16 - 17th June 2016
etc.venues St Paul's, London, UK

Will you tango with me? A year long journey towards scrum

Jully Kim Fastly
Jade Applegate Fastly

Session type: Case Study
Session duration: 60 minutes

Slides from session

The slides used for this session are available to download from here.

About this Case Study

This case study will focus on using scrum to deliver a technical re-platform. We plan to focus on 4 main topic areas. Firstly, we'll cover issues we ran into related to scope. What started out as a technical rewrite ended up also including a full design overhaul. We should have asked 'what is the scope of what we're actually on the hook to deliver?' rather than allowing feature and design scope creep. Implementing scrum in what was once a process-less team helped us manage scope and priority.

Secondly, we'll discuss how we established communication patterns, expectations, team norms and culture. The scrum ceremonies allowed us regular communication channels and estimation allowed us consistent team velocity measurements. We also used retrospectives as a tool to surface and address team dysfunctions, to evaluate output and experiment with new processes. Thirdly, we found value in company-wide scrum training and bringing in subject matter experts. This led to a consistent and shared knowledge of scrum basics as well as in-depth discussions regarding estimation and velocity. Finally, we'll wrap up with major lessons learned throughout our scrum adoption process, including becoming more comfortable with change as a team, while improving both our process and technical output.

About the Speakers

Jully Kim

Jully is an agile programme manager at Fastly and has been in the project management field for over 10 years. She is responsible for agile implementation and adoption at Fastly as well as being a scrum master for 2 high profile teams and leading the Scrum Master Guild. Jully is also the co-organizer of the SF Agile Practitioners Meetup and a UC Berkeley alumna. When she isn't clicking buttons on a computer, she's watching Star Wars with her 2 spunky daughters, planning parties and eating ribs.

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Jade Applegate

Jade Applegate is a software engineer at Fastly and a founding member of its user experience team. In this role, she works with front-end technologies to create more beautiful and functional experiences. She serves as a mentor to several female junior engineers in the Bay Area and is an alum of General Assembly. Jade enjoys rapid prototyping, pair programming, and her Yorkie-mix named Pip. In her spare time, she likes to DIY, travel, and do handstands.

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