rabblerouser, Tableau Software
Arlo helps you change cultures in large organizations. He transitions hundreds or thousands of people at a time to full technical and cultural prowess in a way that sticks. More importantly, Arlo gives your company the ability to change its own culture. He seeks to be the last consultant... Read More →
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Ashley Johnson

Anzeneer, Industrial Logic
Leadership and Self-Deception Patterns of Organizational Design for Failure Cargo Cults - Pretending Progress while Minimizing Results. Unlicensed Organizational Psychotherapy Open Source Ecology Modern Agile

Tuesday July 26, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
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