How do you plan for innovation time?

Fantastic to see some more new faces prompting great discussion! We had some great discussions in this session. unspecified-2

  • How do you plan for innovation time?
    • Different types of innovation.
    • Give space – yes you can plan!
    • Different levels of innovation – top, middle, bottom.
    • Strategic innovation.
    • Innovation with exciter, kano.
    • Does innovation need vision?
  • How do you manage tech debt?
    • Attach value to tech debt.
    • Strategic failures to cause hardening.
    • Stabilisation sprints.
    • Utilising metrics: bugs, cyclomatic, automation.
    • Portfolio management
  • Can government be agile?
    • The world is faster – we need to be agile.
    • Not everything needs to be agile.
    • You need to break the breucacy rules.
    • Where are the government people?
    • If business can do it, why not government?
  • Are estimates worth it?
    • Business development needs estimates.
    • Runway needs estimates.
    • Estimation causes learning loop.
    • Utilising an estimation team.
    • #valueclash
    • Estimation causes a conversation.
    • #noestimate – Decompose to a standard size.
  • How do you get a team to actually be a team?
  • How do you transition to Agile from Waterfall during a project?
  • Agile marketing. What is it? How does it work?
  • How to ‘do’ or coordinate Agile for an initiative that involves teams from several organisations?
  • How to manage non-squad word?IMG_1663


  • Where’s the coffee?
  • Lovely session.

This weeks top topic – What I learned by reading Elon Musk biography last week

The new session time of 5:30-6:30 seems to be working fine. The Lean Coffee crew might try some other meeting times and durations, let’s see what our A/B testing turns up. 🙂

Our proposed topics this week are below. The topics in bold were actually discussed. We also took notes this session, we hope you find this useful.

  • What I learned by reading Elon Musk biography last week
    • Book – Elon Musk biography
    • Book – Extreme Project Management
  • How to handle slipping commitments/Ensuring team sticks to deadlines… managing excuses
    • Book – Anti Fragile
    • Book – Promise Theory by Burgess
    • Reference – Cone of uncertainty
  • Agile feature development for existing products
    • Reference – XKCD cartoon on problems and their frequency
    • Book – How to Create Agile Teams
  • How to get proposed sessions into conferences
    • Make them – controversial, resonate, personal, stories, focused
    • Proposed session – the story of a perfect scrum master
    • Top 10 agile questions you were afraid to ask
  • What do you consider to be good culture?
  • Automated testing and deployment
  • What is the history of the term “agile”?
  • Building and proving a new feature at minimum cost
  • Lean opportunity discovery


Our retro feedback is below:

  • Great, thank you, my first lean coffee, fun.
  • Notes on the wall help with remembering what was discussed.
  • I really value interacting with other people with experience and lots of different perspectives.
  • Interesting talks.
  • Enjoyed it. Could have been twice as long and would still have stuff to talk about.



Any feedback about the blog is also welcome. See you next time!