Are you Ready to get this Done?

15–16th June 2017
at etc.venues St Paul's

A 45 minute Case Study by:

Nick Loe-Startup

Holiday Extras

Slides from session

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

About this Case Study

At Holiday Extras (HX) we have a number of scrum masters. Several work in our web team, but we also have scrum masters in our multimedia, SEO and finance teams.

I've been both part of a development team using scrum for the first time and then a scrum master myself. We have the freedom at HX to implement scrum the way we think is best (best for us and best for our teams). With this comes both challenges and benefits (we collaborate well and therefore have great learning and knowledge sharing opportunities).

Definition of Done is a great case study of implementing a new process and highlights some of the complexities and learning opportunities we have at HX.

My case study looks at how the Definition of Done was introduced in our web team, how I went about trying to evolve it when I became a scrum master and why I think it didn't succeed.

I'll go on to look at how the Definition of Ready evolved out of necessity, but became a huge success and learning opportunity.

But Done kept nagging at me! I'll explore how we've worked to focus on both Ready and Done going forward.

What you will take away from this session are the lessons we've learnt about implementing new processes, the processes we've developed for Ready and Done and the benefits and complications freedom to experiment brings.

This session will appeal to anyone; you can already be working with scrum or another agile framework, thinking of adopting it in your organistaion or use our lessons in more traditional project settings. It is also not just specific to those working in software development - the lessons we've learnt and processes we've adopted are valuable and relevant to any team.

About the Speaker

Nick's been a Certified Scrum Master for over 2 years. He's spent a lot of his career in project and change management, working for many years in the private sector (in healthcare and emergency planning). He joined Holiday Extras (HX) in 2013 where he was first introduced to, and gained a passion for, agile working.

Nick joined HX as a software tester when the company was using kanban. Soon after, he was part of a development team new to scrum, before later becoming a scrum master and line manager. He now solely focuses on being the best scrum master he can be.

With the freedom to adapt, inspect and own the way he implements scrum, he likes to constantly challenge himself and others to improve.


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