Getting a grip on your agile maturity using the ambition chart

“Improvements planned in the retrospective do not stand on their own. What is the ambition of your team and how do you share these?”


That is the main statement of the talk I gave today at the Agile Testing Days held in Potsdam Germany. The talk was about how to get grip on your agile maturity and I shared a tool called the “ambition chart” that is effective to:

  • Discus and share the ambition and dreams agile team members have
  • Chunk the dream into feasible improvement steps
  • Manage expectations with stakeholder and management
  • Prioritise improvement suggestions during retrospective
  • And make transparent where you are working on as a team and celebrate successes

Many delegate asked me for the slides right after the session, so I share them below. I hope it inspires you to make your own ambition map and apply it in you organisation. Good luck!

About derkjandegrood

Derk-Jan de Grood, works for Squerist as senior test consultant and agile advisor. As Trainer, Consultant and Agile Coach, he is involved with improvements and agile implementations. Derk-Jan is the author of several successful books including TestGoal, Grip on IT and the Dutch Testers association’s jubilee book on future trends in testing. In 2016 he published “Agile in the Real World”, a book on SCRUM. Derk-Jan won several awards including the prestigious European Testing Excellence Award in 2014
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