Agile Book Club: Situational Awareness (with Jason Yip)

For a team to be more than just a conglomeration of people, they need to be able to work together effectively. Key to this collaboration is situational awareness: knowing what people are working on and when your assistance is needed. Stand-up meetings and informative workspaces are two ways of achieving situational awareness. Jason Yip joins us for an in-depth discussion.

Jason Yip is a Staff Agile Coach at Spotify, and formerly a Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks. He specializes in applying Agile and Lean thinking, principles, and practices to the development software, teams, and organizations. He’s the author of the popular article, β€œIt’s Not Just Standing Up: Patterns for Daily Standup Meetings,” which may be found on martinfowler.com.

Reading:
πŸ“– Stand-Up Meetings
πŸ“– Informative Workspace

πŸŽ™ Discussion prompts:

  • What does situational awareness within a team mean to you, and what does it look like when it’s at its best?

  • How do stand-up meetings contribute to effective teamwork? How can they detract from it?

  • What can remote teams do to improve their situational awareness, or teamwork in general?

  • If a team is working as a collection of individuals, rather than a collaborative team, what can managers and coaches do to help?

About the Book Club

The Art of Agile Development Book Club takes place Fridays from 8:00 – 8:45am Pacific. Each session uses an excerpt from the new edition of my book, The Art of Agile Development, as a jumping-off point for a wide-ranging discussion about Agile ideas and practices.

Visit the event page for more information, including an archive of past sessions. For more about the book, visit the Art of Agile Development home page.

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