We hosted the very first lean coffee in Milton Keynes this week and it was a good one.
A great mix of creative agencies, transport systems, automotive, retail and consulting. All with very similar challenges and ideas.
In particular we had some great discussion around the usage and meaning of story points and how on occasion we fail to give visibility and consideration to the business/customer value of the work being delivered and instead only focus on technical complexity.
We discussed Scrum and how in very small teams perhaps adding in all ceremonies becomes an overhead. We started discussing what problems/inefficiencies we were actually looking to solve and that perhaps Scrum wasn’t the most appropriate solution.
Innovation was another that kept us talking for the full 12 minutes (8 + 4), how best to encourage innovation? what strategy encourages the right behaviours? how best to fund? what even is innovation? funnelled through one team or everyones responsibility? continuous improvement or disruption? does your business have agility?
So many questions, perhaps innovation is a great topic for a break out workshop at a conference, if anyone fancies joining me let me know.