The talk was about how distributed teams should approach their Daily Scrums. The first part of the talk focused on the goals of the meeting and what teams should try to accomplish with the meeting. Why did I start there? Well, these days, I’m attending daily scrums for 2 or 3 different teams and I find it fascinating to see how teams handle their meetings and the information team members bring to it. Really, the goal of the meeting should be to make sure the team is focused on their sprint plan, make sure everyone is communicating what they are doing and passing along information about their tasks that may impact others on the team. Teams starting out struggle to understand this and their meetings usually resemble more of a daily status report than anything else. The second part of the meeting spoke more about the different types of distributed teams and how teams can meet to do their Daily Scrums as well as approaches that distributed teams with no overlapping work hours can take to successfully conduct their Daily Scrums despite the challenges they face.
What did I think about Agile Tour? Well, it was their first ever even in Montreal and I believe over 200 people attended. There were great speakers there such as Mary Poppendieck, Scott Ambler and many others. Unfortunately, my timeslot was right at the same time as Scott, so that really ate away at my potential audience. I believe I got around 15-20 people in my session and hopefully they had a good time and picked up some interesting things. For my first conference, I had a good time. I’ve spoken in public before, so that wasn’t really my biggest challenge. It was my first time running through this content though in a presentation format, so I’m glad I had the right amount of slides to cover my allotted time.
Next week, I’m going to CASCON in Toronto with Elizabeth and Matt, the two other authors of the book to host a three hours workshop on the same subject. I’m really looking forward to going there and finally meeting them face-to-face. The most amazing (and probably ironic) part of this is that we have been working closely together all year to get the chapters of the book written, yet, we have never actually met face to face. Beyond pictures in the IBM BluePages, we have never actually seen one another. Sometimes, I think there’s something deliciously appropriate to writing a book about the challenges of being distributed, with the authors being distributed as well.