For this month's Stride Tech Talk, Stride CEO Debbie Madden discusses the importance of Liftoffs with Diana Larsen and Ainsley Nies, co-authors of the book Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects.
Both Larsen and Nies are seasoned agile professionals, and frequently share their insight at agile conferences and workshops. Their expertise covers a wide variety topics to optimize agile teams, including continuous improvement, facilitating great retrospectives, and team leadership. In their co-authored book, they addressed the value of Liftoffs for agile projects, and why they should be practiced more routinely in agile organizations.
A Liftoff refers to a process that takes place prior to the start of an agile project. It's purpose is to align the goals of the project, define project roles, and builds momentum for the core team and project community as a whole.
Read on to learn more about the best practices for Liftoffs, and how they improve project outcomes for agile teams.
Debbie: Your book Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects is one of my all time favorite reads. What's a liftoff and why is it so critical for Agile teams?
Debbie: I've got a team that's mid-project that isn't aligned, is a liftoff a good tool to help misaligned teams mid-flight?
Debbie: What are the top 2 biggest mistakes teams make when running Liftoffs?
Debbie: What's the biggest sized team that Liftoffs work for? What if my team is bigger than this?
Plan for time, location, and personnel to create an environment that accommodates the number of teams or team members you have.
About Diana Larsen and Ainsley Nies