Remember when, in your retrospective, you discussed the need for your three teams to communicate on a regular basis? That would have resolved the architectural disconnect last sprint, right? You eagerly adopted the well documented Scrum of Scrums pattern in order to prevent this type of thing from happening again. Your teams are now meeting every morning to talk about the pressing issues of the day and keep everyone on the same page. There's only one problem: It didn't work.

Unfortunately, many of our attempts at improving collaboration miss the mark in practice and are simply modernized versions of old techniques. Whether it's a Wiki (Intranet?), Sharepoint (Shared Drive?), Scrum of Scrums (more meetings?), or PSI planning (even more meetings?). It is time to look at collaboration differently instead of putting a new face on old ideas.

Join us to learn about how incentive programs can encourage knowledge scarcity, laziness is our default choice, as well as other problems frequently encountered when trying to scale up collaboration beyond a single team. In addition, you will discover some tools and techniques for improving collaboration that you can start using today and some others that you may be using tomorrow.

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About the Speaker(s)

A self-proclaimed nerd, Brandon Carlson works for Lean TECHniques, Inc., an IT consultancy that helps teams deliver high-value, high-quality products to market. Since starting his career in 1995, Brandon has held positions from development and architecture to management—and he’s still learning. Passionate about developing both people and products, he and his team at Lean TECHniques have helped countless organizations from startups to Fortune 100 companies improve their product development and delivery systems. Brandon can be reached on Twitter @bcarlso and pretty much everywhere else on the web as “bcarlso.”

Tim Gifford is a software delivery consultant specializing in Extreme Programming, Lean, Agile and DevOps. He has been producing software with teams for over 20 years. He’s been involved in projects ranging from a small websites to scaled Agile adoptions at Fortune 100 companies. In 2001, he created one of the first social networking sites without realizing it. He enjoys working in the community and is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences. He maintains and contributes to open source projects. His latest project is downloaded over 500 times per month.