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Scrum War Rooms: an NDS Case Study. Avidan Lamdan, Director. Agenda. NDS – a quick overview NDS & Agile Scrum war rooms WH question NDS experience Questions. History of NDS. F ounded February, 1988 Acquired by News Corp, Rupert Murdoch Corporation, 1990

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Scrum War Rooms:

an NDS Case Study

Avidan Lamdan, Director


Agenda
Agenda

  • NDS – a quick overview

  • NDS & Agile

  • Scrum war rooms

    • WH question

  • NDS experience

  • Questions


History of nds
History of NDS

  • Founded February, 1988

  • Acquired by News Corp, Rupert Murdoch Corporation, 1990

  • First Conditional Access service [BSkyB], 1990

  • First digital Conditional Access service [DIRECTV], 1994

  • China Cable Network (INC at the time), May 2000

  • Sky+ launched at BSkyB with XTV technology, 2001

  • Since February 2009 NDS Group Ltd is a private company owned by Permira Funds and News Corporation

  • Won China DTH CA Business for ~10M smart cards, 2009/2010

  • 2009: NDS commemorated shipment of 300 millionth smart card



Digital pay tv leader
Digital pay-TV Leader

  • NDS VideoGuard® CAand DRM solutions protect 116 million active devices

  • NDS M/W deployedin 135 million devices

  • NDS DVR technology deployed in 25 milliondevices

  • NDS leads as iTV pioneer

  • NDS leads with provenconvergence solutions

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Nds agile
NDS & Agile

  • Using Agile framework over the past three years

    • Multi-site, Multi-national

    • Large-scale projects (over 300 people)

    • Supporting management

  • SCRUM implementation:

    • Sporadic across the company

    • ~10 different teams (10-40 people each)


Scrum war rooms what
Scrum War Rooms - What

  • A Single room dedicated for a scrum development team

  • Should facilitate XP environment

  • Should include the SM & Team (at least)

    • PO is an option

  • The best room

    • Central, Spacious,

      lighted, ignited


Scrum war rooms why
Scrum War Rooms - Why

  • Better productivity

  • Better communication

  • Better adaptation for changes

  • One stop shop

  • Transparency

  • “All together now”


Scrum war rooms how
Scrum War rooms - How

  • Reduced external communication

    • No landline telephones

    • Mobile on vibration

  • Whiteboard, Flipchart, Projector

  • Lots of power/LAN outlets

  • Large desk

  • Paired (10-12 people)


Scrum war rooms when
Scrum War Rooms - When

  • Class II scrum team and above

  • The group is well formed and performed

  • Limited to 12 people

  • Leverage the “knee effect”


Nds experience
NDS Experience

  • Setup

  • First meeting

  • Fiasco

  • Recovery plan

  • Current status

  • Lessons learned


Nds experience setup
NDS Experience - Setup

  • Dedicated team

    • Internal and newcomers

  • Allocation of new area

  • Supportive management

    • Up a certain level 

  • Lots of goodwill


Nds experience first meeting
NDS Experience – First Meeting

  • Players:

    • Team leaders

    • Logistics

    • Architect

  • Issues:

    • Open space

    • Firm conformance

    • Limited budget

    • General structure


Nds experience fiasco
NDS Experience –Fiasco

  • Poor preparation

  • Not enough communication

    • Intra-team

    • Intra-company

  • Bad vibes

  • Maslow pyramid compromised…


Nds experience recovery plan
NDS Experience – Recovery Plan

  • Compromise

    • Single war room

    • At least 50% occupancy

    • Crowded seating cubicles

    • A LOT of “rest” space

  • And a movie


Nds experience lessons learned
NDS Experience – Lessons Learned

  • Communication, communication, communication!

  • War room is NOT open space

  • Team success is more important than mr²

  • Less documentation

  • Highly adaptive teams


Nds experience current status
NDS Experience – Current Status

  • War room – mostly occupied

  • Meeting rooms – not in use

  • Waiting to get approval for second room

  • Company-wide traction




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