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Slides from November's Agile Welly meetup: http://www.meetup.com/AgileWelly/events/216188702/

Over the last two years Powershop has grown from 10 developers and two testers to a technical team of 40. We used to work as 10 separate development silos delivering work to a separate test team. Now we have small, integrated and engaged multi-disciplinary teams of development, test, design and product ownership.


We’ll talk about the changes we’ve made to get here, what we did well and what went wrong. And most importantly what we’ve learned about growth through learning and teaching.


Presenters:


Andy Newport - Software Development Manager at Powershop @newportandy

Brian Bannister - CTO at Powershop @nz_brian

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What we've learned about learning - Powershop

  1. 1. What we’ve learned about learning Agile Welly November 2014 Brian Bannister & Andy Newport
  2. 2. Brian Bannister @nz_brian brian@powershop.co.nz Andy Newport @newportandy andy.newport@powershop.co.nz
  3. 3. What are we talking about? How we’ve grown the Powershop delivery team, when we never have enough people who know anything: Growth Integration Learning culture
  4. 4. Small start - January 2013 10 Developers Culture shock Complex business domain Hard - morale Hard - build up the junior members Hard - integrate and make it fun
  5. 5. Struggle - January to May 2013 Separate development team Learn - similar cultures can be very different Hard - need to grow Hard - lots of people were remote Hard - Scrumbanish
  6. 6. Scrumbanish Sprint board with features that moved through: –Backlog -> Dev -> Test -> Release No need to complete 1 week sprints Really just catch-ups Worked for 5 people, not 10
  7. 7. Test - May to September 2013 Sit together Teach and learn Easy - dev team support Hard - testers sit with business Learn - testers = SMEs
  8. 8. Team leads - May to July 2013 No teams! Technical leaders Still Scrumbanish Fear of silos Hard - large meetings Hard - right people Hard - what’s the role?
  9. 9. Teams - August 2013 to April 2014 Better Scrum needs smaller teams! Hard - business buy in Learn - great for priority management Learn - sprint goals are expected, not rewarded Learn - team leaders are multipliers Learn - silos (aka teams) enable teaching
  10. 10. Lots of change - April 2014 Hard - fast growth, but we need more Learn - no-one has the skills Learn - smart, passionate Learn - <3 teams
  11. 11. Growth - April to November 2014 A lot of growth More to come We’re used to it now Developers at Powershop
  12. 12. Integration - April to June 2014 Goodbye dungeon Learn - sit together, share culture Hello today’s Powershop Learn - sometimes you need to force change
  13. 13. Dev Managers - April 2014 Learn - we have amazing staff Drive engagement Teach and nurture – Staff and community Technical and line Manage the SDLC - information vs decisions
  14. 14. Dev Train - April 2014 Starting point for all new developers Teach Ruby Enforce elegance Set culture 1 to 4 months Learn - attractor Learn - clear signal of values Efficient!
  15. 15. We needed another team We did this It worked OK Learn - some people were scared Learn - some people like change Learn - customers don’t like it
  16. 16. Lean UX - June 2014 Pretty excited More visible UX process Added a UX researcher Maybe more to come? Learn - integration isn’t solved by an idea
  17. 17. Tell us your problems Find the right solution Stops waste Drives engagement Hard - business buy in Learn - feels slower Learn - some people just want a task
  18. 18. Now - November 2014 45 people in dev / test / design / PO + 6 interns Total focus on teaching and learning Growing quickly, but feels normal Teams are engaged - they complain about it! A culture of respect in an irreverent company It’s fun and the kind of company we want to work for
  19. 19. What’s left? More integration SDLC process Need more: –Developers –Product Owners –Interaction Designers –UX Experts
  20. 20. Key take-aways Reasons people want to work with us: –Learning culture –Training team –High performance –Elegance –Diversity Silos are good
  21. 21. Questions?
  22. 22. Brian Bannister @nz_brian brian@powershop.co.nz Andy Newport @newportandy andy.newport@powershop.co.nz Contact Us
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Slides from November's Agile Welly meetup: http://www.meetup.com/AgileWelly/events/216188702/ Over the last two years Powershop has grown from 10 developers and two testers to a technical team of 40. We used to work as 10 separate development silos delivering work to a separate test team. Now we have small, integrated and engaged multi-disciplinary teams of development, test, design and product ownership. We’ll talk about the changes we’ve made to get here, what we did well and what went wrong. And most importantly what we’ve learned about growth through learning and teaching. Presenters: Andy Newport - Software Development Manager at Powershop @newportandy Brian Bannister - CTO at Powershop @nz_brian

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