When Ty Pennington, Michael Moloney, and Paige Hemmis grace our TV at home on the Extreme Makeover Home Edition on ABC at 9pm Sunday night, I am always astounded at the end of the show, during the great reveal. When the bus moves away and the tears begin to flow from the guests it is amazing to see what was built in a mere 7 days.
We can learn a lot from Ty and Extreme Makeover.
How is Extreme Makeover a Great Example of an Agile Team?
Let’s set the stage, beginning with the Team. Ty Pennington has a fantastic team of individuals and contractors.
Ty, Michael, Paige, and the other hosts are:
- Great communicators, fantastic collaborators, and flexible with changes and issues
- Knowledgable about their specific functional areas (design, architecture, construction)
- Approachable and available to help anyone
- Fully engaged in the tasks at hand
- Surround themselves with like-minded fully supportive help (volunteers)
- And most importantly, passionate about what they do
Ty Pennington and his band of rockstars are the perfect Product Owners.
The contractors (vendors, consultants) are:
- Fully invested in the project – (They have a deadline to meet of 7 days)!
- Fully cooperative with the needs of Ty and his team of Product Owners
- Fully engaged in the success of the project
- Have the right skill-sets and subcontractors to get the project done
- Contract negotiations, plans, and vendor tools? Forget about them. It’s all about collaboration, responding to change, and a fully working house at the end of the sprint.
The contractors are the perfect Agile development team.
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The special guests who are lucky enough to have their dream house built are:
- Always happy and smiling because they know their product is being built on time
- Are pure chickens, they just drop in now and again to get a quick status
- Know that the top priority features of a house will be met, all extra features (unknown) are icing on the cake!
- Are always on time for the demo
The special guests are the Agile stakeholders.
Every day we see Ty and his team meet together (standing up):
- The hosts speak quickly. They know what they want.
- They stand up to ensure a sense of urgency in what they are communicating. No sitting down anywhere!
- They fully understand the game plan and communicate it concisely.
At the end of the project the entire team does a demo:
- The special guests are always on time
- The entire team attends the demo
- Both the Product Owners (Ty and team) and developers (contractors) share during the demo
- Since the demo is (always) successful, the teams have positive emotions about the success of the project, which in turn invigorates them to want to do the next sprint (next home) with just as much quality.
After the demo, the team does a retrospective:
- A question by Ty is always: “How do you like your new home?!?“
- The answer is always a happy one!
Ty Pennington and his team are fantastic. You’ll easily notice is that there is 0% re-work. Meaning, when the team demos the house, it’s “done” fully. They have baked quality into the release of the production of the house, and that means that when the family arrives to demo the house, they can immediately use and live in the “shipped” product.
If Ty knew software development, I’m sure he would chose Agile software development. It not only fits his style of work, but the fast pace work would put him in a comfortable and familiar environment of productivity, speed, and fun.
Ty! We salute you!
[Image from ABC]