My session concerns the need to split a scrum team that has gotten too big to be effective.  At my client site, the client was going to split up the team without regard for the relationships that humans build with one another for better or worse.  I take the audience through a story about a hypothetical dairy farm and how the farmer needs to truly understand cows to make his farm productive.  This plays directly into my real world experience with splitting two large teams into 4 effective and better bound teams.

Ensure that you let us know:

  • What level of knowledge should attendees have before walking into your session:  Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Why is it that level.
    • Beginner - get some people to think about their situation without heavy handed psychology;
  • What do you hope the attendees will learn from your session?  What will the take aways be?
    • I hope that they think about the people dynamics when splitting up or moving people in teams - it will have a tremendous impact.
  • How interactive will the presentation be? Degree of interactivity on a scale of 1 to 5.
    • I'd say 2 to 3 - there are points where I solicit input beyond an ice-breaker;
  • Do you need a special setup? What do you need? Extra mikes, special table setup, white board, flip chart, wheel chair access, ?
    • I was going to say feed trough but I couldn't acquire a cow to bring in.  So no, no special setup.  I'm special enough.
  • Will there be a co-presenter?
    • No - no need.
  • Do you need a specific session time. Earlier, Later or is there flexibility?
    • I'm good with any time.  Ice breaker will depend on time but that's a dynamic thing.  I'm flexible.
  • Language of presentation. We are open to, and welcome the possibility of some bilingual or French presentations.
    • Mine will be in English.  My French is limited to kissing.
  • The default time slot for a session is 45 minutes. There is a possibility to have a double time slot session lasting 90 minute .   A 90 minutes session will be an exception and will require the  selection committee to support and appreciate the value delivered by the longer presentation. 
    • 45 minute is fine - I supplied the final page of the presentation as a timing sheet with noted checkpoints when I go through.  There will be time for QA.

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High Performance Teams

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