Agile, People, Teams

#Agile Football Anyone?

We have been encountering some issues on my latest projects with multiple parallel projects sharing the same environments. We have had situations where demos were being held in an environment and then other people restarted the environment or changes were deployed to the environment. Clearly, there was a communication and co-ordination issue that we needed to find a quick resolution for.

Our solution

Borrowing from the talking stick idea of the Northwest Native Canadians, we decided to implement the use of a token to grant rights to an environment. You can find out more about the Talking Stick by following this link.

I have heard mention of using a talking token in stand-ups to energize the meetings. So our idea is to have a football for each environment. Possession of that football is required for all demos, deploys, and changes to all environments. Possession of the football can be reserved ahead of time or granted on an ad-hoc basis. You can’t take the football away from the other person though, it must be given willingly. Essentially you need the football when you want to change an environment or prevent an environment from changing.

I’ll report back on how the football concept goes. It is just another opportunity to make work fun in the middle of a rapidly evolving project.

About Terry Bunio

Terry Bunio has worked for Protegra for 14+ years because of the professionalism, people, and culture. Terry started as a software developer and found his technical calling in Data Architecture. Terry has helped to create Enterprise Operational Data Stores and Data Warehouses for the Financial and Insurance industries. Along the way Terry discovered that he enjoys helping to build teams, grow client trust and encourage individual career growth, completing project deliverables, and helping to guide solutions. It seems that some people like to call that Project Management. As a practical Data Modeller and Project Manager, Terry is known to challenge assumptions and strive to strike the balance between the theoretical and real world approaches for both Data Modelling and Agile. Terry considers himself a born again agilist as Agile implemented according to the Lean Principles has made him once again enjoy Software Development and believe in what can be accomplished. Terry is a fan of Agile implemented according to the Lean Principles, the Green Bay Packers, Winnipeg Jets, Operational Data Stores, 4th Normal Form, and asking why


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