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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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