Accelerated learning with Mob Programming – Karel Boekhout – Agile Teams 2016

Accelerated learning with Mob Programming – Karel Boekhout

What to do if you have a team that needs to explore a lot of new territories in software development and you don’t have a senior to guide them? You let them discover it themselves, as group.


Introductory

What to do if you have a team that needs to explore a lot of new territories in software development and you don’t have a senior to guide them? You let them discover it themselves, as group.

You will learn how we used Mob Programming as a learning mechanism, ending up with a surprisingly strict process for our mobbing sessions.

The Mob Programming technique has proven to be effective with a team of seniors and in this session you’ll discover that it is just as effective with a group of less experienced developers. It can also be used to explore topics outside of just software development.

Impressed by the Mob Programming session at XP2015 in Helsinki, I conducted an experiment with the teams I was coaching.

In this session I will show you how in a few months, with a set of weekly Mob Programming sessions, the teams as a whole and all its individuals have grown much faster than they could have done otherwise. They improved their coding skills, tool mastery, involvement in Scrum ceremonies, estimation skills, process modeling (!) and learned to be much more self-sufficient.

This didn’t happen without plenty of experimentation, and some dead ends. You will learn about the different approaches we tried, how we ended up with a surprisingly strict process for our mobbing sessions, and how acceptance was easier with a team that had fewer ingrained habits of work.

Karel Boekhout is an Agile Coach operating out of the Netherlands with a background in Change Management and Process Management

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