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teaching:labs:xp:2009a:preparation_first_meeting_reflection [2009/01/12 22:30]
Daniel Speicher
teaching:labs:xp:2009a:preparation_first_meeting_reflection [2018/05/09 01:59] (current)
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 +====== Reflection of the first preparation meeting ======
 +
 +===== Anonymous Feedback =====
 +
 +==== Overall Satisfaction ====
 +
 +{{:​teaching:​labs:​xp:​2009a:​firstmeetingoverallsatisfaction.png ​ |}}
 +
 +[The following interpretation of the scale was given before the poll: 5 represents a rather neutral feeling. Below 5 there is dissatisfaction and above 5 satisfaction.]
 +
 +==== Technology learned ====
 +
 +{{:​teaching:​labs:​xp:​2009a:​firstmeetingtechnologylearned.png ​ |}}
 +
 +[No interpretation of the scale was given, but it seems to be natural to interpret 0 as "​nothing learned"​ and 10 as "​learned as much as possible in the given time"​.]
 +
 +==== Comments ====
 +[In alphabetical order.]
 +
 +  * "​Unified"​ infrastructure to avoid presentation problems.
 +  * A more planned time schedule would be nice!
 +  * All basic technology was already known. ​ The presentations were nice to refresh the knowledge.
 +  * Missed some practice!
 +  * More time to prepare for the topics.
 +  * More time to prepare the presentation and a clearer time schedule about the presentations would have been nice.
 +  * Overall environment was very nice.
 +  * So little time for practical stuff on Prolog.
 +  * Way too low time for good introduction to huge topics as TDD/​Test-First.
 +  * Would make sense to do some hands-in exercise, so each could try the problems.
 +
 +
 +===== Collective Review =====
 +
 +==== Keep ====
 +  * Games
 +  * [dsp: There were a lot of good things in the presentations.]
 +  * [dsp: The meeting times were respected!]
 +  * [dsp: Open mind to game experiments.]
 +
 +==== Drop ====
 +  * [No idea]
 +  * [dsp: Cookies are only provided close to Christmas. ;-)]
 +
 +==== Try ====
 +  * Strict schedule
 +  * More small breaks
 +  * More time for exercises
 +  * More time for discussion
 +  * Include the extra time [for games etc.] in the schedule
 +
 +===== Consequences =====
 +
 +==== Discussed during the meeting ====
 +  * Although the need to have more time for the topics was felt by almost everybody, a quick poll showed that extending our next meeting is not an option (4 of 10 votes against this suggestion are striking).
 +  * We will continue to use games. [The team didn't get the time to improve his stick-lowering strategy. So it needs another chance next time.]
 +  * Daniel will prepare and publish a clear and precise schedule before the next meeting. The schedule will contain time for the extra elements (games, talking, reflection) and breaks.
 +  * The presenters will condense their presentations to the essentials. If tutorials are included a realistic share of the time needs to be allocated for that.
 +
 +==== Value (stream) analysis ====
 +When did we waste time, i.e. spent time in a way that wasn't contributing to the overall value of the preparation?​ How can we reduce the waste? The following is just the result of a little thinking by dsp. (The focus is not on what went wrong but on how can we improve the meeting.)
 +
 +=== Values ===
 +  * Deep understanding of the topics by the presenters/​experts.
 +  * Good overview of the technology as background for further learning during the lab.
 +  * Basic knowledge how to use technology.
 +  * Hands-on experience of tools (to overcome the inhibition threshold to use the tools).
 +  * Motivation to use beneficial agile practices.
 +
 +=== Waste ===
 +  * Time for switching from one laptop to another.
 +  * Partially understood tutorials. (See comment above.)
 +  * [We can probably come up with more "​waste",​ if we start from the list of typical waste in software development elaborated by Poppendieck & Poppendieck:​ Partially done work - Extra processes - Extra features - Task switching - Waiting - Motion - Defects]
 +Breaks are no waste as they contribute to the ability to understand the presentations and tutorials.
 +
 +
 +=== Suggested solutions ===
 +  * Presentations
 +    * Name the five essential points that everybody should remember after the talk. (Create a summary slide listing them. Illustrations make it easier to remember them.)
 +    * Remove everything from your presentation that doesn'​t contribute to the understanding of these essential points.
 +    * Review the values and remove/add elements to provide more value with smaller effort if possible.
 +  * Tutorials
 +    * Double check tutorials. (Try variations. If you rely on certain names, write them down.)
 +    * The second partner (=: assistant) should walk around to assist the other participants in case of problems.
 +    * There might be other experienced participants. Find them before the meeting and let them assist the others.
 +    * Before proceeding with the next step, make sure that everybody got the current step. (Don't ask. Let the assistants tell you!)
 +    * Working in pairs is sometimes useful.
 +  * Organization
 +    * Suggested schedule will be published by dsp already this year.
 +    * Send your five essential points latest one week before the presentation to the contact teachers for your topic.
 +    * Presentations are submitted [to the repository or to dsp] two days before the next meeting.
 +    * The same holds true for the tutorials and the required tools.
 +    * On the morning of the Thursday before the meeting we create an IDE and a workspace that contains everything for each tutorial.
 +    * This setup will be distributed via SVN and USB-Stick.
 +    * We will use only one computer for the presentations and the tutorial (Two, if somebody needs a Mac).
  
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