Tales from the Agile battlefield

Tales from the Agile battlefield

This talk covers some of the things we've implemented at onefinestay to optimise the sprints run within the engineering team, as well as a few lessons learnt in the process. It focuses on feature lifecycle from scoping, through development, to release and looks at some of the tools we use to keep the process running smoothly.


Fergus Doyle

December 05, 2013


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    What this talk is and what it's not Highlights of

    some lessons learnt in moving to agile A description of our current working process An overview of some of the things we're working towards It is NOT a scrum master training session...
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    onefinestay is a hotel operated out of other people's homes.

    1500+ homes across London, New York, Paris and LA 100s of daily activities 400+ concurrent guests over Christmas
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    A little bit about onefinestay Engineering Development teams of 2-10

    developers ~20 developers running parallel sprints Building for internal clients as much as customers
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    Sprints 2 week parallel sprints for dev teams Monday-Friday Daily

    standups Sprint checkins / Team standups Sprint planning Thursday before the sprint starts Hack / Test days the first Monday of the sprint Retrospectives the last Friday of the sprint
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    Development life cycle Branch ALL the things GitHub pull request

    ALL the things (?!) Code review ALL the things Build ALL the things
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    The Battlefield Know the enemy (individual sprint plans) Team formation

    (blockers / dependencies) Decisive blows (closing out tickets)
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    What did we learn Only add process where necessary Make

    sure "value" is based on the team scale Facilitate people doing what they're good at Iterate process changes sprint to sprint Make sure the tools work
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    / Fergus Doyle @junkafarian Where to find me twitter.com/junkafarian github.com/junkafarian

    speakerdeck.com/junkafarian ... or grabbing a drink after this talk