Coaching scrum teams on vertical story slicing micro-services

15–16th June 2017
at etc.venues St Paul's

A 45 minute Case Study by:

Rickard Jones


John Barratt


About this Case Study

Many agile coaches are former software developers, some are not. But when technology moves on, well-known agile approaches can be challenged. Applying the agile approach of vertical story slicing on micro-services is one such example.

Join us for a discussion on how, as agile coaches, we can coach in technical areas where technology may have moved on, thus challenging the perceived coaching approaches to helping teams to become self-organising.

We'll answer questions like these:

  • How can you vertically story slice micro-services?
  • Where is the real product in micro-services?
  • How do you coach technological challenges when the team does not know the answer and neither do you?
  • When a micro-services architecture seems component based, how do feature teams work?

Finally, we present a case study of a micro-services implementation with 6 scrum teams in an insurance company building a real-time transactional Q&B system. And how they were coached!

About the Speakers

Rickard Jones

Not only is Rickard one of the authors of the AgileHR Manifesto, he is also an international conference speaker. Before becoming an Agile program lead/coach/trainer, he has been a Java developer, programme manager, change manager, project manager, development manager, scrum master, infrastructure manager, transformation lead and general dogsbody ;)

Despite an unhealthy obsession with learning, going on as many courses as possible to continue his journey of coaching, he believes nothing beats a culture of in-the-field experience.

John Barratt

John Barratt is a passionate coach who loves seeing teams grow mainly through systems coaching with a heavy influence of Improv and learning through simulation. John has worked mainly in the financial sector in the last few years helping break down some of the frustrations when working in a heavily regulated and distributed environment, he can often be found at meet-ups around London looking for new ideas to try, and experiment with. In his spare time he has a love for Martial Arts achieving a black belt in two different styles as well as looking after his 3 amazing children.

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