Abstract/Description

A fundamental Agile principle is ‘Continuous Improvement’, yet many practitioners use a default visual workflow which changes little through the evolution of the product and team. This can become repetitive and ultimately the tool starts to become simple, boring and used for administrative monitoring only. Agile environments often don’t realise the power that visual workflows can have. Whatever Agile methodology you’re using, there are lots of things you can do to adjust your visual workflows in use to increase engagement when working through user stories as a team, and implementing these changes can lead to better conversations, collaboration and team thinking.

This workshop takes the audience through different ways to present the card wall, to make stand-ups more fun and interesting. We will look at ways you can alter the card wall to challenge skill silos and encourage more cross-functional behaviours, and present ideas on how to gamify the card wall in order to make it fun and interactive. Using learnings from the theory of constraints, kanban, scrum, team dynamics and system thinking principles we’ll also discuss creative ways to monitor cycle time, understand progress and visualize flow to challenge team patterns, behaviours and bottlenecks.

The ideas presented are supported by real world examples. The skills mentioned here can be useful when coaching teams in the benefit of cross-functional ways of working, improving team morale and interaction when updating the card wall and encouraging the team to think about the wider impact of the system they’re operating in.

We will discuss :

*Identifying problems in the workflow such as bottlenecks
*Examples and ways to change the traditional grid to improve cross-functional thinking
*Ideas to improve the card flow through cross-functional teams
*Ways to use the card wall as a coaching tool

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