Agile Families: Techniques for Living with Change

Learn everything about Family vNext, the framework based on agile methods the Starr family has evolved over 9 years of using agile practices at home.
Course info
Rating
(113)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 29, 2013
Duration
3h 10m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(113)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 29, 2013
Duration
3h 10m
Description

Learn techniques for reflecting and improving with your family using Family vNext, the system based on agile methods the Starr family has evolved over 9 years of using agile practices at home. Borrowing from inspirations as diverse as computer programming, Winston Churchill, astronauts, contemporary organizational dynamics, and lava lamps, the Starrs provide a look into a world where familes face the inevitable change of today's life together, and get chores done in the process.

About the author
About the author

David Starr has worked in technology leadership positions for over 20 years. He specializes in agile software development practices, patterns and practices, and judicious application of various technologies within development teams. He is a 5 time Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio and a technical instructor with Pluralsight where he focuses on the software development practices and developer tooling curricula. David blogs at ElegantCode.com, is a frequent contributor at conferences and a frequent writer. He has successfully led many product development teams and is a technical learning professional.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

The Framework
Hello, Dave and Eleanor Starr back again for the second module of the Family vNext course, where we focus on the Family vNext framework itself. This is Elle, and in this module, we'll look at practical applications for the basics that we've already covered. It's important to remember why we're doing this and what we're trying to accomplish. So we're going to start at taking a look at the big picture. And then we'll back up to see, what does it mean to be an active member of the family when we're using Family vNext? What are the roles involved, maybe beyond the basics of being a parent and a child? And then we'll dive into the structure and execution of a family meeting, followed by an explanation of the daily huddle, what it is, how it's done, and why we do it. And we'll wrap up by looking at a family in a new way as a learning organization.

Our Weekly Family Meeting Recipe
Hello, it's Dave and Elle here. And we're back for another module, this one focusing on our, that is the Starr family's, weekly family meeting, our recipe for how to actually exercise the Family vNext framework. The backlog for this module will contain enough about goals and commitments so we can tell the difference. We'll also learn to recognize different types of work, because different types of work demand different techniques for managing them. And then we'll dissect the mechanics of our weekly family meeting.

Advanced Retrospective Recipes
Hey Elle, it looks like they're back for more Retrospectives. Woohoo! So this time we're going to just dive right in to Eleanor's recipe box and walk through some Retrospectives that Eleanor has put together that are her favorites from times we've used them throughout the years with the kids. Hey Elle, why these, why were these your favorites? I thought they worked best with families. Well you spent some time a while back researching Retrospectives, right? Correct, I looked into all kinds of different Retrospective techniques and what I found were some that definitely would work better in the workplace and some that really were geared toward using with kids. And I remember doing all of the ones on this list in our dining room, so I know that each one of these works with kids and it has been pretty effective for us. So that's cool. Let's just dive in.