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Re: [XP] Teaching practices outside of a team scope

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  • Wouter Lagerweij
    Thanks Charlie, I will certainly follow this advice, and I m arranging to get everyone (as far as possible...) together to discuss. I have noticed in the past
    Message 1 of 3 , Sep 13, 2010
      Thanks Charlie,

      I will certainly follow this advice, and I'm arranging to get everyone (as
      far as possible...) together to discuss.

      I have noticed in the past (in other companies) that there are often
      misconceptions about some of the practices that need to be addressed as
      well. Pairing doesn't seem to register much except as a knowledge transfer
      approach, and TDD is surprisingly often thought to be 'Tests Deemed Done'...
      It seems that for most people the value of the practices is only clear after
      having experienced working with them. This time I will need to convince more


      On Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 4:22 PM, Charlie Poole

      > Hi Wouter,
      > I would suggest getting all the developers in that situation together and
      > raising the question with them. ideally, you want everyone to agree that
      > learning XP practices is a goal for them. Then you and they can brainstorm
      > ways to do it. Some obvious answers will come up from the group and
      > you can hold back and introduce any ideas of yours that are not brought
      > up by others.
      > Essentially, you're trying to create a self-organizing team of coaches
      > here,
      > so let them organize. As a side effect, you're getting some do-it-yourself
      > leadership training.
      > Charlie
      > On Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 3:28 AM, Wouter Lagerweij <wouter@...<wouter%40lagerweij.com>>
      > wrote:
      > > Hi,
      > >
      > > I'm new to this list, so let me start by quickly introducing myself. My
      > > background is Java development. I worked with XP in my first job (which
      > > started somewhere around 1998), which was a nice start. I didn't quite
      > > understand what I was missing (apart from a generic 'But what about the
      > > tests!' feeling) in later jobs, but got back on track when we were
      > > introducing scrum at my previous job, at TomTom. Now I've started work as
      > > 'Agile Coach'/Scrum Master through a consultancy company where we're
      > trying
      > > to become more agile in both our internal projects and when working at
      > > client locations.
      > > Quite a few of our people are in teams that are *nominally* doing scrum,
      > for
      > > instance, but are not getting anywhere because the technical side is not
      > > taken care of. And they can't help steer that effort if they don't know
      > what
      > > it should look (feel?) like. (To be sure, the non-technical parts are
      > often
      > > also not in great condition, but it's harder for them to influence that.)
      > >
      > > I'm now trying to ensure that all our developers get familiar with (and
      > at
      > > some point good at...) the XP practices, since I think those are crucial
      > to
      > > being in any way successful at agile (or any) development.
      > > In previous situations, this was always within a team context, where by
      > > mixing more and less experienced developers, and some mentoring in the
      > team,
      > > it was possible to gradually work in the right direction.
      > >
      > > In the current situation, most of the people work at separate clients,
      > and
      > > on separate projects. The internal projects are moving in the right
      > > direction, but I was wondering how to approach this with people working
      > > 'outside'.
      > >
      > > My current plan is to start with arranging for some training, but I'm not
      > > sure how to continue after that as I think that continued support is
      > usually
      > > needed to really get something to stick.
      > > But how can our people (and should they) use XP practices in non-xp
      > teams?
      > > Is it even possible to do mentoring-at-a-distance? We have fairly regular
      > > meetings where I thought I could set-up some coding dojos, but would that
      > be
      > > sufficient?
      > >
      > > So I'm looking for advice!
      > > I know this is far from an ideal situation, but I still think that that
      > > getting started in this direction is better than not doing that...
      > >
      > > thanks,
      > >
      > > Wouter
      > >
      > >
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      > >
      > >
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