Poll: My experience with Agile Teams is best described as:
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Not much: I have done some development/programming but we didn't use Agile
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Some: I have worked in a team that loosely used some Agile elements but not a lot like a Kanban/Scrum Board or Sprints
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Alot: I have been or am in an Agile Team, use a Kanban/Scrum Board and have Sprints and we follow Agile/Scrum closely
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SME: I am an Agile/Scrum professional/coach (certified/qualified)
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Where did you begin your Agile Teams and Development journey?

#1
Please reply to talk about your experience working/starting in Agile Teams. I'll share some of my experiences about working in Scrum/Agile Teams below to kick it off.

My viewpoint is as the Scrum Master (SM), servant leader to the Team, and my key responsibilities are to facilitate agile practice within the Team and to help the Team collaborate with other teams externally. I'll break this down into a short series and the focus on those who begin on their Agile Teams

Where do we begin our Agile journey?
For me it was coming from a Project Management (PM) background, I was always interested in programming which I did at Uni. As a SM, different to a PM, we focus on the Team. First assess the Team's knowledge and experience with Agile, then work with the Team to set the field for work to begin. Each member of the Team works with their peers to get through the Backlog of tasks and Stories (User Stories). Getting up to speed with the terms and facets of Agile are where it all begins for each Team member. Agile is a mindset, it's not a step by step guide or a set of rules to follow, its about collaboration, getting work done together faster and how the Team works together to achieve this. A cohesive Team is where it all begins.

What do I bring to the Team?
This is a question for all of us when joining an Agile Team. Ask yourself, given the type of work to be completed and what roles are required to fulfill. You don't need to know specifics, just general areas like what language will be used (technical role), or what technology/platform is to be used or how do we get information for the work we will perform (Analysis role). This can inform you where you can contribute immediately or in the future (through learning). Those in Dev/technical roles will look at the tech and design specs, where as Analytical roles (BAs, Architects, Designers) will focus on other aspects like UX, CX and Business requirements. Each person contributes by calling on their experience and sharing knowledge with the Team. A key concept here is Value. We each want to be valuable to the Team which can be done in many different ways, perhaps to contribute in preparing requirements, or to create solutions to problems, write code or create assets for the solution, in engineering the platforms/systems that will host/facilitate the solution or to be that trusted person in front of the customer/user to gather/communicate information... the list goes on. The Team will talk through what is required to get work completed and they will also talk through what aspects bring Value to the Team. We focus on Being Agile. To introduce a layer of Scrum here, we do this by:
A. openly communicating (e.g. talk honestly about how you feel, your thoughts on the solution or contribution);
B. continually inspecting ourselves and the requirements to see what is required; and
C. adapting to those requirements.
Being Agile, at a fundamental level, includes each of us being flexible both when we need to talk and when we need to listen. When listening to what the Team talks about, thinking about and responding to what the Team needs. We all want to succeed personally and shine among our peers, the Team needs to function together first for this to happen and then each of our contributions will shine together. 
My persona mantra: I will be myself within the Team, I will be honest and talk openly, I will look for what the Team (including myself) needs and wants and I will work together with the Team to achieve our goals.

Who is the Team?
Some basics of Agile and Scrum: The Team is made up of 3 main Roles (Scrum):
i. Developers (Programmers, Designers/Architects, Engineers etc)
ii. Product Owner (can include BAs as well)
iii. Scrum Master

Remember these terms are just an easy to remember name for each Team member type to assist with entry into Agile and Scrum. The Team members in each Role often do more than the name might suggest, especially as Agile becomes more widespread, we find that organisations are asking more from each role especially in longer term/mature Agile Teams. For example, a Developer is not just a Programmer, the Developer role is the most generic and many individual role titles fit within it.

To illustrate this, I'll expand further in another post on the Roles by focusing on the flow of Development for typical Agile Teams.

To gauge the audience here and how to adapt my next post, please select the option that represents you in the poll.
#2
@russ2020 I'm not sure what you wish to be discussed in these three threads (1-3). Like usually there should be some objective as to the angle you'd like to follow in a discussion, otherwise it's more of a blog type post that belongs to a blog instead of a Forum discussion item that belongs to a Forum.

Could you please edit the intro of your opening posts 1-3 so as to engage other members of the Forum and guiding them to what you would like the discussion to be about.

Alternatively replace the above posts with entirely different content so you can make up the 10 posts total, and I'll then delete my comments.

OR. If you are unable to still edit the above 3 threads, then submit three other posts to make up the 10 posts total and I will delete the three blog post threads.

  




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