CBD April 10 2017

A very good session was had, new members are always coming into the team and spicing things up. The topics proposed below, actually discussed topics are in bold:

  1. Crazy agile success / not success stories
  2. How can you tell if someone is “agile”
  3. Best drink ever tasted
  4. Scrum is immutable… according to the Scrum Guide. At what point is Scrum not Scrum?
  5. How do agile teams rejuvenate?
  6. What do you look for in an employer?
  7. Pitfalls of working on parallel projects
  8. Project scoping with new teams

Once again, thanks to eWAY for sponsoring our event. They take care of us agilists!


Belco Lean Coffee #2, April 2017

OK folks, here comes Belco Lean Coffee post #2. That group has some momentum and they are talking about cool stuff. Here were the topics:

  1. How to develop coaching capabilities?
  2. BA’s in Agile – what role do they play?
  3. Agile conferences in Canberra?
  4. Peer coaching
  5. Is “prescriptive agile” such a bad thing? … to start with?
  6. Visualizing work on wall versus JIRA (tools)
  7. Agile past its “use by” date
  8. Biggest misunderstanding of Agile


We are expecting more great topics to come out of Belco

A new Lean Coffee era has begun!

Shoaib is now leading a Lean Coffee in Belconnen that alternates with the CBD session! Mad props to Shoaib for leading the charge and dedicating his time to make Lean Coffee a success in Canberra. So now we have the Belco topics to summarize below:

  1. Agile workspaces and dispersed team remediation
  2. What are the most important Agile values in todays organizations?
  3. Why the opposition to Scrum?
  4. Agile delivery governance versus Waterfall governance, what’s the difference?
  5. Do you need a PM, DM, and SM in one project?
  6. Becoming an agile coach
  7. Is this a suitable time for Lean Coffee?
  8. What are the leading agile organizations in Australia?
  9. What is Crystal method and should I use it?

So regarding point #9, I am assuming thats “method” and not “meth” 🙂

We look forward to seeing more interesting topics discussed in Belco!



Mar 27 session – top hit = “Agile” versus “Scrum”

We have returned to our usual haunt of King O’s. eWAY provided more swag this week and covered the bar tab. Many thanks to out sponsor! OK, topics are below, the topics we actually discussed in bold:

  1. “Agile” versus “Scrum”
  2. Agile games
  3. Agile certification – what’s worth getting?
  4. What book should I read next?
  5. What, if any, agile techniques or concepts can be used for employee engagement or motivation?
  6. Amazon impact zone
  7. Store 2.0
  8. Agile testing/CD – what happens when there are unacceptable faults in a product, but a delivery to a customer is imminent?
  9. SAFe? At any speed?


Our new Belconnen meetup is also doing well, Shoaib is leading that charge, and doing a great job.

See you all next time!

Tuesday Mar 14 session – topic topic = Innovating in large organizations

This was a special Lean Coffee Monday! Because it was Canberra Day on Monday, we held this session on Tuesday. And because it was on Tuesday, our usual haunt was booked and we moved venues to Highball Express. So right after Lean Coffee we got to take Salsa dancing lessons in a Cuban speakeasy!

As always, topics in order below and discussed topics bolded.

  1. Innovating in large organizations
  2. What agile metrics resonate with leadership?
  3. Best advice for starting Lean in Australia. With an existing product.
  4. Agile culture
  5. What are the “must haves” for Product Managers?
  6. HCD + Agile
  7. (Just listening today!)

BTW – thanks to our awesome sponsor eWAY! They had some nice gifts waiting for us…


Mar 2017 session 2. Topic topic = Do new people know Lean Coffee is about Agile?

The final writeup for Mar 2017! Topics below, in pri order, discussed topics in bold

  1. Do new people know Lean Coffee is about Agile?
  2. Hiding Agile
  3. Tech hubs – can ACT compete with other capital cities?
  4. Rules of developing backlogs with clients
  5. “Semi Agile” Does it work? When and Why? Transitioning.
  6. Broad estimation methods
  7. Companies that find warm leads for my PC support website



Mar 2017 Session 1: Topic topic = “Master” in Scrum Master means control. Doesn’t it?

Another great session, topics below in order and the topics that were actually discussed in bold.

  1. “Master” in Scrum Master means control. Doesn’t it?
  2. Leadership role in Agile
  3. Orgs want digital to engage more customers. But customers don’t want to engage with orgs.
  4. How far (big) can Agile scale?
  5. How did **** go LeSS?
  6. Beyond Scrum
  7. Product roadmap followup
  8. What’s up with the DTA?
  9. What kind of Agile are CBR startups into?
  10. Story points?
  11. What is the sonic screwdriver of the Scrum Master?
  12. Is certification worthwhile?



Yet another Feb 2017 post – top topic = Amazon is coming! What will it mean to Australia? Especially in the digital wars

Another great LC session with tons of great topics listed below:

  • Amazon is coming! What will it mean to Australia? Especially in the digital wars
  • Is Trump agile?
  • How to stop blaming external factors?
  • Design sprints = working fast
  • Gannt chart – Sin? Or necessary evil?
  • Define agile in a minute

As always, the topic backlog is in priority order and the actual topics discussed are bolded.


Feb 2017 Catchup post! Top topic – How do you train executives?

OK, it’s been a while since we updated the blog. So now it’s time to catch up. Here were the topics for February 2017:

  • How do you train executives?
  • What practices are in place at the companies people REALLY want to work at?
  • Digital nudging – OK or not OK?
  • Complexity versus simplicity – Finding the right balance for a 1-page summary
  • How to attract buying customers to fantastic pc.support.com who need PC help
  • Agile process performance appraisal – how?
  • What would a bigger Lean Coffee meetup look like? How?
  • For companies people don’t want to work for – what are the glaring missing practices?
  • What’s the status on Gov fail?
  • Good companies

The topics we actually discussed are in bold font, you can see some notes in the photo


The top topic of the week – Trump won. What next?

Another great session amongst agile friends here in the CBD of CBR. We now have King O’s permanently booked for every other Monday. Here were the topics this week (with topics actually discussed in bold):

  • Trump won. What next?
  • When is it not a good time to use agile?
  • How much of an idea do you need to secure funding/investment?
  • Agile versus Design
  • Role of a non-tech person in an agile team?
  • Product Architect job description. What would it say?
  • The Leader Stance – Command and Control, Democratic, Visionary, Consensus
  • Herding a PO
  • Visionary vision statements
  • Analyzing motivations
  • Wrapping up an agile project


It’s getting to that time of year in the CBR, school holidays. Pretty soon it will be a ghost town. But Lean Coffee will still be going strong with the people we have. The people that are meant to be there, are there. Thanks Harrison Owen!