One key aspect of dealing with the Work in Progress is to visualize the queues. We have come a long way with dealing with explicit requests that come from outside. But, how do we deal with technical problems that come from within?
Let’s take the architecture of the system. It’s rather important as it can make or break your system in the long run. Of course, the agile mantra tells us that we should emerge the architecture. This sounds great, but how do we make sure it goes in the right direction?
One way to approach it is to make technical tasks explicit and put them in the same queue as the functional ones. This never really works because of two reasons: (1) business can rarely prioritize the work, and (2) it does not fit development workflows.
We argue that it is necessary to approach technical concerns differently. We still need to make them explicit, and we also need a queue. Only, it’s a different queue that is managed exclusively by the team and worked while dealing with regular tasks.
In this interactive talk we show concrete examples of how this works in practice.
Tudor Gîrba (tudorgirba.com) obtained his PhD in 2005 from the University of Bern, and he now works as an independent consultant and coach. He leads the work on the Moose platform for software and data analysis (moosetechnology.org), he founded the Glamorous Toolkit project for rethinking the IDE (gt.moosetechnology.org), and he is a board member of the Pharo live programming environment (pharo.org).
Tudor advocates that software assessment must be recognized as a critical software engineering activity, and he authored the humane assessment method (humane-assessment.com) to help teams to rethink the way they manage complex software systems and data sets.
He also developed the demo-driven innovation method (demodriven.com) as a combination of design thinking, idea prototyping and storytelling. In 2014, he won the prestigious Dahl-Nygaard Junior Prize (aito.org) for his work on modeling and visualization of evolution and interplay of large numbers of objects.
18.00 - 18.30 Reception
1830 - 19.30 Talk
19.30 - Apéro